The Greater Houston Builders Association is delighted to announce that we have a new member of our team. Sara Alhalabi joined GHBA in October as the Government Affairs Coordinator. She works closely with Director of Government Affairs Bradley Pepper, to support the Community Developers Council, HOME-PAC, and government relations activities. In addition, Sara will assist with GHBA board communications and meetings, Young Professionals events, and many other GHBA events and activities.
CEO Aimee Bertrand asked Sara a few questions about herself, to help you get to know her.
Aimee Bertrand: Where did you grow up?
Sara Alhalabi: A little bit of everywhere. I moved to Houston from Kentucky when I was younger. I was born in Chicago and lived in Michigan for a while as well. I also stayed in Syria for a small part of my childhood.
AB: Tell us about your work experience prior to joining the GHBA team.
SA: As a wedding planner/coordinator, I am used to doing lots of hands-on work during events. I also worked as a political staffer during the 86th Texas Legislative session and interned in Washington, D.C. for a semester at the United States House of Representatives.
AB: What excites you about the opportunity to work with the residential construction industry?
SA: I am honestly just excited to learn from every person involved in this process. I have a lot of experience coming from a legislative office. Seeing how things move from this new perspective is something I hope I can use to sharpen my own skills in my political toolbox.
AB: Do you have any pets?
SA: YES. I have one cat – Earl Grey. She is a grey nebelung and a rescue; it is her world and I just live in it. I also have one dog – a rescue and black lab mix – named Vader (Dog-Vader aha!). He is my best friend and a very good boy.
AB: What is your favorite thing to do away from the office?
SA: I usually hike trails with my dog or have quiet days at peace in my home.
AB: When a guest from out-of-town visits, where are your must-visit spots for them?
SA: Texas Truckyard – a local beer bar with a Ferris wheel that I love.
The Hobbit Café – a local small restaurant based on “The Lord of The Rings.”
Day Six – a coffee shop in downtown that supports other small businesses, as well! They make a great lavender latte.
Hermann Park/Miller Outdoor Theater – fun new way to see local dramas, orchestras, or performances outside on the hill.
85 and Below, as well as 99 Ranch – best boba and sweet bread ever.
AB: What else should our members know about you?
SA: I am just a super energetic and go-lucky person. I take notes for everything, and I love to do as much as possible. I guess I am very type A and love to be involved in anything that I can contribute to.