HISD trsutee Wanda Adams tells the Factor she will be named the new President of HISD’s Board of Trustee. 

Adams says the appointment will likely come this Friday. 
More about Adams:
Wanda Adams was elected to the HISD Board of Education in 2013 after serving the 

limit of three two-year terms as Houston City Councilmember for District D. Adams’ 

commitment as a Board of Education Trustee is to continue to incorporate strong 

literacy programs, strengthen parent and community engagement, and decrease the 

number of low-performing schools in District IX.

Ms. Adams is a native Houstonian and product of HISD, graduating as a basketball 

standout from Kashmere High School. She received an athletic scholarship to Texas 

Southern University, where she earned her bachelor of science degree in public affairs 

and a master’s degree in public administration.

She is a professor of political science at her alma mater, where she also hosts the 

KTSU public-affairs radio program, “A Closer Look.” She brings to her classroom and 

the radio program not only experience as an elected official but a long career in public 

service for organizations and agencies including the Houston Housing Authority, Harris 

County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Association, and the Mayor’s Assistance 

Office. Ms. Adams is also the first African-American woman to be appointed to serve on 

the Harris County Appraisal District Board of Directors.

The HISD trustee has traveled throughout the world – Africa, Europe, and South 

America – as an international ambassador for the City of Houston.

As a public servant, Adams has been committed to support for the homeless, veterans, 

the disabled, and mentally ill, and is a strong advocate for breast cancer awareness. 

Among the organizations for which she volunteers are the Houston Area Women’s 

Center, YMCA, YWCA, Keep Houston Beautiful, and Meals on Wheels in the Sunnyside 


As a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Adams had the honor of being 

appointed to national committees, including the Social Action Commission and the 

National/Regional Housing Task Force. She also serves as a trustee for the Museum of 

Fine Arts Houston and is a member of Leadership Houston Class 30.

Ms. Adams is a Sunday school teacher and international missionary for the Fountain of 

Praise church, through which she participated in a mission to Cape Town, South Africa, 

in 2013.

Among her honors are being featured in Houston Woman magazine’s Top 50 Women in 

Houston, the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children’s Elected 

Official of the Year Award, selection to RollingOut.com’s Top 25 Women, and the Award 

of Distinction from the National Forum of Black Public Accountants. Adams also 

partnered with KRIV Fox 26 on a television news special, “Diversity in the Classroom,” 

at Westbury High School. The program won a 2015 Lone Star Emmy Award.