Illy Jaffer

Illy Jaffer

Government Affairs Professional

Ilhaam “Illy” Jaffer is a dynamic government affairs professional with over a decade of experience in the public and private sectors.

She is a graduate of political science from the University of Houston and earned her masters in government from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

In Texas, Illy has worked locally on campaigns for city council and the U.S. House of Representatives. She has also worked for Mayor Bill White in his international affairs office and Mayor Annise Parker in her health department.

While in Washington D.C., Illy has worked as senior staff for a Texas Congressional Black Caucus Member on Capitol Hill. Illy has also worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State, Health and Human Services and Postal Service. She has worked as advance staff for President Obama’s 2012 campaign, Inaugural Commander-in-Chief Ball, and White House. Most recently, Illy worked as advance staff for Secretary Hillary Clinton and in the government affairs office for BP America.

Illy has served as co-chair for Women in Government Relations and is now consulting on government affairs strategy for start-up organizations in the Houston, Texas area.