Director at City of Houston, Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs
Necole Irvin joined the City of Houston six years ago as MOCA's first Cultural Tourism Officer. She is a philanthropic professional with legal, public health, cultural, policy, and international experience. She has worked to improve the quality of communities and for long-term sustainable change. A former Peace Corps volunteer from Louisiana, Necole received her bachelor's degree from Emory University and a Juris Doctorate and Master's of Public Health from Tulane University. Before joining the City of Houston, Necole served as a program officer with the Houston Endowment. Irvin has stewarded the transformation of the city’s grants system and led MOCA's new work in the music space. She is the chief cultural policy advisor to the mayor and responsible for implementing the City's Arts and Cultural Plan and advocating for the creative community and its integral role in Houston's identity.