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Joanna Lohman & Annise Parker

Joanna Lohman

Soccer | USA


Joanna (Jo) Lohman is an elite Soccer athlete who competed in the US National Women’s Soccer League. She was a professional athlete for 14 years and most recently played as a midfielder for the Washington Spirit, located in Washington, DC. As a professional athlete, Jo has leveraged her platform to impact people around the world including time as a Sports Envoy on behalf of the US Department of State. Jo is also a passionate human rights advocate, traveling often to Global South countries to run programs promoting gender equality and peace and conflict resolution, impacting cross-cultural relations and local economic development. Jo helps individuals and groups “find their cool” by living an unabashedly authentic life based around a deep-rooted sense of acceptance and discovering a comfort in their own skin.

Annise Parker

President & CEO | Victory Institute and Victory Fund.


Annise Parker is the President & CEO of the Victory Fund and Victory Institute. Previously, Annise was the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major American city, elected mayor of Houston for six years. She also served six years as a Houston City Council member and six years as City Controller. She is one of only two women to have been elected mayor and is the only person in Houston history to have held the offices of council member, controller and mayor. Annise currently serves on numerous public and philanthropic boards. Prior to joining Victory Fund and Victory Institute, she was Senior Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer of BakerRipley, a community development non-profit. She was also a Fellow at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders and Professor in the Practice at Rice University. In 2010 Time magazine named Annise one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She was named top US mayor and seventh-ranked world mayor in 2014 by City Mayors Foundation. She has received numerous awards during her career, including Scenic Houston’s “Scenic Visionary Award”, “Guardian of the Human Spirit Award“ from Holocaust Museum Houston, “Guardian of the Bay Award“ from Galveston Bay Foundation, Rice University “Distinguished Alumna“ for 2011, and “Local Arts Leadership Honoree“ by Americans For the Arts. In addition to her duties as mayor, Annise was a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, chaired the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee, was a steering committee member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and served on the boards of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and Houston Galveston Area Council. She is a past Fellow of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Annise was a community liaison to the Houston Police department for many years, and created and taught an LGBTQ human relations module to cadets. Annise graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In the private sector, she spent 20 years working in the oil and gas industry, including 18 years with Mosbacher Energy Company. She also co-owned Inklings, a lesbian/feminist bookstore for 10 years. Annise and her wife Kathy Hubbard have been together for more than 28 years and are advocates for adoption, with three daughters, a son and a grandson.

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Joanna Lohman & Annise Parker
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