Evan Mintz

Communications Manger

Evan Mintz is a Communications Manager for Arnold Ventures’ Criminal Justice team. He previously served as deputy opinion editor for the Houston Chronicle, where he was a 2017 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing for a series on gun laws, gun culture, and gun tragedy. He also served as editor of the editorial board team that was a finalist for the 2018 Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership. Evan is a licensed attorney and received his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where he served as editorial board editor of the Cardozo Jurist. He also worked as executive editor at the Rice Thresher, the student newspaper at Rice University, where he received a bachelor's degree in history and the Bobb Award for writing and journalism.

Areas of Expertise
I hope to bring a career in journalism and communications to the team and help bridge the divide between policy expertise and public knowledge. 

What does “Houston in Action” mean to you?
For decades our city has been run top-down. Politicians and CEOs charted the course – for better or worse. But the world is changing. Houston no longer has as many CEOs as we used to. Companies have consolidated and their CEOs live in places like New York or London. We’ve become home to VPs – a class of managers who lack the authority or foresight to shape our city. With the old model dying, it is time to build something new from the ground up. This means empowering individuals to take charge of their own city. It means helping them seize the levers of control. It means letting Houstonians run Houston. 

What do you like most about Houston and its diverse tapestry?
Diversity brings an unique energy to Houston that makes our city feel like clay hot from the kiln. While other major American cities are becoming stilted and cold – stuck in their ways – we’re still ready to be shaped by anyone with proper vision and ambition.

Regardless of social identity, people should have equal opportunities to participate in, and have a meaningful impact, on civic life.