Houston Housing Authority Chair Lance Gilliam, Texas House Urban Affairs Chair Carol Alvarado and City of Houston Sustainability Director Laura Spanjian speak at Art of Leadership policy forum on November 11th in Houston

Panel to discuss Houston quality of life issues, food deserts, and legislative interim charges leading up to the 85th Legislature at the networking reception and business forum.

Houston, TX—Keynote panelist Houston Housing Authority Chair Lance Gilliam will be joined by fellow keynote panelists, including Texas House of Representatives Urban Affairs Committee Chair and State Representative Carol Alvarado and City of Houston Sustainability Director Laura Spanjian at Esperson Gallery at GreenStreet’s “Art of Leadership: Quality of Life Forum” on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 5:30 – 7p.m., at the gallery’s GreenStreet location, 1201 Fannin, Suite 131, Houston, Texas 77002). The event will include a cocktail reception with the keynotes, elected officials, and civic and business leaders, followed by a formal panel discussion, dialogue, and audience Q&A. KPFT 90.1FM journalist and “Open Journal” host Marlo Blue will emcee and moderate the discussion.

The Nov. 11 event will focus on the post-election and current status of the region’s plan to improve the Houston’s quality of life and quality of place. The topics on the agenda for the “Art of Leadership” forum will focus on individual housing and business community growth issues, food deserts, and the Texas House of Representative’s legislative interim studies that stand to affect Houston.

“As we transition into the next City of Houston administration and, thus, a new mayor, I look forward to speaking at the November 11 Art of Leadership forum to discuss issues that impact and are affected by the city’s economic growth, as well as and our responsibilities as Houstonians to help our neighbors in need,” said Houston Housing Authority Chair Lance Gilliam. “In addition to our dialogue about the City’s next steps and trends, Chair Alvarado, Sustainability Director Spanjian and I will discuss trends in the urban housing arena and discuss our partnerships with elected officials, grocers, and local charitable organizations to give Houstonians from all income-levels access to healthy, affordable, fresh food.”

Gilliam, a partner at Waterman Steele Real Estate Advisors, has served on the Houston Housing Authority since 2010 and as board-elected chair for two years. He is joined on the panel by Houston-based Texas State Representative and Carol Alvarado, who chairs the Texas House Urban Affairs Committee, and Laura Spanjian, an urban-center best practices expert in sustainability and director of sustainability programs for the City of Houston.

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