At-Large Position 5
About the Council Member
Sallie is a mom, wife, friend, volunteer, and dedicated public servant. She’s no stranger to City Hall where she has earned a reputation for being a strong staff leader with sharp analytical skills and a keen political sense. She served three council members, the city’s flood czar, and held two positions in the housing and community development department. Her passion for public policy is well reflected in her work on a broad range of issues including flood mitigation, transportation, city finances, housing, economic development, and infrastructure.
As chief of staff to the chair of the budget and fiscal affairs committee, Sallie learned to navigate the city’s $5 billion budget. She helped develop the city’s comprehensive financial policies and orchestrated five years of budget hearings. She was heavily involved in initial Harvey recovery efforts and obtained grant funding to advance green stormwater infrastructure initiatives. She assembled and managed a task force to tackle redevelopment and flooding policies, worked with council members to identify neighborhood drainage projects, and led the charge to bring Houston’s Adopt-A-Drain Program to life.
Sallie also worked to alleviate food deserts, led park clean ups, established an annual senior falls prevention event, and advocated for city policy to allow ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in Houston. In her work at the housing department, she successfully resolved compliance issues with HUD so federal affordable housing funds were restored to the city. In addition to these accomplishments, Sallie spent her many days at City Hall researching council agenda items, preparing ordinance amendments and briefing materials, and most importantly, responding to constituents needing help with city-related matters.
Sallie has a long history of serving her community. She has worked with offenders as a volunteer facilitator for Bridges to Life, a restorative justice prison program aimed at reducing recidivism rates. She is on the advisory board of the San Jose Clinic and has served on the boards of Holocaust Museum Houston and the Houston READ Commission. She has chaired events and raised funds for the Holocaust Museum, the Women’s Fund, the Children’s Museum, the READ Commission, and the Contemporary Arts Museum. She also served for many years as a parent volunteer at her children’s schools. She is a longtime member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.
Sallie moved to Houston in the seventh grade and attended Westchester High School. She graduated with a finance degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of arts in public administration from the University of Houston.
Sallie has been married to native Houstonian George Alcorn for thirty-one years. They raised their four children in Houston and are incredibly proud of the kind, productive young adults they’ve become.
In her spare time, Sallie enjoys hiking, running (doesn’t really enjoy, but she runs), yoga, comedy, college football, books, movies, the beach, and traveling to visit her kids.