Andy Icken currently serves as Mayor Annise Parker's Chief Development
Officer for the City of Houston. In
addition, he has oversight of the Houston Airport System, the Convention &
Entertainment Facilities, the Planning
Department, the Housing & Community Development Department, the Department of Neighborhoods, Office of
Business Opportunities, Mayor's Office of Special Events, Economic Development,
International Trade and Development, Office of Sustainability, Convention &
Visitors Bureau, Cultural Affairs, Volunteer Initiatives, Veterans' and
Homeless Affairs and Office for People with Disabilities..
Prior to his appointment by Mayor Parker, he served as Deputy Director of
Public Works & Engineering for the City of Houston - Planning &
Development Services Division. This Division facilitates responsible development for the
City of Houston. The development processes the Division manages include the
analysis of the availability and adequacy of the public utilities to serve
proposed development, the issuance of building permits and inspection of
construction, the proposed acquisition and abandonment of public easements
and/or rights of way, the construction of new water, wastewater, and storm
drainage, and the securing of Life Safety/Occupancy Certificates for new and
existing commercial buildings. The
Division also oversees and enforces stormwater drainage and stormwater quality
Prior to joining the City of Houston, Mr. Icken
served for 6 years as Executive Vice President of the Texas Medical
Center. His responsibilities for Texas
Medical Center included business enterprises, support services, government
affairs and public affairs.
Preceding his employment with Texas Medical
Center, Mr. Icken had an extensive career of over 30 years with
ExxonMobil. From 1990 to 2000 he was
Executive-in-Charge of Exxon's (ExxonMobil) Materials and Service
Department. This department provided
shared business services to Exxon's domestic and international affiliates -
services which included corporate procurement, real estate and facilities
operations and management and other shared business services. Mr. Icken's career with Exxon included other
executive positions in business line management in both the Untied States and
foreign Exxon affiliates.
Mr. Icken is past president of the Houston Minority Business Council and
continues to serve on their Board of Directors.
He is past Chairman and continues to serve on the Board of the Santa
Maria Hostel - a United Way agency with a mission to provide residential drug
and alcohol treatment to women and their dependent children. He is past Chairman of the South Main Center
Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Main Street Coalition;
he also served on the Board of Directors for the Business Consortium Fund.
Mr. Icken holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from
Carnegie Mellon University and a Master's of Science in Industrial
Administration also from Carnegie Mellon.
Mr. Icken and his wife, Maylynn, have been married for over 40 years and
reside in Kingwood. They have two
daughters and 6 grandchildren.