Annette Greenfield Strauss shaped the city of Dallas first as a major fundraiser for various charities and then as mayor. Strauss earned a master’s degree in sociology from Columbia in 1944 while working as a fashion model. Two years later, she married and moved to Dallas, where she began volunteering and fundraising, generating $20 million for United Jewish Appeal, United Way, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the University of Texas Health Center, and other local and national campaigns. In 1983 she joined the Dallas City Council and became mayor pro tem in 1984, winning the election for mayor in 1987. As mayor, she created Family Gateway, a homeless shelter that would enable families to stay together and provide childcare for parents while they looked for work. After completing her term in 1991, she chaired the boards of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and the Dallas Council of World Affairs, and served as director and trustee for a number of other organizations.
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