Assistant City Manager, Lori Houston

Lori Houston


Lori Houston was appointed Assistant City Manager in July of 2015. In her role, she oversees the following:

  • Center City Development and Operations Department
  • Department of Arts and Culture
  • Office of Historic Preservation
  • Department of Human Services
  • Neighborhood & Housing Services Department
  • World Heritage Office
  • Alamo Redevelopment Plan

These 6 departments have 650 employees and a combined $250M operating budget and a $500M capital budget.

Ms. Houston started her career in municipal government with the City of San Antonio in 2002. Prior to her appointment as Assistant City Manager, she served five years as the Director and Assistant Director of the Center City Development Operations Department.  She also served 9 years in various capacities within the City’s Public Works Department and City Manager’s Office providing administrative support and managing numerous economic development projects.

During Lori’s tenure with the City, she led the development of major economic development projects such as the San Antonio River Improvements Project, numerous multifamily housing projects that will yield over 12,000 multi-family affordable housing units, the expansion of the University of Texas San Antonio’s downtown campus, and the Alamo restoration and development.  She also led the creation and development of the Emergency Housing Assistance Program that provided rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to over 200,000 individuals impacted by the COVID pandemic and the establishment of the City’s Homeless Response System that addresses homelessness through a collaboration among multiple agencies and partners.  


  • The University of Texas at San Antonio, Master of Public Administration
  • New Mexico State University, Bachelor of Business Administration, Major: Marketing

Civic Engagement

  • San Antonio Sports Foundation, Board Member
  • Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation, Executive Board Member
  • Alameda Theater Conservancy, Board Member
  • Haven for Hope, Board Member
  • Alpha Home, Board Member
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Board Member


Lori is the proud mother to her daughter Millie.