Bakeyah Nelson, Executive Director

Dr. Bakeyah Nelson has been working to improve public health for the past several years in the Houston region. Prior to joining Air Alliance Houston, Dr. Nelson most recently served as a consultant working to advance dialogue about the policies and practices that produce health inequities which includes the over-concentration of environmental hazards and exposures in low income communities and communities of color. She previously served in the Office of Policy and Planning for Harris County Public Health, where she was responsible for monitoring community health status throughout Harris County and facilitating the planning and implementation of community-based assessment initiatives to improve health.

Paige Powell, Director of Operations

Paige has been a life-long advocate for public health, education, and the environment. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree, both from the University of Houston. She is a Certified Public Manager, accredited by the National Public Manager Consortium, and is member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps trained by former Vice President Al Gore. Her primary research interests include climate change, energy, transportation, and land use. Outside of work, she likes to play music, practice yoga, and spend time in nature.

Juan Flores, Community Outreach Coordinator

Juan is a Houston-area native who studied at the University of Houston. Outside of being a community activist and leader, he enjoys spending time with his family family, sports, the outdoors, and being a part of many great social organizations.

Leticia Ablaza, Community Outreach Director

Leticia was born in Mexico and came to Houston as a child, eventually graduating from the University of St. Thomas and Milby High School. Prior to joining Air Alliance Houston, she served as the Chief of Staff for City Council District A Council Member Helena Brown.

Paula Torrado, Community Outreach Coordinator

Paula graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s degree in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Her main focus at Air Alliance Houston is the Pasadena Community Project, with the goal of reducing air pollution in the area. Paula is passionate about nature and the environment, and her studies have motivated her to devote her time to learning about global climate, the earth, the environment, and the state and local policies surrounding these areas. Prior to joining Air Alliance Houston, she did work with the Texas Campaign for the Environment, volunteered with The Sierra Club, and worked as a research assistant for the Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Houston, where she worked on an ozone analysis project.

Corey Williams, Research and Policy Director

Corey has worked as a technician for environmental compliance contractors in Houston-area industries for nearly a decade. Concerned about the efficacy of his efforts to promote environmental responsibility from within industry, he returned to school to further his understanding of environmental issues and to explore possible solutions. Corey graduated from the University of Houston – Clear Lake with summa cum laude honors in Geography and a minor in Environmental Science and is now enrolled in the school’s Environmental Management graduate program. Through the use of spatial tools and research methods, Corey is working to better understand the unique environmental conditions within and among Houston-area communities and to inform the creation of smarter environmental policy decisions.