Beth White, one of the nation’s leading urban park planners. In June 2016, Ms. White joined the Houston Parks Board as president and CEO to lead the organization in implementing and maintaining the $220 million Bayou Greenways 2020 project, the ambitious, public-private effort creating a 150-mile network of parks and trails along Houston’s major waterways. Before moving to Houston, Ms. White, director of the Chicago region Trust for Public Land, oversaw the development of Chicago’s innovative park and elevated trail system, the 606. She was also instrumental in the designation of Hackmatack, the only U.S. National Wildlife Refuge within 150 miles of Chicago and Milwaukee. She holds a M.A. in urban studies from Loyola University and a B.A.from Northwestern University.