Office of International Communities
About Terence O'Neill
Terence O’Neill is Division Manager of the Office of International Communities, a new initiative under the City’s Department of Neighborhoods established by Mayor Annise Parker. Bringing together Houston's uniquely-diverse international community, O'Neill's team promotes their well-being and connectedness and facilitates their successful civic, economic and cultural integration in Houston.
Under O'Neill's leadership, the City of Houston has emerged as an international destination, sparked with the initiation of a park at the Houston Dynamo Stadium honoring the Sister Cities of Houston. O'Neill's team also has successfully brought together Houston's diplomatic community, utilizing the sporting world in hosting two World Cup-related events.
O'Neill has worked closely with former Mexican President Vicente Fox and former U. S. Secretary of State James Baker, alongside the World Affairs Council of Houston, to develop the www.GlobalHouston.org Web site that serves as a portal for Houston's international community. The site was awarded by Leadership Houston for its extraordinary contributions toward the betterment of life in the greater Houston area.
Additionally, he was instrumental in Houston signing trade agreements with Chiba, Japan and Mexico.
In his latest project with the Office of International Communities, his top priorities include continuing to elevate Houston as an international city and raise awareness of the issues of Human Trafficking. Through promotion of the Global Houston Web site as Houston's international portal, he hopes to build synergy throughout Houston's international population.
O'Neill studied Philosophy at the University of Houston-Downtown and the University of St. Thomas and is currently pursuing a master's degree at Rice University.