Members

MEMBERS

The Community Flood Resilience Task Force (CFRTF) is carried out through two governing committees and four thematic committees that meet regularly. The inaugural five members of the CFRTF were appointed by Commissioners Court in the Fall of 2020 and are responsible for appointing the remaining twelve members.

THE EXECUTIVE COMITTEE

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Kenneth Williams
Chair
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Kenneth Williams
Chair
Ken Williams is a founding director of the Northeast Houston Redevelopment Council, Vice-President of Super Neighborhood 48 Trinity-Houston Gardens, and a community servant/activist/resident.
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Mashal Awais
Vice Chair
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Mashal Awais
Vice Chair
Mashal Awais is the watershed specialist at Bayou City Waterkeeper, where her work focuses on the pursuit of healthy waters, ecosystems and communities throughout the Lower Galveston Bay Watershed. She holds a Masters in Environmental Analysis from Rice University, and has over 8 years experience working alongside environmental justice and frontline communities
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Billy Guevara
Secretary
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Billy Guevara
Secretary
Billy Guevara is a member of the Northeast Action Collective, a community organizer, and twice-over flood survivor. He is totally blind and represents the interests of the neighborhoods in Northeast Houston.

APPOINTED MEMBERS

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Shirley Ronquillo
County Judge’s Office
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Shirley Ronquillo
County Judge’s Office
Shirley Ronquillo is a Harris County community organizer, East Aldine resident and co-founder of the Houston Department of Transformation. After Hurricane Harvey, Shirley recognized the need to work with residents to advocate for equitable flood mitigation and encourages residents to raise their voices.
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Mashal Awais
Precinct 1
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Mashal Awais
Precinct 1
Mashal Awais is the watershed specialist at Bayou City Waterkeeper, where her work focuses on the pursuit of healthy waters, ecosystems and communities throughout the Lower Galveston Bay Watershed. She holds a Masters in Environmental Analysis from Rice University, and has over 8 years experience working alongside environmental justice and frontline communities
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Lisa Gonzalez
Precinct 2
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Lisa Gonzalez
Precinct 2
Lisa Gonzalez is President of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), a nonprofit sustainability research organization. Lisa is a longtime resident of East Harris County and as a coastal scientist, focuses on climate resilience and intersections between natural ecosystems and the built environment.
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Bob Rehak
Precinct 3
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Bob Rehak
Precinct 3
Bob Rehak has more than 50 years of experience in communications. After seeing thousands in his area flooded during Harvey, he launched ReduceFlooding.com, a website dedicated to helping people understand the causes of flooding as well as mitigation possibilities.
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Bill Callegari
Precinct 4
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Bill Callegari
Precinct 4
Bill Callegari is a long-time citizen of Harris County, including 40 years residence on the Katy Prairie. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, and also served as the Texas State Representative representing Katy and Cypress for fourteen years, from 2001 to 2015.
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Johana Clark
City of Houston
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Johana Clark
City of Houston
Johana Clark is the Senior Assistant Director managing Stormwater Operations with Houston Public Works which oversees the daily operations of the City’s critical drainage system infrastructure. Johana has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the National University of Colombia and a Master of Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

AT-LARGE MEMBERS

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Adriana Tamez
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Adriana Tamez
Adriana Tamez is a Houston Community College Trustee, and President and CEO for the Tejano Center for Community Concerns (TCCC) providing overall management of the non-profit organization and its nine service programs. Essential to this work has been nurturing and creating partnerships at all levels to meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations in our county.
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Dr. Denae King
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Dr. Denae King
Dr. Denae King is a native Houstonian and an environmental justice researcher at Texas Southern University. She earned a Ph.D. in environmental science/toxicology from the University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston, School of Public Health and works on environmental health projects in Houston’s underserved communities plagued with cumulative environmental exposures and recurring flooding.
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Dr. Joseph Colaco
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Dr. Joseph Colaco
Dr. Joseph Colaco holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is President of Colaco Engineers and Professor of Architecture at the University of Houston. Dr. Colaco brings over 50 years of engineering experience related to flood resilience and mitigation and was a founding member of the Hurricane Research Center at Texas A&M. Most recently he served as an expert panelist for the webinar on Hurricanes and Tornadoes through Florida International University.
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Dr. Pamela Hernandez
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Dr. Pamela Hernandez
Pamela Hernandez, Ph.D. is principal researcher and founder of Educo Research, a research firm that builds human capacity and social change through research. She has fifteen years of experience in higher education institutions, and working with various agencies across the U.S. in fields such as educational research, assessment and evaluation, as well as leadership development, multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice training
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Elaine Morales-Díaz
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Elaine Morales-Díaz
Elaine Morales-Díaz is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at Connective where she leads collective initiatives and local policy recommendations focused on community resilience, recovery, and the continuous improvement of social services. With a background in Architecture and Community Planning, Elaine has worked on equity building initiatives that support access to affordable housing, advance just disaster recovery practices, and address community development issues through participatory design and planning.
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Mary Anne Piacentini
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Mary Anne Piacentini
Mary Anne Piacentini, President and CEO, Coastal Prairie Conservancy, coordinates its land protection programs and conservation assistance to landowners, establishes community partnerships and relationships with stakeholders, and oversees the operations and programs of the agency. She has a master’s degree in planning from Harvard University and is currently a board member of the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation.
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Michael Bloom
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Michael Bloom
Michael F. Bloom, P.E., ENV SP, CFM, directs the sustainability practice of R. G. Miller Engineers, Inc. and is Vice President - Technical of the Houston Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a nationally recognized expert in resilient and sustainable infrastructure planning and design with 29 years of professional experience.
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Tracy Stephens
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Tracy Stephens
Tracy Stephens is the President of Sunnyside Civic Club, Gulfgate TIRZ Board Vice Chairman, Infrastructure Rehab and Development Chairman for South Park Community, ACTS Board Research Coordinator, and worked for the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Specialized Maintenance District Supervisor for Streets, Drainage Construction and Rehab.
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Yasmeen Davila
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Yasmeen Davila
Yasmeen Dávila is a multi-diciplinary non-binary queer artist and organizer in Houston, Texas. Having lived through various hurricanes that passed through Houston, they have set their pursuits to advocate for the neglected neighborhoods that experience floods and chemical exposures before, during, and after hurricane season.

PREVIOUS CONTRIBUTORS

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Dr. Earthea Nance
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Dr. Earthea Nance
Dr. Earthea Nance is a published author, scholar, registered civil engineer, and certified floodplain manager with over 30 years of experience. She earned her PhD from Stanford University, and after Hurricane Harvey she served on the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium.
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Iris Gonzalez
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Iris Gonzalez
Iris Gonzalez is the founding Coalition Director for The Coalition for Environment, Equity and Resilience (CEER), an advocacy collaborative working on environmental justice policy solutions in the greater Houston region. She has over 10 years experience in program development, program management, coalition building, grant-making, fundraising, and community engagement.
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Laura Patiño
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Laura Patiño
Laura Patiño is the Chief Resiliency Officer for the City of Austin. Prior to joining the city of Austin, Laura served as the Deputy Resiliency Officer for the City of Houston and helped to develop and implement the Resilient Houston strategy and the Climate Action Plan while tying in Harvey Recovery efforts city-wide.

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Applications to the Task Force are accepted on a rolling basis, through the Office of Boards and Commissions. Vacancies are filled through this pool of candidates when they occur.