Karla Cisneros is a competent and compassionate public servant with a record of using smart development to help neighborhoods. She was elected to City Council in 2015. Her focus has been on the City’s role in providing opportunities for children, and on improving the infrastructure and quality of life in the under-resourced neighborhoods in which many of them live. She previously served on the HISD Board of Education from 2000 to 2006.
As a mom, neighborhood activist, school board member and elementary school teacher, Karla Cisneros has organized and led numerous grassroots efforts to improve educational opportunities for children and provide transformational support for neighborhoods. She led a grassroots effort in the Woodland Heights to improve her neighborhood school and helped make it into the heart of the neighborhood. While serving as Assistant Director of the city’s SPARK School Park Program, Karla worked with parents and community members to develop over 20 school parks throughout the city. In her work as an an HISD Parent Involvement Specialist, she nurtured parental and community involvement in 25 schools. As HISD Board President, Karla led the search effort that resulted in the selection of HISD’s first Latino school superintendent. As a classroom teacher, she inspired and prepared her students, and strengthened family and community connections to her schools.
Karla has been a resident of Houston since 1980, and she and her husband Tim have three children, all of whom attended HISD schools.