I am a proud Houstonian. I have lived in this district nearly all my life, and have made my home and built my career here.
I was born in Hermann Hospital, the youngest of three sisters. After graduating from St. John’s School, I went to Kenyon College in Ohio, where I earned highest honors in History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1997. After college, I worked for several years—including four at Houston’s Alley Theatre—before earning a fellowship to attend William & Mary Law School in Virginia. In law school, I was elected editor-in-chief of the William and Mary Law Review and graduated in 2006.
My legal career began in 2006 at Vinson & Elkins, an international law firm founded in Houston more than 100 years ago. A few years later, I joined Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing (AZA), a 50-person firm based in Houston that focuses on high-stakes business litigation. I became the firm’s first woman partner in 2015.
As a lawyer, I have had the privilege of representing Houstonians from diverse backgrounds who face difficult issues every day. They work in oilfields, hospitals, boardrooms, and small businesses. I listen to them. I solve their problems. I tell their stories. And I fight for them.
I am proud that my work as a lawyer has led to recognition as one of the Best Lawyers in America, Texas SuperLawyers, and other professional accolades. But I am most proud that my work has helped improve the lives of many people in this community.
For years, I have worked for real Houstonians, with real problems, who need common-sense solutions—not platitudes, theories, or empty promises. This is true of my clients and many others. As a co-founder of Planned Parenthood Young Leaders in the year 2000, I helped recruit a new generation of leaders for this crucial community partner. As a volunteer lawyer, I helped Texas Appleseed with critical research for dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. As a Board Member of Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Open Dance Project, I am helping young Houstonians find their voices.
Houston matters to me. My family has made this district our home for many years. My husband Scott and I, his two grown children, my parents, and my sisters and their families all call Houston home. We are committed to this city and the people who live here. I am also committed to working to ensure that this community’s core values—inclusion, innovation, and working together—result in progress, equality, and opportunity for all Americans.
I hope you will join me. Together, we can do anything.