The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Bakeyah Nelson and Angelica Razo have joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We are honored to have Dr. Nelson and Ms. Razo join us on the Board. Bakeyah and Angelica are leaders in advancing climate justice in Texas and will bring experience and perspectives that are crucial to fulfilling the Foundation’s mission” said Jeffrey Hershey, the Foundation’s President.
Dr. Nelson is the Initiative Director at Bloomberg Philanthropies, where she leads efforts to accelerate a just transition to clean energy. Bakeyah previously served as Global Initiatives Director for Climate Imperative, as Executive Director of Air Alliance Houston, and in Harris County Public Health’s Office of Policy and Planning, where she led health equity initiatives. Bakeyah serves on the Participatory Working Group for the Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice and the Advisory Committee for the Environmental Integrity Project’s Center for Applied Environmental Science. She was a founding member of the New Giving Collective, a giving circle that supports and responds to the needs of the Black community. Bakeyah earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Bakeyah was named 2020 Clean Air Champion of the Year by the Texas Energy Summit.
Ms. Razo is the Texas State Director for Mi Familia Vota, where she oversees efforts to increase political representation and power for the Latinx community through electoral, advocacy and community organizing strategies. Angelica serves on the steering committees for Houston in Action and the Race Equity Leadership and Research Collective; co-chairs the Government Affairs committee for the Coalition for Environment, Equity and Resilience; and serves on the Houston 2036 Environment Task Force. Angelica obtained her B.A. from Rice University, where she remains connected as a Board member for the Society of Latino Alumni, and is a graduate of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Leaders Institute. In 2021, Angelica was featured in the inaugural edition of the Houston Chronicle’s “¡Extraordinarios! 10 Houston Latinos who are making a difference.”
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Bakeyah and Angelica to support those working boldly toward a healthy environment, reproductive justice and the nurture of nature” said Elizabeth Love, the Foundation’s CEO. “The Foundation’s focus areas are particularly relevant today, and our Board is well-positioned to bring our resources to bear in addressing them.”