As we’ve reported here before HoustonWorks USA is over $1 million in the hole. Many blamed the former Executive Director Larry Green for the financial woes facing the non-profit. However, Green, who’s now a Houston City Councilman, deflects that blame to your favorite ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s. Green says when he took over HoustonWorks back in 2008 was already in the financial hole. He says that’s because previous leadership at HoustonWorks USA thought buying a Ben and Jerry’s franchise was a good idea.
Green says by the time he decided to sell the ice cream company the organization had already lost $800,000. He says he doesn’t no why a non-profit would buy into such a risky for profit business. Green says when he left orgaization this year he knew there were financial problems but he thought the organization was on the path to financial recovery. The now elected official also deny claims he’s ever misappropriated or channeled funds to his campaign while working at the agency that helps Houstonians find jobs!