Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities,
City of Houston
Working in several high profile political and public service positions for over a decade, Maria Town has demonstrated the power of youth, wisdom, experience, knowledge, and passion. Through her work with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Office of Public Liaison at the White House, and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities in Houston, she has set in motion policies and programs that facilitate independent living and self-determination for people with all types of disabilities.
In her role at the Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Maria has newly engaged a broad range of stakeholders across the disability community, including racial, ethnic and other diverse groups. A role model for other young women with disabilities striving for leadership positions, her recent achievements include securing members of the Houston Commission on Disabilities from ethnically and racially diverse communities; working actively to ensure services of the office she directs are fully available to members of under-served communities; and leading Houston’s Hurricane Harvey disaster response for people with disabilities by proactively gathering community leaders and service organizations for daily solution sessions.