Talent Advisory Group

As part of her commitment to promoting a transparent administration, Judge Lina Hidalgo has established a Talent Advisory Group (TAG) to advise the Judge on the naming of select, high-level staff within the County Judge’s office. 

The TAG is led by co-chairs Ginny Goldman, Michael Skelly and Oni Blair – veteran civic leaders with decades of public, nonprofit and private sector experience – as co-chairs for her Talent Advisory Group. Goldman, Skelly and Blair collectively have decades of experience in leading progressive change in the Houston area.Goldman is an independent strategist working with organizations on community engagement, and economic and racial equity policy. She co-founded and is the former executive director of the Texas Organizing Project’s Education Fund, served as a co-chair of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s executive transition committee, and chaired the Mayoral Task Force on Equity. Skelly has devoted his career to building renewable energy businesses, and is currently a Senior Advisor at Lazard, a financial advisory and asset management firm. He has served on several boards, including the Houston Parks Board. Blair serves as executive director of LINK Houston, a non-profit organization that advocates for equity in transportation. Prior to leading LINK Houston, she was a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. 

Four distinguished community leaders complete the group: Elena Marks, Gloria Moreno, Pasadena Councilman Cody Ray Wheeler, and Michael Nichols.

Marks is the president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation and a board member of Grantmakers in Health, Harris Health System, and Community Health Choice. Moreno is the assistant director for the City of Houston’s finance department where she works on grants coordination and acquisition, as well as Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery. Moreno spent eight years in Harris County government. A former Marine, Councilman Wheeler was first elected to serve the City of Pasadena in 2013. Nichols, an active business and civic leader in Houston for more than three decades, is the chairman of the board of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. 

“I am honored to have such a talented and diverse group of local leaders with extensive experience in public service, business, and civic advocacy. Their expertise is essential in ensuring that we find the most talented team members possible to serve Harris County and to implement a progressive agenda during our first 100 days,” said Hidalgo. 

For more information on the current job openings and application instructions, please visit: www.linahidalgo.com/jobs.