The Texas Familias Council is an independent, professional community organization developed from the Texas Latino Leadership Roundtable in 2010 by local Latino leaders in response to the unprecendented growth of the Latino community in Montgomery County.
We believe that strong communities need thoughtful, focused, and local support for great success. We also hope to inspire our communities by reflecting diverse roots found within.
We will research issues needed to support our community values of education, family life, career advancement, and community engagement.
We are diverse professionals contributing our talents and abilities to help develop our valuable ethnic communities.
Our Advisory Council members represent the academic field, healthcare field, business sector, legal field, social work field, creative arts, the resource community, and leadership arenas.
We are from our community and for our community!
Maria Baños Jordan
is President/Founder of the Texas Familias Council- The first professional Latino development organization in Montgomery County, TX. She is a native Houstonian, and earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Houston. She has focused her efforts of 20 years on Latino family support, with extensive experience in community development, prevention and intervention programs, and outreach efforts in urban, rural, and transitional communities.
Maria has launched several successful development partnership efforts in Montgomery County since 2008, including the first Montgomery County Leadership Symposium on Latino development, the Montgomery County Latina Women’s Initiative, creator of the Hispanic Outreach Professional Enrichment (HOPE for United Way) program in 2008, and the Conroe Historias Project and Biography Compilation archived in all Montgomery County Libraries.
Maria was appointed to the Montgomery County Historical Commission in 2013, she is a member of the Lone Star Family Health Center Board of Directors, Pan American Roundtable of Conroe, Advisor for the Montgomery County Crisis Assistance Center Board of Directors, the Deerwood Familia Project Advisory Council, National Association of Latino Elected Officials, Dept. of Homeland Security Houston Roundtable, contributing writer for Familias Latinas Magazine, and various community development efforts in Montgomery and Harris Counties.
Respectful collaboration, innovation, and strategic focus are the pillars of her multi-sector and intercultural efforts. In 2013 she received a Texas Senate Proclamation for her efforts in supporting the Latino community in Montgomery County. She is the proud mother of two children, has been married for twenty four years, and is an active member of her faith community.