For the past four years, Resha Thomas has served as the statewide political director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) - Texas. Since 2010, Resha has focused on creating and implementing field programs geared towards increasing the vote of the rising American electorate communities. Resha is a native Houstonian who enjoys spending her weekends exploring Houston’s diverse food scene.
Reverend James Caldwell is a native of Fifth Ward, a historically African American community and one of the oldest neighborhoods in Houston. In 2008, his passion for the community led him to birth COCO and develop a community network that builds sustainability within the community through dissemination of information and community events. In partnership with groups like Texas Southern University professor Dr. Robert Bullard, COCO puts on environmental justice community meetings that educate the community on a variety of resilience issues.
Mary Anne coordinates the Conservancy’s land protection programs and conservation assistance to private landowners, establishes community partnerships and relationships with diverse stakeholders, and oversees the agency’s operations and programs. She expanded the land protection program from 1,300 acres in 1999 to nearly 23,000 acres today; implemented a conservation buyer program to support additional conservation; and formed joint venture partnerships to restore habitat while also increasing earned income using stream and wetlands mitigation projects.
She received a Master of City Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of New Hampshire. In 2014, Ms. Piacentini was one of four women to receive the inaugural Terry Hershey Texas Women in Conservation award.
Alex Birnel (He/Him) is the Advocacy Manager at MOVE Texas. In his role with MOVE Texas, he leads issue-based campaigns affectIng the lives of young people, building power across the state of Texas. Alex helped found MOVE San Antonio during his time studying anthropology and political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is also an experienced community advocate and organizer. In his personal organizing efforts, he helped found the local San Antonio DSA chapter. He also served a year term on the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America, a 16 member body and the highest political arm of that organization.
Teresa Davis is an altruistic and creative individual who for many years, has demonstrated her passion for ameliorating the lives of others, by way of her professional work experience in the legal field and her on-going volunteerism and philanthropy work...
Teresa's graduate studies at Eastern Michigan University, and M.A. in Educational Psychology, opened the door to research that would later prove efficacious, for implementing change among the at-risk and under-served populations. In 2018, Teresa successfully led a crisis counseling team, throughout Southeast Texas, overseeing nine counties, working closely with both state and federal stakeholders, in response to Harvey hurricane, focused on advocacy, community engagement, resiliency, and restoration. In 2019, Teresa joined The Coalition for Environment, Equity, and Resilience, CEER, to raise awareness of the connections between pollution, place and the public's health, serving as Director of Government Affairs & Community Engagement and now serves as the Interim Coalition Director. Teresa is a visionary and has been honored and privileged to help build over five start-up organizations. Teresa also enjoys composing music, producing & directing short film narratives, travelling, and cooking.
Carmen (she/her/ella) is a foreign medical graduate who has experience working to educate and engage communities around health equity. Carmen worked with epilepsy patients in Corpus Christi and along the Southern border of Texas. She relocated to Houston from California, where she worked for community health centers in risk management, p
Carmen (she/her/ella) is a foreign medical graduate who has experience working to educate and engage communities around health equity. Carmen worked with epilepsy patients in Corpus Christi and along the Southern border of Texas. She relocated to Houston from California, where she worked for community health centers in risk management, patient relations and conflict management. Prior to emigrating to the US, she worked as a physician in community health centers in Mexico in primary and public health. Carmen has lived in several states and seen the impact humans and industry are having on our environment.
Andy (he/they | el/elle) is a born and raised Houstonian from the northwest Cypress suburbs & identifies as a bisexual man of non-binary/gender non-conforming experience. They come from a working class disabled Tejano Mexican American household and became a First Generation college graduate from The University of Texas at Austin. Passiona
Andy (he/they | el/elle) is a born and raised Houstonian from the northwest Cypress suburbs & identifies as a bisexual man of non-binary/gender non-conforming experience. They come from a working class disabled Tejano Mexican American household and became a First Generation college graduate from The University of Texas at Austin. Passionate about anti-oppression, he has over ten years of facilitation, public speaking, volunteering, fundraising, community organizing/building, social justice advocacy, and progressive political activism. As board member of the Houston chapter of Impulse Group International, Andy works to create a brave space to engage, support and connect gay men as well as lesbian, bi, trans, & other queer folks in a stronger & healthier community. He is a Taurus dog parent to two daughters, stereotypical millennial, watches way too much TV, and has not eaten meat since 2007.