Judge Wanda E. Adams


Wanda Adams was first elected as Harris County Justice of the Peace Precinct 7, Place 1, in 2020 after serving 7 years on the Houston Independent School District Board of Education and the limit of three two-year terms as a member of the Houston City Council for District D.

Judge Adams is a native Houstonian and product of HISD, graduating as a basketball standout from Kashmere High School. She received an athletic scholarship to Texas Southern University, where she earned her bachelors of science degree in public affairs administration of justice and a master's degree in public administration.

She has served as a professor of political science at her alma mater, where she also hosted the KTSU public-affairs radio program "Impact Houston Live." She brought to her classroom and the radio program not only experience as an elected official but a long career in public service. She served on the NCAA Final Four Sustainability Committee and the Super Bowl LI Sustainability Committee. Judge Adams is also the first African-American woman to be appointed to serve on the Harris County Appraisal District Board of Directors.

As a public servant, Judge Adams has been committed to support for the homeless, veterans, the disabled, and mentally ill, and is a strong advocate for breast cancer awareness and women affected by domestic violence.

She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has had the honor of being appointed to national committees, including the Social Action Commission and the National/Regional Housing Task Force. She also served as a trustee for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and is a member of Leadership Houston Class 30.

Judge Adams is a Sunday school teacher for the Fountain of Praise Church, through which she participated in a mission trip to Cape Town, South Africa. Judge Adams has traveled throughout the world - including Africa, Europe, and South America.

Among her awards are having a community park and community door named in her honor; 2018 Women Making History Leadership Award from Texas Democratic Women of Harris County; Kashmere Former Athletes Association inductee into the 2018 Kashmere Ring of Honor; Black Professional Cowboys and Cowgirls Association 2017 Trailblazer of the Year; 2017 Servant Leader Award from Fountain of Praise Church; 2017 Communication and Leadership Award from Toastmasters International; 2017 Knights of Peter Claver Living Legends Award; d-mars.com's Top 30 Influential Women and Top 50 Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs; Houston Woman magazine's Top 50 Women in Houston; the Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children's Elected Official of the Year Award; selection to RollingOut.com's Top 25 Women; and the Award of Distinction from the National Forum of Black Public Accountants. Judge Adams also partnered with KRIV Fox 26 on a television news special, "Diversity in the Classroom," at Westbury High School. The program won a 2015 Lone Star Emmy Award.