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 worked with Air Alliance Houston since 2013, but has been a public servant and advocate for the environment since her youth. An alumna of the University of Houston, she studied economics and political science as an undergrad, and is currently pursuing a Certified Public Manager designation from the UH Hobby School of Public Affairs. Outside of these, Paige spends her time raising a young daughter, volunteering with local youth organizations, playing music, practicing yoga, and crafting in needlepoint.
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.
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 an environmental compliance contractor in Houston-area industries for nearly a decade. Amid growing concern about the efficacy of his efforts to promote environmental responsibility from within industry, he returned to school to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Minor in Environmental Science from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. 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.
Emilia Benton, Communications Director
Emilia is Air Alliance Houston’s communications director, as well as as a freelance writer and editor for a variety of publications. She previously worked as an editor at the Houston Chronicle and MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a graduate of Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, where she studied journalism, Spanish and women’s studies. Emilia is also an eight-time marathoner, avid baker and frequent traveler.