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 eight committees, including as Vice Chairman of both the Transportation Committee and the Houston General Go Texan 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 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 XXXVIII), and is currently part of both the inaugural Leadership Katy cohort and the second cohort of the Texas A&M Forest Service Leadership Institute. He is always ready to work with others to make Houston an increasingly better place to live, work and play.
Jennifer Boggs, J.D., seeks to help augment both the public and private sectors to better serve the community. Before coming to the West Houston Association, Jennifer worked for Whole Foods and Amazon in Austin. She brings years of experience in non-profit development; she has knowledge of events, policy, and business.
Jennifer holds a JD from St. Mary’s University School of Law, and a BA in Political Science and Government from Angelo State University. She is also an alumni of the West Houston Leadership Institute and serves on the Board of Directors for Today’s Youth.
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
Spring 2022 Intern
As a past participant in the Hobby School of Public Affairs’ Civic Houston Internship Program (CHIP), Alan worked with Houston City Councilmember Tarsha Jackson and her staff, representing District B. This experience provided an opportunity to learn from experienced office personnel. His responsibilities included research and data input into super neighborhoods in district B as well as religious centers. Furthermore, he was also tasked with constituent outreach.
Alan has lived in Houston his whole life and loves every facet of it. He’s a dedicated fan of the Houston Astros and you will see him going to games in his free time. He works part time for the Dynamo team shop, and is also a mentor for the commuters at UH.
Spring 2022 Intern
Jennifer Moreno is a third-year student at the University of Houston majoring in political science. As part of her degree program, she will be interning at the West Houston Association for the Spring 2022 semester. Jennifer plans to attend law school after finishing her degree and looks forward to gaining experience in the nonprofit sector.
Jennifer has experience working as a personal assistant for the past five years and consulting on social media for a small business. She is passionate about family law issues and volunteers with the CASA organization as a court appointed advocate for children in foster care. Jennifer graduated with her Associates of Science from Lonestar College in 2020.
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