Creating, Improving, Protecting, and Advocating through Sustainable Private/Public Partnerships

Includes a Live Event on 09/25/2019 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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This session presents Houston as a case study in large-scale, collaborative public-private planning, funding and execution focused on parks and green spaces. The presenters—top executives of the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the nonprofit Houston Parks Board (HPB) — will show how these collaborative efforts are achieving scaled impacts, improving public green spaces, ensuring they are equitably distributed and accessible, and helping define their important role in community resilience. 

We work in close partnership to build a strong, resilient, and vibrant region by investing in long-term solutions to some of the most persistent challenges facing our communities. Initiatives like Bayou Greenways 2020, the HPB planning framework Beyond the Bayous, and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Complete Communities improvement initiative are substantial down payments on elevating the quality of life for people in our region.


Session Length: 1.25 Hours

Credit: 0.1 CEU



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Beth White

President and CEO, Houston Parks Board

In 2012, President Obama appointed Beth White to the National Capital Planning Commission. She has served as director, Chicago region, for The Trust for Public Land and has led several successful projects involving public-private partnerships, planning, fundraising and the opening of new parks. She has a Master’s degree from Loyola University and Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Steve Wright

Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Steve Wright was appointed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and approved by Houston City Council on July 5, 2017. Prior to joining the City, he served as the Vice President of Business Development and Healthy Living for 31 branches of the YMCA in the Greater Houston area. Mr. Wright has worked in both the private and public sector of the health and fitness field for over 30 years.

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