Ilhaam "Illy" Jaffer

Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
City of Houston Health Department
     
   Ilhaam "Illy" Jaffer is a dynamic professional with over a decade of experience in the public and private sectors in both Washington, DC and Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of political science from the University of Houston and earned her master’s in government from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

In Texas, Illy was chosen to be a Mickey Leland Congressional fellow, has worked locally on campaigns for city council, the U.S. House of Representatives, and in Mayor Bill White’s international affairs office.

While in Washington D.C., Illy was senior staff for a Texas Congressional Black Caucus Member on Capitol Hill. Illy also worked as a consultant for Deloitte and Touche, LLP where she had federal clients such as: the U.S. Department of State, Health and Human Services and Postal Service. Illy worked as national advance staff for President Obama’s 2012 campaign, 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and the White House. In addition, Illy worked as national advance staff for Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2016 and in the communications and external affairs office of BP America. Illy has also served as co-chair of Women in Government Relations and is a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific Staffers Association.

Currently, Illy serves in the capacity of Intergovernmental Affairs Manager for the City of Houston Health Department where she manages both state and federal affairs as it relates to health policy. Illy is a graduate of Leadership Houston class XXXVIII and is currently getting certified in public management at the University of Houston. In addition, Illy serves as the board of directors for the Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce while continuing her work in Washington, DC as one of the co-chairs for Women in Government Relations and member of the Congressional Asian Pacific Staffers Association.