Houston City Controller Parker is a second generation native Houstonian. She attended Rice University, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, anthropology and psychology.
In private industry, Parker spent 20 years working in the oil and gas industry, including 18 years with Mosbacher Energy Company. She also co-owns a bookkeeping and income tax company and at one time was the owner of a bookshop.
Controller Parker was sworn as the 14th City Controller for the City of Houston on January 2, 2004. She is the city's first lesbian controller and the second-highest elected city official and serves as the City's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to her election as Controller in December 2003, Parker served for six years as an at-large member of Houston City Council.
She chaired city council's Fiscal Affairs and Neighborhood Protection Committees and served on eight other committees. She also represented Houston on the Alliance for Interstate 69 Texas Board and at meetings of the World Energy Cities Partnership.
Her past activities include service as President of the Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, the Neartown Civic Association and the Neartown Community Development Corporation. In 2001, Ms. Parker was selected as "Council Member of the Year" by the Houston Police Officers Union.
In 2002, she received the "Distinguished Local Elected Official Award" from the Texas Recreation and Park Society. She also received the "Good Brick Award" from the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance for her restoration of historic properties in the Old Sixth Ward.
Controller Parker is the daughter of Kay Dunagan Parker and Ivy "Les" Parker. Annise Parker and her life partner, Kathy Hubbard, have been together since 1990. They have two children.