Annise Parker is president and CEO of Victory Fund, a role she took after maxing out term limits in three roles in Houston city government: City Council member, City Controller, and mayor. She was the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major US city.
Prior to joining Victory Fund, she was senior vice president and chief strategy officer of BakerRipley, a community development nonprofit. She was also a Fellow at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders and professor at Rice University.
In 2010 Time magazine named Mayor Parker one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She was named top US mayor and seventh-ranked world mayor in 2014 by City Mayors Foundation.
In addition to her duties as mayor, Mayor Parker was a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, chaired the US Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee, was a steering committee member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and served on the boards of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and Houston Galveston Area Council. She is a past Fellow of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Parker has a BA from Rice University.