We had the good fortune of connecting with Vashaundra Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vashaundra, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is remaining true to myself and leading with integrity,As an elected official, it’s easy to forget the tenants used to win a campaign when you have so much power at your fingertips. It’s essential for me to be a leader and provide representation to all residents of Missouri City. I’m a native Missouri City resident and I have a true passion for helping Missouri City move forward. During my leadership, I’ve experienced several occasions where I had to lead with integrity, while my colleagues chose another path. It’s instances like those that make me the successful and respected leader I am today.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Vashaundra Edwards is a proud native of the City of Missouri City, whose deep roots in the community are connected through her service on City Council, her education in local schools, her family’s restaurant on Texas Parkway, her volunteerism in the park/commercial corridor cleanups, her coordination of youth initiatives and her partnerships with area educators, leaders, and businesses.
As the At-Large Position #1 Councilmember, Ms. Edwards shares her passion for serving the people of the “Show Me City” through honest and transparent leadership/communication on city programs and services and by championing education and giving back to her alma maters: Edgar Glover Elementary School, Lake Olympia Middle School, and Thurgood Marshall High School.
Councilmember Edwards’ servant leadership has resulted in multiple successes including numerous beautification efforts in Buffalo Run, Community, Sta-Mo, Hunters Glen and American Legion Parks, the inaugural Food Truck Festival, the inaugural Black History Month Poetry Slam focused on economic development and Texas Parkway, and an inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. community cleanup event that focused on debris removal along Texas Parkway, Lexington Boulevard, Grand Parkway, Thomas Taylor Parkway and around the City Hall Complex.
Councilmember Edwards attended the University of Houston-Downtown where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Minor in Political Science.
She is an elected official who is an experienced problem solver with an understanding of the importance of implementing strategies to create the best solutions for citizens, municipal public servants, businesses, and stakeholders.
The voters elected Councilmember Edwards as the At-Large Position #1 representative on November 6, 2018, and she was sworn into her second term in office on November 19, 2018. Her ultimate goal is to provide equal representation to all areas of Missouri City and to unify the entire community.
Current City Council Committee Memberships
Livable Community Committee
Planning, Development, and Infrastructure Committee
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Turkey Leg Hut Discovery Green
The Greatest BBQ
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out to the “I Just Want to Grow Up” Foundation. They are such a supportive group and have supported me throughout my career.