Term: 2013 — 2016
Ms. Lents retired in 2008 as President & CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future, a not-for-profit policy planning organization. She continues to work as a volunteer in the policy arena as Co-Chair of the Quality of Life Coalition and serves additionally on the boards of Houston Wilderness, Texas Children’s Hospital, the Houston Parks Board, and the State Parks Advisory Committee. She is a founder of the Center for Women in Law.
Ms. Lents received a B.A. with honors from Wellesley College in 1971 and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1974. She served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Texas Law Review and was named a Chancellor and member of Order of the Coif. Ms. Lents practiced law with Vinson & Elkins from 1974 to 1990, where she was a partner focusing principally on commercial litigation.
She and her husband David, also a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, have two children, David Lents Heaney and Mary Elizabeth Heaney.