Hurricane Harvey tested the resolve of millions of Texans. WIG alumnae in Houston are working tirelessly to mobilize resources, lift spirits, and lead the the long recovery ahead.
Rep. Carol Alvarado (Class of 2016) was a constant source of information and supplies in her east Houston district. She’s now leading a bipartisan effort as chair of the Urban Affairs Committee to fund housing repairs.
Even political rivals teamed up for rescue efforts. Rep. Jeff Leach, a tea party Republican from Collin County, wanted to know how he could assist Rep. Carol Alvarado, who he serves with on the Texas House Urban Affairs Committee.
Alvarado, a Democrat from Houston, has been riding out the storm at her sister's house, watching floodwaters rise and the city struggle to find enough rescue boats.
Alvarado said Leach called to tell her that some friends of his in Collin County had purchased a boat so they could come to Houston to help. By Monday afternoon, Leach was already in Spring, a Houston suburb, she said.
"They're helping, they're working and we're very grateful," she said.
Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker (Class of 2015) is now Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer with BakerRipley. She is one of the key executives who will lead this community-based organization in the Houston recovery efforts
, coming in behind the first responders for what promises to be an extended recovery.