Kathleen Hicks, City of Fort Worth – Councilmember District 8
In May 2005, Kathleen Hicks secured more than 90 percent of the votes against two
opponents in District 8 to become the youngest woman ever elected to the Fort Worth
City Council. In May 2006 just short of a year on the Council Hicks was unanimously
elected by her council colleagues as Mayor Pro Tem. In 2007, she ran unopposed for
re-election to the Council. Prior to her election, Hicks served as District 8 council aide.
She holds a master’s degree in International Relations from Nottingham University in
Nottingham, England. She’s also studied at Oxford University in England. She has a
bachelor’s in politics and honors in history from Mount Holyoke College.
During her time serving the residents of Fort Worth Hicks has made positive economic
development a priority. She chairs the East Berry Renaissance Tax Increment District, a
first for Southeast Fort Worth, which is projected to bring more than $20 million worth of
improvements to the area. She also chairs the Housing Finance Corporation. Hicks
successfully led efforts to create the Morningside Historic District, again a first for
southeast Fort Worth and most recently, the Near Southeast Historic District. She
serves on the National League of Cities Community, Economic Development Steering
Committee and on the Board of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.
She serves on the Regional Transportation Council’s Transportation and Air Quality
Subcommittee and Transit Authority Partnership Subcommittee.
In January 2008, Hicks was honored by Fort Worth South, Inc. with their highest award
for her work to revitalize her district. In May 2004, The Fort Worth Business Press
honored her with its 40 Leaders Under 40 Award. She was also honored as a young
leader in 2002 by the Minority Leaders and Citizens Council. In 1997, she was one of
eight participants to participate in the United Nations Youth Awareness Program at the
Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kakuma, Kenya. She served as an executive committee
member of the board of Fort Worth Sister Cities and, along with her mother, co-chaired
the search for a new sister city in Africa.
Hicks is a member of Leadership Fort Worth and has served on the boards of Junior
League of Fort Worth, Girl Scouts, Women’s Haven and chaired the Fort Worth
Commission for Women. She currently serves on the board of the AIDS Outreach
Center, Fort Worth-Dallas Birthing Project, All Church Home for Children, Presbyterian
Night Shelter, Red Cross – Chisholm Trail Chapter, Fort Worth Convention and Visitors
Bureau, Fort Worth Symphony, American Diabetes Association, Huguley Memorial
Medical Center of Directors and on the Texas Wesleyan University Board of Trustees.
Hicks is a proud life member of the NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She
also serves on the Mount Holyoke College Recruitment Committee in North Texas.
Kathleen Hicks comes from a family of dedicated grass-roots community trustees and is
committed to a lifetime of community service. She serves as Executive Director of the
Tarrant County Sickle Cell Disease Association.