J. Miles McKinney, Jr.
Remembering Miles McKinney
As Director of Intergovernmental Relations for The Woodlands Township, Miles represented the interests of the
Township before the Texas Legislature as well as select issues before the U.S. Congress, working for passage of legislation that will favorably impact the sustainability, livability and economic viability of The Woodlands Township. He worked closely with local state legislators that represent the Township in Austin and as necessary, Washington, D.C.
In addition, the Intergovernmental Relations function represents the interests of the Township before local
governmental bodies and political subdivisions, state and federal agencies, regulatory commissions, and quasi-public entities. Miles engaged in various local, state and federal issues involving public safety, the environment, infrastructure and public works, mobility and transportation, community planning and land use, public health, water use, conservation and drainage, as well as the provision of utility services to the Township and Woodlands community.
After joining The Woodlands Community Service Corporation in 2000 in the Covenant Administration Department, Mr. McKinney was called upon to develop and assume the newly formed position of Director of Legislative and Government Affairs for the Community Associations of The Woodlands in 2005. He served in this capacity until joining The Woodlands Township in 2010.
Mr. McKinney was a past President and Board member of the Greater Houston Community Associations Institute (CAI). He also served as Treasurer and Board member of the Texas Legislative Action Committee of the Texas Community Associations Institute. His work supported the three property owner associations and the covenants placed on the land in The Woodlands prior to formation of the Township.
Mr. McKinney served on The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative and Mobility Teams, and as a member of the Chamber Business Council.
Miles served as Vice-President of Government Relations and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber for three years. He served as Team Leader for the Legislative Team that sponsors the Whistle Stop Tour Luncheon for candidates seeking federal, state and local political offices. He also led the Montgomery County Day at the Capitol effort that is co-sponsored by the six chambers of commerce in Montgomery County. Mr. McKinney participated as an active member of the Greater Houston Partnership Local Relations, State Relations and Federal Relations Committees working on public policy issues important to the thirteen-county Gulf Coast Planning region.
Prior to joining the Township, Mr. McKinney worked 25 years in the petroleum industry with Atlantic Richfield Company, Amoco Oil Company and British Petroleum, serving in U.S. and foreign assignments. He worked with U.S. state and federal governments, foreign governments and the European Union in the development of energy and regulatory policy to support natural gas and power business ventures. Mr. McKinney developed company policy and advocated positions on energy issues before the lower-48 state Public Utility Commissions and the U. S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as well as provided testimony before the United States Senate. He was responsible for development of company regulatory policy supporting natural gas and power business ventures in European, Middle Eastern, African and Asian countries.
The Woodlands Township will greatly miss his professionalism, dedication and leadership.