May Civic Club Speakers: City Council Members Amanda Edwards and David Robinson
Amanda K. Edwards is one of Houston City Council’s newest members, serving At-Large Position 4. She is also an attorney and native Houstonian with a passion for building communities through public service.
Currently, Amanda serves as Vice Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee and serves on the Economic Development, and Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committees. She strives to innovatively address the city’s fiscal challenges and its urban core needs in order to move all of Houston forward so that it can be the place where the Gulf Coast and the world’s future meet.
Amanda attended Eisenhower High School (Aldine ISD) and Emory University in Atlanta, where she earned a degree in political science, served as student body president for the college and was inducted to the Emory University Hall of Fame.
While in Atlanta, Amanda gained valuable community building and public policy experience working in community development corporations as a Community Building and Social Change Fellow and in the Georgia State Legislature.
Amanda’s experiences broadened her perspective about how to effect change through urban policy and collaboration. Amanda also worked for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in Washington D.C. before earning her degree from Harvard Law School.
While at Harvard, Amanda served as a Criminal Justice Institute student attorney, chaired the Harvard Black Law Students Association Spring Conference and was awarded the Elaine Osborne Jacobson Award for her commitment to serving underserved populations in the healthcare law arena.
Compelled by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Amanda relocated to New Orleans. While there, Amanda served as a judicial law clerk for Federal District Court Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle and founded Project NOW: The New Orleans Writing Project, which inspired New Orleans youth to empower themselves and their community through the power of writing.
Currently, Amanda practices law as a municipal finance lawyer, where she solves complex issues relating to tax-exempt bond financings, public-private partnerships, community development projects, and non-profit organizations.
She has served as President of the Board of Directors for Project Row Houses in the Historical Third Ward community and on numerous other civic boards and committees, including Texas Lyceum, Crisis Intervention of Houston, Texas One Voice: A Health and Human Services
Collaborative and the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals. Amanda is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
David W. Robinson
In his second term as Houston City Council Member, At-Large Position 2, David W. Robinson was recently appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner to represent Houston on the regional
Transportation Policy Council. Early in his architectural career, David assisted with the new U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and then contributed to the development and production of the master planning document for the campus of the Texas Children’s Hospital. In 1999, he started his own architecture firm as a sole practitioner with a broad, diverse portfolio ranging from health care to housing. He teaches a graduate-level course for Texas Tech University in the
Houston program on planning and development called “Infrastructure in the Urban Environment.”
Along with his architectural practice, David has long been actively involved with neighborhood issues, serving eight years as an officer of the Neartown (Montrose) Association, including terms as vice president and president. With the nomination of civic club representatives from across Houston, he was elected to serve as chairman and president of the citywide Super Neighborhood
Alliance to a maximum two-year term that concluded in January 2013. While serving on the board of directors of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, David was appointed to the City of Houston Planning Commission by Mayor Bill White in 2007 and re-
appointed by Mayor Annise Parker in 2009 – becoming the first licensed architect to serve the city as a commissioner since the 1970’s.
David Robinson received a BA in Architecture from Yale College in 1988 and earned a Master of Architecture from Rice University in 1993. He is the proud father of 16-year-old Elissa and an active member of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church.
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