Alan Steinberg
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Alan Steinberg, Ph.D. is a passionate civic leader with the desire to improve the Houston community through education, advocacy, and civic action by connecting people who can turn challenges into opportunities. Alan serves as the President/CEO of the West Houston Association working with industry leaders who collaborate, educate and advocate to improve the quality of life, experience, and opportunity for 2,000,000+ people who live, work and play across the 1,000 sq mile Greater West Houston region. 

Before coming to the West Houston Association, Alan served as Associate Director of Houston Programs and Partnerships within Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership leading the Houston Action Research Teams, which are groups of undergraduate students working with local community partners to address issues facing the city and it’s residents. Prior to Rice, Alan served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, teaching courses on U.S. & Texas government, public policy, statistics and research design, while conducting research on social media and political engagement.

Most likely found wearing boots and a cowboy hat, Alan is very engaged with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, currently serving on multiple committees, including as Division Vice Chairman of the Transportation Committee and Vice Chairman of the Communications Special Services Committee. Additionally, Alan serves as a Mayoral appointee to the City of Houston’s Clean City Commission, as well as on the board of directors of the Memorial Management District, Harris County MUD 500, Leadership Houston, Plant It Forward Farms, Keep Houston Beautiful, and on the NEXTGen Leadership Committee for the Holocaust Museum Houston. Alan also volunteers with the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region, the HAY Center for foster youth, the Alief Super Neighborhood Council, and serves on the Advisory Council for the University of Houston – Katy, UH Victoria’s Business School, and Volunteer Houston.

A strong believer in education and lifelong learning, Alan holds a Ph.D and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Houston, an EMBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology, a M.S. in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University, a Graduate Certificate in International Affairs from the Bush School of Public Service, and a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Alan is an alumni of Leadership Houston (Class 38), Leadership Katy (Class 1), Texas A&M Forest Service Leadership Institute (Class 2), and is a current participant of the American Leadership Forum (Class 56). He is always ready to work with others to make Houston an increasingly better place to live, work, and play.

Ryann Mahoney
Events & Communications Coordinator
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Ryann Mahoney is an ardent communication specialist with experience in non-profit organizations, public relations, social media marketing, and event coordinating. She aims to use her expertise within organizations to facilitate success, partner with others to turn obstacles into opportunities, and create meaningful connections and relationships.  

Ryann received her BA in Communication Studies from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2021 and volunteers at Keep Houston Beautiful as the social media coordinator. Ryann was born and raised in West Houston and seeks to create the same fond memories she has for other families in the beautiful growing community of Greater West Houston

WHA Fellows

This program provides college and graduate students the opportunity to spend a year learning about a set of challenges facing the Greater West Houston region and engaging with those challenges head on. Each fellow will serve side-by-side with a WHA committee, attending meetings and participating in discussions in the same way our industry leader members do. For more information please contact Alan Steinberg, 


Trevor Deines is a current graduate student attending Texas A&M’s Masters of Landscape Architecture program. He has built a strong technical foundation of the landscape environment through his professional years as a project manager over landscape construction, maintenance, and irrigation. Trevor strives to apply his hands-on knowledge and experience toward purposeful, sustainable, and feasible design solutions that reconnect individuals to the natural environment. Trevor is working with the Parks, Recreation, Open Spaces Committee.



David Hebert is a current graduate student attending Texas A&M’s Masters of Landscape Architecture program. He has been managing/operating a landscaping business since 2009 that has been a two time Aggie 100 winner, which is an award for the top 100 fastest growing Aggie owned businesses in the world. David is working with the Water Resources Committee.




Vivian Le is a current undergraduate student attending Rice University, studying Computational and Applied Mathematics along with Statistics and a minor in Data Science. She aspires to be a data analyst in the health-tech field and enjoys hand building models in her free time. Vivian is working with the Regional Mobility Committee.








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