About the Council Member
In 2013, Tiffany D. Thomas ran for Trustee position 7, with Alief ISD serving one term as the youngest elected official at her election. In 2019, with the encouragement of her community, she ran for Houston City Council, District F representing Alief, Westchase, Tanglewilde, Briar Meadow, Westmont, and the historic Piney Point. She is the first Black woman and under 40 to serve in this role. As Chair of Housing and Community Affairs for the city, she oversees priorities related to Housing, Veteran Affairs, Homelessness, and Solid Waste.
In response to the eviction crisis in early 2020, Councilwoman Thomas, alongside Mayor Sylvester Turner, released a rent relief program in response to COVID-19. To date, the Administration has supported housing insecure Houstonians with more than $200M in rental subsidy and $28M in direct assistance to keep families housed. Of note, the rent relief program implemented locally has gained the attention of the US Treasury Department as a national model.
Councilwoman Thomas remains vocal about the importance of preserving affordable housing options for all Houstonians – working families, those experiencing homelessness, and multi-family developments.
Since her election, Councilwoman Thomas has been met with crisis after crisis and responded to each one with fidelity, rigor, and unparalleled commitment. In partnership with community organizations, she has provided close to 750,000 meals to families in 2020, PPE mask drives, and home deliveries. She responded to the Texas Winter Storm Uri recovery efforts by organizing 15 water distribution sites in her District while managing recovery efforts for herself and family.
In addition to her professional and political leadership, Councilwoman Thomas is a lifelong learner. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston XXXI, Women’s Campaign School at Yale, American Leadership Forum XLIV (44) and the renowned Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is a current member of the Scott-Hawkins Leadership Institute Cohort IX (9) sponsored by The Links, Incorporated and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Before entering the world of politics, Councilwoman Thomas led the nonprofit management industry for over 15 years, working for various agencies focused on education, healthcare, and basic needs. Professionally, she currently serves as Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Community Development at Prairie View A&M, the only HBCU, and institution with a graduate community development academic program in Texas. She teaches introduction to community development, community research, community politics and cultural heritage and preservation.
Most importantly, she is a proud and long-time resident of District F and the public school system.