Anne Sung, Assistant Secretary, DISTRICT VII

Sung Anne Sung was elected to the Board of Education in 2016. She is committed to pursuing equitable policies and programs that build strong schools in every neighborhood. She intends to focus more attention on fiscal responsibility to ensure that district dollars are managed to the greatest benefit for students’ academic success.

Sung is a product of HISD, having attended Askew Elementary School, TH Rogers Middle School, and Bellaire High School. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics. She also earned master’s degrees in physics and public policy, also from Harvard.

While a physics undergraduate at Harvard, Sung co-founded the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament, now one of the most prestigious high school math contests in the country. She fell in love with education as a young Teach for America corps member in the Rio Grande Valley. As a Physics Teacher Resource Agent with the American Association of Physics Teachers, she provided professional development to physics teachers in south and central Texas. Returning to her hometown of Houston, Sung then taught at Lee (now Wisdom) High School, where she taught physics and chaired the science department, and was named 2011 Teacher of the Year.

Sung co-founded the group Community Voices for Public Education to give Houston students, parents, educators, and community members greater voice in strengthening public education. Her many other active community roles include serving as founding convener of the Capital One Northside Education Coalition; board member of the Organization of Chinese Americans; and coach of the Texas American Regions Math League team.

Sung was previously Director of Strategic Planning and Public Policy at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. She currently serves as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Project GRAD Houston, which helps students in low-income neighborhoods develop and achieve their educational aspirations for college and career. She and her husband have one daughter.

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