On November 6th, voters in Harris County made history and voted for the first woman elected County Judge. Lina Hidalgo has been hard at work preparing to take office on January 1, 2019 and has announced plans for a public-facing engagement campaign, “Talking Transition: Harris County,” that will engage Harris county residents, as well as civic, community, and business leaders in conversations about the future of Harris County over the coming months.
The transition will provide updates and opportunities for engagement in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, if you are interested in helping the transition, please email email@example.com.
If you are interested in working in the Office of the Harris County Judge, please email HCRecruit@hctx.net.
December 6, 2018-
JUDGE-ELECT HIDALGO ANNOUNCES TRANSITION EFFORT
HARRIS COUNTY —Harris County Judge-Elect Lina Hidalgo announced today the formal launch of her transition effort with plans for a public-facing engagement campaign and the appointment of distinguished leadership for her transition team.
“We’ve been hard at work meeting with the department heads and professionals that serve Harris County. I’m excited to begin the next phase of our transition - building our team and engaging the diverse constituencies of Harris County.”
After her landmark victory for the highest executive position in Harris County, Hidalgo named Joseph Carlos Madden as the Executive Director of the Harris County Judge Transition. Madden most recently served as the Director of Public Policy for Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis. A seasoned expert in public policy, he has built a career in public service where he has worked in various capacities for prominent county and state elected officials, including serving as Executive Director of the Legislative Study Group, a caucus in the Texas House of Representatives, and Chief of Staff for State Representative Garnet F. Coleman. He brings years of experience in county government policy, healthcare and civil rights.
Hidalgo named 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. The group’s role will be to advise Judge-Elect Hidalgo on the naming of select, high-level staff within the County Judge’s office.
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.
The broader transition effort will be aided by HR&A Advisors, an economic development, real estate and public policy advisory firm advising local governments for the last four decades, including here in Harris County. HR&A has provided support to innovative and inclusive transitions across the country and will support the transition over the next three months.
Hidalgo also announced plans for a public-facing engagement campaign, “Talking Transition: Harris County,” that will engage Harris county residents and civic, community, and business leaders in conversations about the future of Harris County over the coming months.