When Sue Deigaard received her two degrees from Rice University, she was the first in her family to graduate from college, and understands firsthand the importance of a quality public education.
She is a 30 year resident of HISD District V and has two children in HISD schools, one is an 8th grader at Pin Oak Middle School and the other is a junior at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Prior to that they attended Mark Twain Elementary School.
Her unwavering belief that education is a cornerstone of our society, economy and democracy has fueled her passion to be an advocate for public education for many years.
She has been an active and informed voice at the state and local levels advocating for effective policies and funding for HISD students, including authoring op-eds for the Houston Chronicle. Sue serves as a Houston City Council appointee to the Houston Center for Literacy Board, is a parent representative on the HISD District Advisory Committee, and chairs the Communications Committee for Arts Access Initiative.
Additionally, Sue is a Fellow with the American Leadership Forum Class XLIII on Community Education and was a 2015 New Leaders Council Fellow. She has also served on the board of the New Leaders Council – Houston, served as President of the Woodside Civic Club Board, was a founding board member of the Braeswood Super Neighborhood Council, and has been a guest speaker, panelist and moderator for education forums hosted by University of Houston, Rice University, United Way, and Children at Risk.