Meet the League of Women Voters

A community-driven organization since 1920.


100 Years of History

The League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters of Houston were both established in 1920, the year that the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States gave women the right to vote. Learn more about our Centennial Celebration here!

We are proud to be an unbiased, nonpartisan organization that works on issues that matter deeply to our members and to the public. Your membership in the League of Women Voters of Houston includes membership in our state League (LWV-TX) and in the national League (LWV-US).

Our Vision

We believe in the power of every person to create a more perfect democracy and support the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence for all to participate.

Our Mission

The League of Women Voters of Houston fosters a thriving democracy by engaging all people in the political process through nonpartisan information sharing, passionate civic engagement and by providing opportunities to participate in the democratic process.

Our Values

  1. Engaged—We are an organization of action. Our people-centric mission enables us to empower our community to be the educated change agents our world needs.
  2. Inclusive—We seek, in all levels of our organization, to support, engage with and empower ALL members of our community regardless of gender, race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religion or creed.
  3. Transparent—We actively demonstrate our integrity by openly sharing the work that we do and the results we achieve together to inform our community and encourage other communities to follow suit.
  4. Trustworthy—We consider our organizational and individual integrity to be of the highest priority in all that we do.
  5. Aware—We listen, evaluate and connect the dots in our community and current political landscape to ensure every action and charge that we lead is reflective of the world we want to see tomorrow.
  6. Forward-thinking—We take action today for our collective tomorrow by leveraging the ideas, technology and community-driven initiatives that enable us to achieve our Vision.

Our Board of Trustees

Annie Benifield, President

Graci Garces, Secretary

Katie Campbell Shumway, Treasurer

Nancy Kral, Vice President for Voter Services

Zak Miller, Vice President for Study and Advocacy

Roxanne Werner, Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Mika Rao, Vice President for Membership

Carol Shattuck, Vice President for Development 

Claudia Ortega Hogue, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships 

MaryJane Mudd, President Emeritus

Amber Burton Alfred, Trustee At Large

Alan Bernstein, Trustee At Large

Archna Bhasin, Trustee At Large

Renee Cross, Trustee At Large

Michelle Levi McDaniel, Trustee At Large

Gene Preuss, Trustee At Large

Jeff Reichman, Trustee At Large

Tiko Reynolds-Hausman, Trustee At Large

Phillip Yates, Trustee At Large

Lou Weaver,  Trustee At Large


Watch President Annie Benifield discuss our work:


The League of Women Voters of Houston is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charitable trust dedicated to serving the Houston community by offering voter outreach initiatives and trusted, impartial information about elections and major public policy issues. Donations, including membership dues, are tax-deductible as allowed by law. LWV-Houston is governed by a Board of Trustees elected by our membership.

Our Bylaws, adopted June 28, 2021.