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Mayor Whitmire Names New Director of Planning and Development Department

Vonn TranJuly 5, 2024 -- Mayor John Whitmire has announced plans to appoint Vonn Tran as the City of Houston’s Planning and Development Director, subject to city council confirmation on Wednesday, July 17.

Tran has a wealth of experience, with over 20 years in the commercial real estate industry. Her highly-regarded leadership skills have a proven track record of bringing opposing parties together to reach a consensus and respond to customers. Tran's background includes knowledge of Special Districts, such as Management Districts, TIRZs, and MUDs, and how they aid development and redevelopment. She also has expertise in the impact regulations have on development and neighborhoods.

As Planning Director, Tran will oversee the implementation of ordinances that affect development and neighborhoods. She will also lead transportation planning, collaborate with the Planning Commission, Houston Archeological and Historical Commission, and Tower Commission, and streamline operations to create efficiencies.

"Vonn Tran has the education and experience to lead the Planning Department. I am grateful that she wants to contribute to the success of the City of Houston through public service after a successful private sector career. She will bring transparency and a new perspective on putting the public first, providing a positive experience, and building long-term relationships," said Mayor Whitmire.

Tran holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and an MBA from Bauer College of Business with a focus in finance. She is a Leadership Houston Class XXI graduate, a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker, and a Certified Commercial Investment Member.

"I am grateful for Mayor Whitmire's confidence in me to lead the Planning Department. I look forward to working collaboratively for the good of Houston," said Tran.