Jennifer M. Hadayia, MPA

Executive Director

Air Alliance Houston’s Executive Director Jennifer (Jen) Hadayia, MPA, works closely with the Board of Directors and staff to ensure that AAH’s mission is fulfilled through strategic planning, programs, and management. Prior to joining AAH, she worked in leadership roles at various state and county health departments and non-profit organizations. 

Most recently, Jennifer served as the Senior Director of Public Health at Legacy Community Health Services, where she guided the public health department of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Texas to grow in both focus and reach in the middle of a global pandemic. She also worked for several years at Harris County Public Health; while there she directed the design of their  first-ever Health Equity strategy. 

A prolific public speaker, she has spoken at dozens of conferences about her public health and health equity work as well as served in statewide leadership roles for the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).

Jennifer majored in English at Yale University and earned an MPA from Columbia University with a concentration in Gender and Public Policy. 

A native Houstonian, Jennifer currently lives in Houston’s Near Northside neighborhood with her husband and a variety of rescue pets, including a 33-year-old box turtle. 

"Community voices and needs have always been at the center of AAH’s approach and always will be. It is exciting for me to lead the organization at a time when the field as a whole is aligning with our vision.”