Faces of Austin #14: The Change Maker, Ora Houston

As Austinites, we’re blessed to live in a city that is progressive, experiential, experimental, game-changing, conscious and, lets face it, awesomely cool. In such a city, you’d expect the population to match, and in the ATX, we don’t disappoint. This Capital City is chock-full of amazing citizens who strive to better the city on a daily basis. From writers to activists, entrepreneurs to artists, we’ve rounded up a diverse group of Austinites that help make this city great.


Ora Houston is an Austinite through and through. Having called Austin her home for more than 60 years, she now sees it as her job to “work with others to protect and preserve the spirit and soul of the historic community,” she says. As a new City Council Member for District 1, a position for which she felt called to, Houston hopes to make some major changes. Her top priority is to encourage the people of her district and throughout the city to get involved and stay engaged. She says, “Before meaningful changes can be made in the structures of the city, the voices of our unheard communities must be included in the discussion.” And as Austin grows, which it does daily, Houston hopes to see a different type of growth as well—respect for diversity and cultural sensitivity. “It is our obligation, as a community, to become culturally proficient in the city we call home.”


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