NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR THE SUGAR LAND RESIDENT!
The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) is pleased to announce that Jacqueline Baly Chaumette has been named as one of the 2009 Ten Outstanding Young Americans. The presentation of the 71stannual black-tie awards ceremony will be held September 26, 2009, in the Orlando, Florida Ramada Inn Orlando Celebration Resort & Convention Center.
Forty-year-old Jacqueline Baly Chaumette, is President and CEO of BalyProjects, LLC, and councilmember for the city of Sugar Land, Texas. Through BalyProjects, she is working with public officials, independent school districts, and the corporate community in the development of public education programs. One of her company’s projects, Adopt-A-School Bus, is aiding local school districts in replacing their aging, diesel school buses with new, clean-fuel buses.
As the only woman, only person of color, and youngest person on the Sugar Land city council, Chaumette helps oversee the city’s policies and budget. With a master’s degree in city planning, Chaumette planned Town Square, Sugar Land’s new downtown. With this new development, she won several awards including Outstanding Development by the American Planning Association, and Exceptional Design by the Association of Certified Planners. Chaumette revised codes and ordinances, with a focus on making Sugar Land more comparable and desirable for community development.
Chaumette has spent many years working with top governmental and elected officials on the Houston region’s State Implementation Program (SIP). She currently serves as the Sugar Land council’s liaison on environmental programs and has pushed for environmental stewardship in the city. As a result, Sugar Land was credited for an ongoing partnership with Keep Sugar Land Beautiful, and its inaugural 2008 Environmental Week, a campaign that focused on litter prevention and cleanup, education, and publicity of environmental issues and community beautification led to the 2009 Government Project Award for efforts to protect the environment. Other awards won by Chaumette include: Entrepreneur of the Year (the Houston Chronicle’s) Woman on the Move and Most Influential Woman of Houston.
Chaumette is also quite active in the community including, serving as President of the Fort Bend Boys’ Choir-one of the country’s largest, Gala Chair and Board Director for the Fort Bend Education Foundation, Board Director for (Houston) City Hall Fellows and serving on both of her sons’ PTA Boards. She lectures on urban politics and public policy at her alma mater, University of Houston, and is featured on several radio and television stations discussing policy matters.
Chaumette, her husband David, and their children Raphael and Alexandre, reside in Sugar Land, Texas.