represents Ward 3 on the Little Rock City Board. A native of Pine Bluff, she moved to Little Rock in 1985 after graduating from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a degree in Communications. Since 1996, she has worked at Tipton & Hurst, Inc. Prior to that, she worked for Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation for twelve years, retiring from the organization as Vice President.
First elected to the City Board in November 2002, she has been reelected in 2006 and 2010. From January 2007 to December 2008, she served as Vice Mayor of the City of Little Rock. Prior to her election to the City Board, she served as co-chair of the Vision Little Rock, Recreation and Tourism workgroup. She also served as a member of the Little Rock Zoo Board of Governors from 2000 to 2002.
Director Hurst chaired the three (3)-year community-wide planning process that led to a vision and Master Plan for the renovation of War Memorial Park. Since the plan was adopted by the Board, over $2 million has been devoted to improvements within this signature park.
She was instrumental in the revitalization of the Midtown Redevelopment Corridor. These efforts started with the Statement of Expectations planning document and a Design Overlay District adopted by the Planning Commission and board of Directors. As a result of this work, tens of millions of dollars of private investment in the Midtown Corridor that continues today.
Director Hurst was founding chair and board member of the City Parks Conservancy, which raises money for the City's parks. She has served as chair of the Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees in Arkansas. She is currently a sustaining member of the Junior League of Little Rock, after having led the League's efforts to purchase and restore the historic Women's City Club in downtown. Her numerous other community memberships include the Nature Conservancy, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Arkansas Arts Center, Youth Home Board of Trustees, Arkansas Women's Forum, CARTI Foundation Board of Trustees, Little Rock Garden Club, First Tee of Arkansas Board of Trustees, Arkansas Children's Hospital Auxiliary, Alzheimer's Arkansas Advisory Board.
Director Hurst and her husband Howard have two children.