Our Team


Sean A. Haley, Ph.D., Executive Director

Sean A. Haley, Ph.D., has always focused on people and community empowerment, while working to create equitable and sustainable programs, systems, and structures that improve conditions for all citizens, but especially those who have been historically marginalized or underserved. His work as a leader, strategist, thought partner, facilitator, developer, and executive coach, has led to positive outcomes in communities of various demographics nationwide. As a consultant, Sean worked with hundreds of leaders, community members, stakeholders, and educators to align and improve practices. His areas of expertise include non-profit leadership, change management, program design, strategic planning, partnership development, community engagement, talent development, and systems-level transformation. Sean has served as a consultant to nationally recognized organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International Center for Leadership in Education, Institute for Public School Initiatives, and National CARES Mentoring Movement. Currently, he engages in several servant-leadership roles: Board Vice-Chair, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Houston Galveston; Board Member, Patient Care Intervention Center; Steering Committee/Co-Chair Community Voice, Health Equity Collective; Statewide Steering Committee on Aligning Systems for Health Equity in Texas, Texas Health Institute; Community Engagement Advisory Board, Change Happens; and Community Advisory Board, University of Houston HEALTH NIMHD-RCMI. Sean grew up in Houston, is a lifelong member of St. James’ Episcopal Church, and is a graduate of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Morehouse College, and the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

Algenita Scott Davis, Esq., Housing Program Manager

Government and Community Affairs Officer for Central Houston, Inc. and Visiting Professor with Jesse H. Jones School of Business of Texas Southern University for 5 years; Executive Director of Houston Habitat for Humanity, managing $30MM operation; constructing 350 affordable houses and three complete affordable subdivisions, operating mortgage company serving over 500 low-to-moderate income residents, directing $2MM restore operations, Served as SVP and community Affairs Officer for JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor Texas Commerce Bank; Serving as Founding Chair of Tax Increment Zone Number Nine that includes 460 affordable houses and Founding Vice Chair of Tax Increment Zone Number Seven with over $50 MM in community investment, Served as founding President of William A. Lawson Institute, constructing 50 unit senior housing project. Professional Leadership as President of National Bar Association and Houston Lawyers Association.


Angelita M. Gomez, Senior Administrator

Senior Administrator of Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement for 5 years, Executive Director of Finance and Administration for Affordable Apartments or America for 12 years operating non-profit organization and its $19 MM affordable housing community, supervising third party administrators of 360 unit bond-financed community, reviewing and approving leases, preparing all regulatory compliance certifications; Guardian Savings and Loan Executive Administrator for 9 years.


Jordan Pacelli Everett, Program Manager

Jordan Pacelli Everett holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Political Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has worked for Bay Area Turning Point, a domestic/sexual violence residential shelter, supporting survivors of interpersonal violence through her role as a Resident Advocate, and as a Violence Prevention Educator for the Houston Area Women’s Center where she facilitated workshops and trainings to professional communities across Houston. Jordan also served as the Associate Director for Rice University's SAFE Office: Interpersonal Misconduct Prevention and Support where she managed violence prevention programming initiatives for students, faculty, and staff, provided case management services to students impacted by interpersonal violence, advised multiple student groups and created curriculum for and taught undergraduate courses. Jordan began at CCPPI as a graduate intern and now serves full-time as a Program Manager where she develops and implements programs, advocacy campaigns, community initiatives, and analyzes policy around the promotion of affordable housing, equitable education, access to quality health care, and reforms to the criminal justice system.


Joy W. Fitzgerald, Esq., Housing Resource Manager

Principal:  Joy Wardlaw Fitzgerald, Esq., President and CEO of The Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA), awarded $30 Million Neighborhood Transformation Plan; SVP of Real Estate Development for 8 years, successfully repositioned public housing into healthy mixed-income, mixed finance mixed use communities; Director of Office of Affordable Housing for State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs; President of Houston Housing Authority (HHA) for 9 years after 20 career with HHA.


Linda Larry-Mitchell, Office Administrator

Linda Larry-Mitchell is the CCPPI Office Administrator and formerly a Certified Legal Assistant for JP Morgan Chase Bank and Northern Trust Banks as well as the Port of Houston Authority.  With extensive years of detail-oriented professional experience in finance, corporate, public and legal arena, she excelled in office administration and organization, technological proficiencies, accounts management and preparation of corporate documentation.  In addition to financial and public positions, spent over twelve years of tedious preparation of presentation documents, such as power point, etc. related to construction, survey, environmental, wastewater treatment safety and other compliance measures.  Using independent judgment, Mitchell gained from over thirty years of administrative support for executives, project managers and engineering staff, and now provide compliance documentation for the Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life in inner city neighborhoods by assembling and analyzing complex data, coordination communication of its leadership team and preparation of weekly and monthly reports.


Marissa Gorena, Program Manager

Marissa is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with experience in policy analysis and advocacy, building community relations, and program development. She holds a Bachelor's in Biotechnology with a Minor in Health Communications from the University of Houston. After completing her undergraduate degree, Marissa continued her education at the University of Houston and received her Master’s in Social Work with a specialization in Political Social Work from the Graduate College of Social Work. Marissa previously worked for the Houston Food Bank as a Policy Advocacy intern and Special Projects Coordinator. She also served as a Policy Analyst for the Legislative Study Group, chaired by Representative Garnet Coleman, during the 86th Legislative session, where she covered the House Committees on Public Education, Higher Education, and Agriculture and Livestock.


Robert Bradford, Risk and Finance Manager

Regulatory Compliance Consultant for Community Bank of Texas, Redstone Business Consultant, Housing Community and Economic Development for 6 years developing reliable cash flow projection process and management, directed full scale accounting activities; JPMorgan Chase/SVP Loans Operations Financial Controller and other positions 14 years.  Houston Downtown Management District.


Zack Martin, Construction/Development Manager

CCPPI Interns:


  • Dejah J. Washington, University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work
  • Kate Ranachan, University of Houston, Hobby School of Public Affairs 
  • Grant Edmonstone, University of Houston, Hobby School CHIP Program 


  • Aaron Rollins, University of Houston, Hobby School CHIP Program
  • Kathryn Schaffer, University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work
  • Caleb Venerable, University of Houston, Hobby School CHIP Program
  • Maya Ali, University of Houston, Hobby School CHIP Program
  • Claude Johnson, University of Houston, Hobby School CHIP Program
  • LaNecia Salsman, Prairie View A&M, Department of Social Work


CCPPI was founded by The Honorable Garnet F. Coleman, State Representative HD147

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Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement
5445 Almeda Rd, Ste 504, Houston, TX 77004
(346) 204-4542

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