HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS FOR 2016-2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
October 5, 2016
HOUSTON (October 5, 2016) – The Board of Directors of Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), the city’s designated local arts and culture agency, announces its new officers headed by HAA Board Chairman Philamena Baird.
Ms. Baird is an instrumental part of the Houston community having chaired over 100 charity events benefitting arts and culture organizations, children’s organizations, health care for children, and major sporting events. Numerous Houston mayors have recognized her talents and her ability to “get things done” by appointing her to lead and develop plans on improvement projects for the City. Most recently, Ms. Baird served as co-chair of the City of Houston’s Arts and Cultural Plan.
“Philamena Baird is a civic-minded, results-oriented leader with a compassionate heart who loves Houston,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “HAA is in good hands with Philamena at the helm and will no doubt benefit from her broad community perspective and extensive nonprofit governance experience.”
“My intention during my tenure as HAA Board Chair is that we will represent the City of Houston Mayor’s Office as a catalyst and conduit to encourage the artistic community and its expression,” stated Ms. Baird. In addition to her new role on the HAA Board, she serves on 13 other boards across the city and has been recognized and received awards by many organizations for her outstanding leadership in the community.
Also serving as HAA Board officers are Leigh Smith as vice chair; Suresh Raghavan as treasurer; and Michael Cordúa as secretary. Marc Melcher serves as immediate past chair, following his service as board chairman for the past four years.
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