District H

About Karla Cisneros

Council Member Karla CisnerosA Houston resident since 1980, Karla Cisneros has dedicated her adult life to improving educational opportunities for young people. Karla graduated from the University of Virginia and then later earned a Master’s Degree from Rice University. She served for six years on the HISD Board of Education before returning to school to become a certified elementary school teacher through the University of Houston-Downtown.

As a classroom teacher at Northline and Harvard Elementary schools, Karla taught and helped usher children through their lives. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she has worked as a science teacher and as a reading interventionist, and came to understand that the development, health, and success of children is profoundly affected by the quality of life in their neighborhood. The chance to influence and correct the disparity present in many District H neighborhoods is why Karla Cisneros sought a position on City Council. She was elected to Houston City Council in 2015 to represent and serve the people of District H.

As a school activist in the Woodland Heights, she organized numerous community efforts to make improvements at Travis Elementary School. She has been active in the PTA, the Friends of Travis, the Woodland Heights Civic Association, Parents for Public Schools, the Greater Heights Education Project, the SPARK Board, and the board of Multi-Cultural Education through Counseling in the Arts – MECA.

While serving as Assistant Director of the city’s SPARK School Park Program, Karla worked with parents and community members to develop over 20 school parks throughout the city.

Karla and her husband, Tim, have three children, all of whom attended HISD schools.