Mayor Sylvester Turner has appointed two new executive staff members to continue his vision of appointing more Houstonians to serve the community and to champion and amplify the priorities and accomplishments of his administration.
Olivia Lee is the new director of Boards and Commissions. In this role, Lee will help Mayor Turner identify individuals with expertise and commitment for an appointment to serve on a City of Houston board or commission. Appointees volunteer their time and knowledge to benefit the community by setting policy, settling disputes, aiding fellow citizens, fundraising, and planning for Houston's future.
She joins the City of Houston after serving as District Director for State Representative Ann Johnson, District 134. She performed community outreach by fostering relationships with local community leaders, activists, civic clubs, and other groups. She also managed constituent casework, ensuring the office handled all constituent requests efficiently and expeditiously. Lee graduated Cum Laude from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.
Deidrea George has been named Press Secretary for the Mayor's Communications Office. George, a Houston native, joins the city with more than 15 years of communications experience, most recently with TxDOT, where she served as Public Information Officer for the Houston region. She has served during every Houston-area hazardous weather event since Hurricane Ike, including Hurricane Harvey and the 2021 winter storm.
George holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Sam Houston State University.
"I am delighted to have these accomplished women join my administration. They bring a fresh perspective and vast knowledge of the City of Houston. I know they will be an asset to my executive team. I plan to work until the very last minute, on the final day of my term. I am confident that Olivia and Deidrea will help me cross the finish line strong as we work on behalf of all Houstonians," said Mayor Turner.
George and Lee began their respective roles with the City of Houston on Oct. 23, 2022.