Janiece M. Longoria is an honors graduate of the University of Texas and received her J.D. from the University Of Texas School Of Law in 1979. She has served as the Chairman of the Port of Houston Authority (Port Houston), the leading economic engine for the greater Houston region, since she was unanimously appointed by the City of Houston and Harris County in January 2013.
Ms. Longoria chairs the Port Commission’s Audit Committee and serves on the Governance Committee and Pension and Benefits Committee. She also created the Citizens Advisory Council to foster open communication between communities in and around the Port of Houston and the Port Commission. She is also a Regent for the University of Texas System that oversees the flagship University of Texas at Austin, as well as eight other academic institutions and six healthcare institutions including MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
She also serves on the board of directors of Superior Energy Services, Inc., a public company based in Houston, and is on the board of the Dallas Federal Reserve – Houston Division, the Texas Medical Center, the Greater Houston Partnership and MD Anderson Services Corporation. Ms. Longoria has received numerous honors and recognitions including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas, the President’s Citation for exemplary service from the University of Texas, the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service from the Universities of Texas School of Law and the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Board Excellence.
She was named “Maritime Person of the Year” by the Greater Houston Port Bureau in 2017. She also received the “Female Executive of the Year” Award from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2010) and has been recognized as a “breakthrough woman” and inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She is a frequent speaker on the importance of Port Houston, transportation, infrastructure and leadership.