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Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker Named Harvard IOP Fellow

The resident fellows will “interact with students, develop and lead weekly study groups and participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community over the course of an academic semester,” according to the organizers.

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker presides over her final city council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker has been selected for the 2016 Harvard Institute of Politics Spring Resident and Visiting Fellows class, the institute announced Wednesday. 

“We welcome the Spring 2016 IOP Fellows class — a dynamic group of leaders reflecting the powerful impact political engagement can have both inside and outside government,” Harvard Institute of Politics Director Maggie Williams said via an emailed statement.  “I know our students and the entire Harvard community will be inspired and energized by their presence.”

The resident fellows will “interact with students, develop and lead weekly study groups and participate in the intellectual life of the Harvard community over the course of an academic semester,” according to the organizers. 

Parker served as Houston’s mayor from 2010 to 2015. She previously served as city controller from 2004 to 2009 and was a city council member from 1998 to 2003.

The term-limited Parker led her final city council meeting in December, ending 18 years of public service to the city of Houston.  

“I suspect that even though I look forward to be able to continue to serve the public in some way that this will be the best job I will have had,” Parker said at the time. “And that is wonderful, but it makes me a little melancholy as well.”

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