Air Alliance Houston Announces New Executive Director
HOUSTON, TX – Air Alliance Houston announced today that it has found its new Executive Director, Dr. Bakeyah S. Nelson. Jonathan Ross, President of the Board of AAH, stated “We are so pleased to have Dr. Nelson to lead us forward in this critical time for air quality and its effect on our health. While working for Harris County Public Health, Dr. Nelson was an integral partner in Air Alliance Houston’s work with the Galena Park community. We are thrilled to welcome her home.”
After several years working for healthy outcomes in the region, Dr. Nelson is excited by the opportunities awaiting her at AAH. “It is an honor to continue working on behalf of and in partnership with Houston communities to improve the quality of life for everyone. We have made progress on improving air quality, but more work is needed. We have communities in our region that are suffering from health inequities that are associated with the inequitable distribution of environmental hazards that compromise air quality in communities of color and low-income. Air Alliance Houston plays a significant role in efforts to reduce these health inequities and serves as the leading non-profit organization dedicated to working with communities to build our region’s capacity to improve its air quality.”
During the next few years, Dr. Nelson said she intends to work collaboratively with traditional environmental partners and would also like to expand Air Alliance Houston’s reach by strengthening partnerships and integrating environmental health and air quality concerns with local efforts to work across sectors to build healthy communities. “Given the current plans to weaken environmental regulations and impose significant budget cuts to agencies that work to protect clean air and public health more broadly, we will have to work harder to advance our efforts and protect our communities. A key component of our work will be to help build residents’ capacity to engage in the various public decision-making processes that impact their communities’ health and quality of life.”
Air Alliance Houston has a strong track record of working in partnership with communities to improve public health and quality of life for the Houston region in the areas of research, education and advocacy. The organization is excited that this legacy will continue under Dr. Nelson’s leadership.