April 2024

METRO Welcomes New Board Members

Photos of METRO's Newest Board members


As the governing body of the largest transit provider in the state, Houston METRO's Board of Directors plays a crucial role in ensuring the public transportation system remains a safe, clean, reliable, and accessible mode of travel throughout the region.

METRO’s Board consists of nine members, five of whom are nominated by the city of Houston mayor and approved by Houston City Council. Harris County Commissioner’s Court appoints two members, and the 14 multi-cities in the METRO Service area have two positions on the board. Members’ terms are two years and the maximum they can serve is eight years.

In February, Elizabeth Gonzalez Brock was appointed by Houston Mayor John Whitmire and named Board Chair. She is the first Hispanic woman to lead the agency.

Photo of METRO Chair Elizabeth Gonzalez Brock

Elizabeth Gonzalez Brock


Other city of Houston appointees:

  • Judge Kathy Khanh Han has served as Presiding Judge for Municipal Court 14 for 23 years. She made history in 1998 as the first Vietnamese American female attorney appointed to a full-time judgeship in Houston and is the first Asian woman to serve on METRO's Board of Directors.
  • Reverend T. Leon Preston II is senior pastor at Yale Street Baptist Church located in Independence Heights. In addition to his role as a spiritual leader, he is also a chaplain for the Harris County Precinct One Constable's Office, where he provides spiritual support and comfort to the officers and members of the community in times of crisis.
  • Christopher C. "Chad" McMillan has over 35 years of experience advocating for people living with disabilities. McMillan says he devoted himself to this after his spine was shattered in a car accident at age 18.

Appointed by Harris County Commissioner’s Court

  • Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca is a former bilingual early childhood teacher and was an HISD trustee for five years. She also has a background in infrastructure and strategic planning.

Appointed by the 14 multi-cities in METRO’s service area

  • Alexandra (Alex) del Moral Mealer is a combat veteran, wife, and mother of two. She is also a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School before pursuing a career in energy finance in Houston.

Continuing their terms on the Board of Directors is Roberto Trevino – appointed by Harris County Commissioners Court and Terry Morales – appointed by the city of Houston.

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