GHWCC Member Profiles

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Ann Al-Bahish
Haynes and Boone, LLP

I grew up in Huntsville, Texas and earned degrees from Trinity University, Harvard Law School and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

How I spend my days

As an attorney, I help clients with environmental issues. This includes representing clients in disputes, advising on business decisions, cleaning up or restoring property, designing environmental best practices, or planning an ESG strategy.

Outside interests

I like to read, paint, learn about plants and birds, spend time in nature and go to live music events. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Civic passions

I enjoy working with the community, especially on issues that impact the environment and human health and development. I try to both practice and support a holistic approach to health by working to remove barriers to healthcare, but also by promoting mindfulness and preventative health strategies. I have assisted a nonprofit developing environmental leaders at the high school level. I have served as a director on the boards of The Rose, the Houston Area Women’s Center, Sci-Art Exchange, Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston, Doctors for Change, and Bloomsday Literary. I also enjoy working with the Women’s Healthcare Network Committee of the GHWCC, as a wellness champion at my firm, Haynes and Boone.

Reducing food waste

Another passion of mine is to help devise strategies to reduce food waste, which is both a human health and environmental problem that, luckily, has many solutions. I became interested in this issue because food insecurity continues to be a problem in the U.S. and globally, and yet anywhere from 30-40% of all available food is thrown away before it is eaten. When food is thrown away, it can contribute to methane in landfills, but all the energy, water and land that went into growing, making or supplying the food is also wasted. I have enjoyed co-creating educational programming and solutions with clients, community leaders, students and others. I plan to continue to make food waste reduction efforts a part of my legal and community work and am open to speaking about these issues with companies and other groups, and in making waste reduction a part of a larger ESG strategy.