Houston in Action is made up of people and organizations who have come together to strengthen and grow community-led civic participation and organizing culture in the Houston region.

Houston in Action coordinates members, non-member partners in public, private and non-profit sectors to think innovatively, and remove barriers to, and improve access to, civic engagement opportunities for our region's residents. Houston in Action was formed in 2017 and released report, Take Action Houston: Policies Affecting Civic Participation in Houston and Texas. 

In 2018, Houston in Action began work to coordinate regional strategy for the 2020 Census and in 2019 was became the City and Harris County convener for their joint Census 2020 campaign and Complete Count Committee and Subcommittees. Houston in Action worked with local government, stakeholders and community members to activate trusted messengers to inspire Census completion among our region's most undercounted communities while sharing data, strategy and systems, in the face of federal attacks on Census integrity and the Covid pandemic. Houston in Action also organized data, strategy and systems for a coordinated campaign across area community groups to register and mobilize voters under-reached voters of color during the historic 2020 elections. 

In 2021, Houston in Action has prioritized the advancement of electoral reform policies, voter protection, and fair redistricting maps in the 87th Texas Legislative Session, as well as community-based mapping through Unity Maps. Houston in Action members are also leveraging their networks for the equitable access to vaccinations against Covid. Community in Action Academy is a regional hub for live and self-directed learning of skills for organizing, civic participation, community outreach, and more.

We envision a civic life in Harris County where every person and each institution play a powerful role in shaping a just and vibrant community.


Steering Committee

The Steering Committee provides board-like governance and leadership to the initiative, and ensures coordination and alignment among Task Forces.The committee includes co-chairs from each Task Force and other key stakeholders, such as local leaders, policymakers, community members, and others.
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Executive Director

Frances joined Houston in Action as Facilitator in June 2018 and became the Executive Director in June 2019.
More about Frances Valdez

Contact us at info@houstoninaction.org or find us Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

When we contribute to/are involved in shaping and maintaining the systems, services, and structures that help our families and community be their best, they can improve our quality of life and opportunities to have a good life, good jobs, and prosper.

HiA is the collective power of people and organizations throughout the Greater Houston area coming together to promote community leadership and break down systemic barriers to civic participation.
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United Way of Greater Houston 2020 Census Response Grant