Houston in Action is an initiative made up of people and organizations who have come together to advance our community forward through our respective and collective work to build a stronger Houston through a culture of civic engagement.

Through facilitated coordination with the Steering Committee and three task forces, groups come together for collaborative projects, to think innovatively, and create new approaches to removing barrier to, and improving access to, civic engagement opportunities for Houstonians.

Houston in Action is working to increase the civic participation of Houston youth through the work of GenHTX, advance policy that supports a culture of civic engagement, reduce barriers to political engagement for the community at-large, especially those affecting marginalized communities, and provide resources that empower organizations to be more effective in these areas.

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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Task Forces

The Task Forces meet monthly to guide the creation and implementation of specific strategies, as well as serve as knowledge hubs for expertise and measurement. The Task Forces include cross-sector experts, and community members from each focus population.

Each Task Force has developed individual goals and strategies to drive towards the accomplishments of Houston in Action Mission and Vision. While each Task Force has a distinct scope of work, their efforts are mutually reinforcing.

Community Task Force

The Community Task Force works to improve civic engagement among underrepresented communities. The groups has previously worked on joint GOTV efforts and a region-wide leadership convening. The group’s work is focused on improving civic engagement through voter engagement, leadership develop and community-wide Census 2020 implementation and training.
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Policymaker Task Force

The Policymaker Task Force connects the work of Houston in Action to policy and other systems barriers to civic engagement. Texas Southern University, Rice University, and University of Houston are conducting a joint research project to identify policy and process barriers that prevent Harris County residents from civic participation. The project will enable an evidence-based and targeted approach to prioritizing the civic barriers the Task Force will address.
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General Public Task Force

The General Public Task Force works to create a public narrative around civic engagement that inspires broader public participation. The group has developed internal and external messaging used for Houston in Action communications and provided communications support for GenHTX. The group will continue build a narrative that seeks to improve civic engagement in Houston.
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Task Force

The GenHTX Task Force works to reduce barriers to civic engagement for youth. GenHTX has focused on high school voter registration and supporting youth Get Out The Vote (GOTV) events. The Task Force has developed a website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to provide a communications platform for Harris County youth engagement.
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Frances Valdez began her position as the Houston in Action Facilitator in June 2018.

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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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