Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Lesley Briones is Advancing Opportunity & Justice

08 Feb, 24

In addition to delivering critical county services, Commissioner Briones is focused on building a diverse coalition of leadership in Harris County. This means working toward an equitable distribution of resources and empowering communities to have a seat at the table.  
From trailblazing board and commission appointments, to increasing language access, to championing minority-and women-owned businesses, Commissioner Briones continuously strives to advance opportunity and justice for all residents. 
“Our mission is to provide services to and advocate for all people in Harris County, and to deliver good government in the way our constituents deserve,” Commissioner Briones said. 
“We will keep building on our progress – with community engagement and equity at the forefront.” 
Commissioner Briones Leads Creation of the LGBTQIA+ Commission 
Commissioner Briones spearheaded the creation of the first-ever Harris County LGBTQIA+ Commission, which will advise the Court on economic, social, health, and safety issues affecting LGBTQIA+ residents. 
Commissioner Briones Appoints Trailblazer to Harris Health Board 
Receiving unanimous approval as Commissioner Briones' appointee, Dr. Cody Pyke became the first openly transgender and nonbinary individual to serve on the nine-member Harris Health board, which oversees a $2.3 billion, fully integrated healthcare system that includes community health centers, same-day clinics, multi-specialty clinic locations, a dental center and dialysis center, mobile health units and two full-service hospitals in Harris County. 

Afsheen Davis Joins Harris Health Board 

Commissioner Briones proudly appointed Afsheen Davis to the Harris Health Board. Davis currently serves as the Vice President and General Counsel at Texas Children’s Hospital and brings extensive healthcare knowledge of the healthcare field to this critical role. Together with Sima Ladjevardian, they will be the first Asian American trustees ever to serve on the board. 
Commissioner Briones Appointee to Guide Sports in Houston 
Commissioner Briones appointed Linda Morales to the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority Board ahead of the 2026 World Cup. Morales brings a lifelong passion for sports and an extensive background in advocacy for healthcare and labor, as well as Latino and LGBTQ+ rights, to the 13-member board, which oversees professional sports venues and promotes major events for the region.   
Flood mitigation expert to advise community needs 
Commissioner Briones appointed Dr. Andrew Juan to the Harris County Community Flood Resilience Task Force. As an associate research scientist at the Institute for Disaster Resilient Texas with nearly 15 years of academic and practical experience in flood mitigation, Dr. Juan will advise the County on equitable flood resilience planning that centers the needs and priorities of communities.