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Vonn Tran to lead Houston planning and development

Vonn Tran to lead Houston planning and development

Vonn Tran to lead Houston planning and development

Mayor John Whitmire has hired Vonn Tran to lead Houston’s Planning and Development Department.

Tran previously served on the board of directors of the Downtown East Redevelopment Authority and Memorial City Waste Exchange Zones (TIRZ), as well as the Harris County Memorial City Management District. She currently serves as vice president of Edge Realty Partners.

“She has extensive experience in commercial real estate and knows how to bring parties together to solve problems,” Whitmire wrote in a memo announcing Tran’s hiring Wednesday afternoon.

In a statement Friday, Whitmire wrote: “It is refreshing to find someone like Vonn Tran who wants to contribute to Houston through public service after having a successful career in the private sector. She will bring a fresh perspective on what it means to be customer-centric because of her experience in commercial real estate.”

Tran will replace interim director Jennifer Ostlind, who is retiring July 26, said Mary Benton, a spokeswoman for Whitmire.

“I am grateful for the trust Mayor Whitmire has placed in me to lead the Planning Department,” Tran said in a statement Friday. “I look forward to working collaboratively for the good of Houston.”

The Houston City Council will vote to confirm Tran’s appointment on July 17.