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Mayor names executive committee for transition team, you'll never guess who's on board

Mayor names executive committee for transition team, changes ahead

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Houston City Hall where Mayor Sylvester Turner is working with his transition team. Photo by Jim Parsons

While there have been a number of behind the scenes advisors working with newly-minted Mayor Sylvester Turner since his inauguration, the mayor announced on Friday the official nine-member executive committee of his transition team. And former mayor candidate Stephen Costello is among them.

The notice from the mayor's office names David Mincberg, Turner's campaign treasurer and CEO of Flagship Capital Partners, as committee chair.

"There are challenges ahead for Houston, particularly in the area of finances,” Turner said in the release.  “These Houstonians are graciously volunteering their time, effort and expertise to develop the blueprint that will help guide my administration on this subject and many more.  Their advice and counsel will be invaluable . . ."

Rounding out the committee that includes Costello are Debra Tsuchiyama Baker, attorney with Baker, Wotring; Bill Baldwin, owner of Boulevard Realty; Maya Ford principal with FordMomentum; Ginny Goldman, executive director of Texas Organizing Project;

Paul Puente, executive secretary of Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council; Bobby Singh, director of Isani Group; State Rep. Armando Walle; and Gerald Womack, owner of Womack Development and Investment Realtors.

The mayor has named 13 transition committees including Comprehensive Financial Reform, chair Neil Thomas, co-chair Katy Caldwell; Public Works, chair Wayne Klotz, co-chair Tony Council; Quality of Life, co-chairs Nancy Kinder and Bill Baldwin; and TIRZ, chair Denis Braham, co-chair Marvalette Hunter.