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  • Lifetime Achievement Award - 2009 Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, 2009
  • United Way Gold Award - 2008-2009 Fundraising Campaign
  • Proud Partner Award - Houston Mayor's Proud Partners, 2008
  • Woman of the Year (Elected Official) - Sucesos Magazine, 2008
  • Fiestas Patrias Hispanic of the Year Award, 2007
  • Parks and Natural Areas Honor Award - Houston-Galveston Area Council, 2006
  • Premios Tesoro Award, 2004
  • Boys and Girls Harbor Skipper, 2004
  • Quasar Award; Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, 2004
  • National Mexican American Historical Society, 1991
  • CLSA Service Award - Texas State University, 1989 
  • National Woman of Achievement, 1988
  • Public Service Award of the Year, La Voz Newspaper, 1988


  • Developed an integrated precinct-wide mobility plan
  • Spearheaded the Houston Ship Channel Security District, a model for homeland port security at the national level
  • Championed key bills in State Congress related to comprehensive ethics reform, law enforcement and graffiti abatement, illegal gaming machines, to name a few
  • Enforced environmental guidelines in precinct construction projects and fleet retrofitting
  • Successfully worked with mayors, constables, ISDs and the private sector to achieve sustainable partnerships
  • Implemented top technological standards in all precinct operations

Community/Civic Activities

  • President, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
  • Chairman-Elect, Texas Conference of Urban Counties
  • Director, Hurricane Ike Recovery Committee, HGAC
  • Director, Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC)
  • Member, Harris-Galveston Evacuation in Response Task Force
  • Honorary Member, Daughters of the Republic of Texas
  • Member, League of Women Voters
  • Trustee, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Director, Texas Southern University Foundation

Other Activities

  • Keynote Speaker - La Porte Civic Club, San Jacinto Junior College, BAHEP Economic Summit, Pasadena ISD Tegeler Center Graduation, among numerous academic, business and community events
  • Defender of voter rights, supported voter registration and promotion campaigns; teamed up with precinct judges to identify and resolve matters regarding voting sites and access to voter information
  • Experience at the bench enables her to address complex judicial issues such as alternatives to juvenile detention, jail overcrowding and bail bond reform; active speaker on these topics at forums and town hall meetings
  • Cast member of Night Court; for twelve consecutive years, a benefit play series to raise funds for charities of the Houston Bar Association
  • Top elected Latina in Harris County, strong supporter of Inner City community organizations; helped preserve the integrity of the Gus Wortham Golf Course, Buffalo Bend Nature Park and J.R. Harris Park, all in Houston's East End; acted as Grand Marshal to numerous Hispanic-themed parades throughout Precinct Two
  • Golfer and avid reader

Professional Associations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Hispanic Bar Association of Houston

Bar Admissions

  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1979
  • Southern District of Texas, 1979
  • State Bar of Texas, 1978