Grady Prestage is establishing an impressive record of public service in Fort Bend County. After losing a runoff election to the incumbent commissioner by 92 votes in 1986, Grady returned and was elected to the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court in November of 1990. His taking office as Precinct 2 Commissioner marked the first time that an African American has served on the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court since Reconstruction. Commissioner Prestage was re-elected in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Prior to his election to public office, Commissioner Prestage worked as a Civil Engineer for a variety of oil and gas companies, consulting engineering firms and later as a partner in a marketing consulting firm. Mr. Prestage is currently affiliated with Market Developers LLC, real estate development and consulting firm. He received his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1980 and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
Grady Prestage is the former President of the Texas Organization of Black County Commissioners, a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counties (NACO), the Texas Association of Counties (TAC), the National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO), the Alliance for I-69 Texas, Central Houston Student Housing, Inc., and the Houston Area Water Corporation. Former Texas Governor Ann Richards appointed Commissioner Prestage to the Board of Regents for the Lamar University System and the Texas County and District Retirement System. He currently serves on the City of Houston Planning Commission and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
While in office, Commissioner Prestage has initiated the development of the Fort Bend County Community Development Department, the Fort Bend County Housing Finance Corporation, the Fort Bend Toll Road Authority, and the Fort Bend County Parks and Recreation Department. He is also responsible for building two public owned and private operated Boys and Girls Clubs and for making significant staff and capacity upgrades to the County Health Department.
Commissioner Prestage represents Fort Bend County Precinct 2, which includes portions of Houston, Missouri City and Stafford. Commissioner Prestage is married to Fheryl Johnson Prestage and they have one son, Dustin and one daughter, Erin.