Assata Richards is the Director of the Sankofa Research Institute and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston. She has a Doctorate and Masters in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelors in Sociology from the University of Houston. Ms. Richards also serves as Board President of the Emancipation Economic Development Council and as a member of the Houston Housing Coalition coordinating team. She is the founding Board President of the recently formed Third Ward Cooperative Community Builders and served as Chair of the Housing Transition Committee for Mayor Sylvester Turner.
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Diana Del Pilar is the Founding Principal of Rose M. Avalos Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Aldine Independent School District. She is formerly the Founding Principal of Middle College High School at HCC Gulfton and former principal of Helms Elementary Dual Language Magnet School in Houston ISD. She has a Masters of Education from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelors in Academic Studies from Sam Houston State University. Ms. Del Pilar is active in the National Hispanic Professionals Organization and is passionate about the college and career readiness of at-risk youth and an advocate of the importance of stable, affordable housing to ensuring a strong and consistent educational foundation that will lead all children to future success.
Adelle Main is the Assistant Director of the Community Design Resource Center, at the University of Houston where she also teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer. She has a Masters of International Urban and Environmental Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Western Australia. Ms. Main has helped design community plans for Houston’s Complete Communities Initiative and the Northline and Third Ward neighborhoods. She has long been a proponent for community land trusts in the Houston area and served as the Chair of the Emancipation Economic Development Council’s Community Land Trust and Housing Working Group from 2015-2017.
Reynaldo Guerra is a Senior Proposal Development Engineer with the Siemens Corporation. He has Doctorate and Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. Mr. Guerra is actively involved in the community and has served as Civic Engagement Chair for the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board under both Mayor Parker and Turner. He is also the founder of several local organizations including the New Leaders Council, Tacos and Vote, and Camp STEMovation.
Redick Edwards is Board President and Chairman of the Houston Housing Finance Corporation and formerly Senior Vice President and Client Manager with Bank of America’s Commercial Banking division. He has a Master’s degree from the New York University Graduate School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Dillard University. Mr. Edwards is passionate about homelessness prevention and serves as a member of Mayor Turner’s Permanent Supportive Housing Committee. In Houston, he has also served as a member of the Civil Service Commission, United Negro College Fund, Urban League and March of Dimes.
LaDonna Parker is a Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams and is a certified Texas Affordable Housing Specialist. She has a Bachelors in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and serves on the Master Faculty for KWRI. She founded the Better Family Life’s 26th Ward Neighborhood Association and served as its Director from 2008-2010. Ms. Parker has also served as an Affordable Commissioner for five years and has extensive experience with low-to-moderate income housing development.
Whitney Crayton is a Real Estate Associate with King & Spalding LLP. She has a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law and a Bachelors in History from Columbia University. Ms. Crayton is a former member of Teach for America and currently serves on the board of the Emancipation Economic Development Council. She is an advocate for Houston’s Third Ward community and co-founder of the Houston Black Associates Collective.