Council Member Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley 
District 8

At Large
Mayor Pro Tempore

First Elected May 2019
Term expires May 2026


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Represents the entire city.

Dr. Odom-Wesley moved to Arlington from San Antonio, TX in 1980. She has lived in north Arlington for 39 years. She and her husband of 36 years, Curtis, have three adult children. All three were educated in AISD schools and hold masters degrees. Dr. Odom-Wesley is the daughter of former Arlington Mayor Elzie Odom and Mrs. Ruby Odom.

Professional Background/Memberships

Dr. Odom-Wesley is a retired healthcare professor. She taught for 42 years at four universities: University of the Incarnate Word, Texas Woman’s University, University of Texas at Arlington and DeVry University. She is president and founder of Medpro Consulting Services since 1991.

Council Committees

  • Economic Development
  • Municipal Policy
  • Transportation and Municipal Infrastructure

Council Representation

  • Arlington Housing Finance Corporation
  • National League of Cities Race, Equity and Leadership Council
  • National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee – Vice Chair
  • North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Transportation Council
  • Tarrant County Homeless Coalition Continuum of Care
  • Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones for 1, 6 & 7
  • United Way – Arlington Steering Committee
  • Arlington Youth & Families Board
  • Ethics Commission

Professional Service

  • Past President, San Antonio and Dallas/Fort Worth Health Information Management Associations
  • Past President, Texas Health Information Management Association
  • Past President, American Health Information Management Association


  • Ph.D. – Health & Family Science, Texas Woman’s University
  • M.A. – Health, Education, Management, University of the Incarnate Word
  • B.S. – Health Information Management, University of the Incarnate Word
  • RHIA – Registered Health Information Administrator
  • FAHIMA – Fellow, American Health Information Management Association

Civic Service/Community Service/Position

  • United Way – 16 years; Arlington Steering Committee
  • Board of Trustees – Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital
  • Charter Member: Martin Luther King Celebration Committee
  • Chartering President: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Arlington Graduate Chapter
  • City Council Committees: Arlington Youth & Families Board, Ethics Commission
  • Mentor: Richard Greene Scholar Program


  • Board Member: North Texas Area Community Health Clinics
  • Board of Directors: Martin Luther King Celebration Committee
  • Member: Health Impact Leadership Council – Texas Health Resources
  • AISD Back to School Kickoff - Health Resources Chair
  • Group Leader Bible Study Fellowship
  • Married Couples Ministry Covenant Church
  • Past Presidents’ Council Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Arlington Graduate Chapter
  • Emeritus Member: American Health Information Management Association
  • Life Member: NAACP and Chair, Health Committee for Arlington Branch
  • Life Member: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

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