Para LaNell Agboga serves as the 2018 Leadership Summit Conference Co-Chair. She is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and of Texas Southern University with an Executive Master of Public Administration. She is also a graduate of the highly esteemed Executive Leadership Institute offered by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. Having lived in Austin since the age of six, she is proud to serve the city that has served her. Para’s passion is the engagement of all citizens in the arts on multiple levels. She believes the arts to be a strong community pride builder and a quality of life issue. Since 1998 she has worked in the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, the only African American Museum in the area.
A true believer in community service, Para never serves any organization “in name only”, but fully commits herself to the mission and purpose. She serves as Volunteer Coordinator on the board of the Austin Area Heritage Council which promotes and sponsors events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. She is active in the Central Texas Chapter of National Forum for Black Public Administrators and the City of Austin’s African American Heritage Network. She is a proud member of the Austin Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. where she is Corresponding Secretary. Her family attends High Pointe Baptist Church where she teaches in the Children’s Ministry.
Mrs. Agboga is the proud wife to Christopher and mother of three children: Carrie, Cecilia and Christopher, II. She looks forward to more creative and innovative opportunities to make the Austin community the best it can be for all who choose to live here.