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Roksan Okan-Vick named Houston First executive

Houston • Feb. 11, 2016

Houston First has named Roksan Okan-Vick to a new position that will provide the local-government corporation a greater leadership role in region-wide projects that will make Houston a more attractive city for both visitors and residents.

As senior vice president, Okan-Vick will provide strategies and other means for facilitating and implementing projects of mutual interest to collaborating jurisdictions.

"Roksan will serve Houston First well as we move forward to identify new attractions, better freeway corridors and fresh green spaces," said Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO of Houston First. "She will also work with our partners to enhance connectivity to those attractions and green spaces. We need to make it easy for locals and visitors to discover these new initiatives.

"There are many great ventures out there. But we can’t do everything and what we do choose to do must be impactful. Roksan has the skill set to help us achieve that."


Okan-Vick comes to Houston First after 11 years as director of Houston Parks Board. Previously, she was director of the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department for two years and executive director of the Hermann Park Conservancy for six years.

A native of Turkey, she owns a master’s degree in architecture from Rice University and a bachelor’s in architecture and urban planning from Istanbul Technical University. She is also a member of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.