Houston Business-Education Coalition PAC (HBEC) Endorses Paula Harris in Fall HISD Election

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The Houston Business-Education Coalition (HBEC) is pleased to announce that it has endorsed Paula Harris in the District 4 Houston Independent School District (HISD) Election.

The Houston Business-Education Coalition (HBEC) is pleased to announce that it has endorsed Paula Harris in the District 4 Houston Independent School District (HISD) Election.

"We interviewed all candidates and carefully considered responses to a detailed questionnaire," said Jonathan Day, HBEC Pac Chair. "Paula is an outstanding community leader with a strong record of supporting our public schools. She is committed to improving student academic performance and reducing our unacceptable drop-out rate. HBEC is grateful for her continuing commitment to serve HISD and its students and parents."

HBEC is comprised of 15 business and professional leaders who are vitally interested in the quality of the leadership on the HISD Board. Members of the HBEC PAC are:

  • Jonathan Day - Of Counsel, Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Michael Griffin, Silver Oak Financial Group
  • Larry Kellner - Chairman and CEO, Emerald Creek Group
  • Ramon Manning - CEO, Partners Energy Group
  • Sherea McKenzie Director of Special Projects Harris County Precinct 1
  • Gasper Mir - Principal, MFR P.C.
  • Rod Paige - Former Secretary of Education & Former Superintendent of HISD
  • Adrian Patterson - Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
  • Gracie Saenz - Shareholder Attorney, Winstead P.C.
  • Douglas M. Selman - R&D VP, Exxon (Retired)
  • Michael Trevino - Reputation Management Associates
  • Lori Vetters - Principal, MFR, PC
  • Jim Windham - Windham Capital Advisory
  • Don Woo - Mission Constructor

About Paula Harris:
Paula Harris is a native Houstonian who was educated in HISD. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in petroleum engineering, affording her a 20 year career in the oil industry. She is currently the director of community affairs for Schlumberger.

Paula Harris has received several awards and acknowledgments, including being named to Black Engineer's "50 Who Make a Difference" and "Key Women in Energy", the "Women of Color in Technology", the Mentor Award for Greater Houston's Women's Chamber of Commerce, and the 2007 "Outstanding Texan" award. Paula has also had the honor of being profiled in Black Engineer, Graduating Engineer, Money Magazine, and Houston Women magazines. She is active in the community and serves on the boards of Project Row Houses, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Hester House, Menil Development, the Mental Health Association, and The Ensemble Theatre. She was appointed to the Texas Energy Planning Council, and the HISD Career and Technology Education Advisory Board. Paula was also recently selected to serve on the Board of Directors for Space Center Houston, where she will chair the education subcommittee.

Paula has served the parents, students, and schools of District 4 since she was elected to the Houston Independent School District Board of Education in 2007. She was chosen by her peers to serve as first vice president in her first year as a trustee and again in 2010, and now she is serving as president. Paula is committed to improving the education of students in HISD. This commitment is reflected in her many accomplishments as a Board member, such as the decreasing drop out rate and rise in student achievement. Paula and her husband Dwayne Harris are the owners of DPM Investments. They have a daughter who attends an HISD school. More information about Paula can be found at http://www.paulaharrisforhisd.com.

About Houston Business-Education Coalition PAC
HBEC is committed to supporting candidates for school board positions who demonstrate the leadership to improve student academic performance. HBEC is also committed to creating support in the community for significant changes that are required in Houston's public schools.

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