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City Council Member’s Youth in Girl Scouts Led to Career in Public Service

One of the pillars of Girl Scouts is leadership development, which is why it serves as a great stepping stone for many young women interested in pursuing a career in government. Take Houston City Council Member Anne Clutterbuck, for example.

A native Houstonian, Anne began her Girl Scout journey as a Brownie at Bunker Hill Elementary and continued on through high school. She says her roots in Girl Scouting helped to lay the foundation for her success in life and career in public service.

“Girl Scouts put into context the importance of setting goals and accomplishing big tasks by taking little bites at a time,” says Anne, who earned all of her badges through the Badge System. “It also taught me the importance of female friendships and how important it is for women to support each other. It’s the ultimate grassroots network that taught me how to cultivate friendships that develop certain goals and, in the end, serve the community.”

Anne was elected to Houston City Council in December 2005 to represent the people of District C in Southwest Houston. In 2007, former Mayor Bill White appointed Anne as the Chair of both the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee and the Ethics Committee. In 2008, City Council voted for her to serve as a representative for the City of Houston on the Board of Directors of the Houston-Galveston Area Council.

Before joining City Council, Anne worked for many years in the community both as a volunteer as well as in public service. She has more than 17 years experience working on federal legislative issues, including seven years as the District Director for Congressman Bill Archer.

Although Anne wears many hats while serving on City Council, she continues to find ways to reengage with Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council by welcoming troops to City Council. “It’s always fun to show the girls that their elected officials are human beings like them and are even former scouts,” she says.

As the premier institution for development of young women, Girl Scouts provided Anne with unique opportunities to learn new skills that weren’t typically taught at home or in school. One of her fondest memories was becoming a sailing instructor at Camp Casa Mare one summer, which fostered her lifelong love of sailing.

“I’ve really noticed how wonderfully the San Jacinto Council has been operating, especially in the last ten years,” Anne says. “There has been a revived enthusiasm in how they’re promoting the Girl Scouts mission and message and it’s encouraging to the community. It tells me that it’s a strong and viable organization that will continue for a long, long time.”

Anne and her husband John Clutterbuck have two children and are active members of Houston's First Presbyterian Church, where Anne has taught Sunday school.

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