Nominations for serving on the Houston - Galveston Area Council Technical Advisory Council are due this Thursday, December 31, 2015, according to an email sent to current TAC members.
There is a known crisis of underrepresentation of women and non-white people on H-GAC boards and councils, as noted by Houston Tomorrow. By our quick informal check - googling images of the people on this list, of the 38 current primary members of the H-GAC TAC, only six are women, while half of the people of the Houston region are female. Similarly informally, our count is that only four members of the TAC appear to be hispanic, only one African American, and only one Asian or Middle Eastern. At least 23 members are white with 8 others whose pictures we could not find online. This is a public entity purporting to represent all the people of the most diverse metropolitan region in the nation with influence over the allocation - both geographically and between modes - of several billion dollars in spending every year.
This notice that four days are left to submit nominations was sent to current members of the TAC and does not seem to have been posted anywhere online:
TO: TPC Members, Alternates, and Ex-Officio Members
TAC Members and Alternates
Appointing Officials of TPC and TAC Representatives
The Transportation Policy Council Nominating Committee requests nominations for at large candidates to serve on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for 2016. The purpose of the TAC is to coordinate development of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), assist with technical tasks associated with the development of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and to coordinate intermodal planning.
The 16 at-large positions include special interest groups as follows:
· Cities of less than 50,000 population (1 position)
· Rural transit (1 position)
· Urban transit (1 position)
· Environmental and Planning (5 positions)
· Citizen Interests and Business Interests (2 positions)
· Intermodal interests—Bicycle/Pedestrian, Ports, Airports, Railroads, Toll Roads, Freight Shippers/Carriers, and Highway/Transit User Groups (6 positions)
The TPC Nominating Committee will review all nominations and make its recommendations to the TPC at the January 22, 2016 meeting. If you have any questions about these nominations, please contact Rosalind Hebert (713) 993-2471, or Alan Clark at (713) 993-4585.
Zahid Mahmoud, Port of Houston Authority
Alternate: Charles Russell, P.E., City Engineer, City of Stafford
Mark Loethen, P.E., Assistant Director, City of Houston Public Works & Engineering Department
Alternate: Jack Whaley, P.E., Director, Houston TranStar
Jeff Taebel, FAICP, H-GAC
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