Meet Lee "Mac" Walker

I was born in Houston, as the youngest of three boys.  My mother had her first child when she was 15.  I attended McNamara Elementary School (formerly Richmond).  My parents divorced when I was 5.  By the time I was in 6th grade at Sharpstown Middle School, my oldest brother was addicted to heroin and headed to prison. When I was 17, I lived alone for an entire year while my dad left to find work in California. Somehow, I managed to graduate as Class President from Sharpstown High School, tied for #1 in my class.

 

Through a 15-hour per week work-study program, scholarships, and financial aid, I went on to graduate from Duke University with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  Upon graduating, I went into consulting with Andersen Consulting and later with A.T. Kearney, where I gained invaluable knowledge in business process design, technology, finance and operations.  Along the way, I received my MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, where I met my wife.

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My wife and I have been married for 20 years and are settled in Houston, where we are raising our 3 children.  We have a strong commitment to our Houston community.  I run a local business focused on improving health and wellness.  For three years, I mentored at-risk high school students at Wisdom High School (Lee) as part of an organization called Mentors of Hope, where I also served on the board. I have served in leadership roles in the PTO of my children’s school in HISD, including Dad’s Club President and Treasurer, and currently serve as Director of Budget and Finance.  We are supporters of The Children’s Museum of Houston and The Houston Zoo, where my wife serves as a director.

 

So why run for HISD board now? This is a critical make-it or break-it moment for HISD.  We have a new Superintendent who has said he is prepared to take bold action.  However, without a strong board working with him, nothing will get done.  We cannot afford for our current school board to waste any more time.  HISD has 200,000 kids who depend on us to make sure they don’t.  It’s really that simple.

 

I don’t know everything and certainly don’t have all the answers, but I do know this: I am the best candidate to work with other board members and the Superintendent to put HISD on solid footing.

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Integrity   |   Leadership   |   Commitment

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Leadership & Qualifications

Why Lee "Mac" Walker for HISD?

DIVERSE EXPERIENCE : Given that HISD has passed budget deficits in each of the last 5 years, we must elect someone to the board who can manage taxpayer money. Mac has decades of experience in finance and accounting, operations, and running businesses.  There’s not another candidate on the ballot or board who has this level of experience, and it shows.  While spending controlled by HISD headquarters has gone up, teacher pay has failed to keep pace with inflation. If you believe that your tax money should be better managed, then Mac is your candidate.

 

UNWAVERING INTEGRITY:  There are 3 members on the current HISD board who made nationwide news in 2018 for violations of Texas state law.  They are still under investigation.  Integrity is a major issue in this race.  Mac has no aspirations beyond making HISD a high-performing organization that serves all children.  He has no ties to unions, no past dealings with the city or its mayor, no business conflicts of interest, and no future political aspirations.  If you want a candidate you can trust, then Mac is your candidate. 

 

FOCUS ON CHILDREN:  Mac’s three children have spent a total of 15 years in public schools and counting.  Over the last 6 years, he has served in executive positions in his school’s PTO, overseeing Finance, Budget, and Dad’s Club.  He spent three years mentoring at-risk students at Wisdom (Lee) High School.  He has been through the Texas Education Agency’s Lone Star Governance training.  And he has seen what goes on in the HISD board meetings.  All of this leads Mac to believe that the HISD board needs a stable and rational voice for children. If you agree, then Mac is your candidate.

 

COMMITMENT TO CHANGE:  Mac is a huge proponent of reform.  The current board, driven by the unions or other interests, has avoided or blocked numerous changes that could improve student outcomes.  HISD is failing a large portion of its 200,000 students.  We cannot afford incremental change over several years.  If you believe we need smart, bold changes, then Mac is your candidate.

 

NOW IS THE TIME:  With new Superintendent Millard House in place, now is the time to elect trustees who will work with him for meaningful change.  If we do not change our attitudes on this point now, the situation in HISD will only get worse.  Superintendent House deserves a board who can back his vision.  If you believe we cannot afford to wait, then Mac is your candidate.