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Our mission

The Houston Fund for Social Justice and Economic Equity enacts transformational change by investing resources into organizations and initiatives that empower and uplift communities of color.


Our Vision

As a premier hands and head resource portal, The Houston Fund for Social Justice and Economic Equity envisions empowered communities of color with equitable access to tangible, pragmatic resources (hands) as well as innovative knowledge and information (head) that propels their thriving success.

our pillars

The Fund is committed to taking actions that encourage equitable systems change, while operating with transparency and fidelity. Accordingly, the Fund is committed to implementing a framework for reporting and evaluation that reflects the shared goal of the Fund and its supporters—meaningful and lasting change for marginalized communities of color. A key aspect to being transformative is to embrace a rigorous process to select and fund organizations aligned to four core focus areas: Social and Racial Justice, Youth Empowerment and Education, Community Building and Economic Development.


Social Services, Criminal Justice, Healthcare, and more

Support future talent, startups and business owners


Education, literacy, innovation, mentorship, advancement, scholarship and career opportunities

Secure access to vital resources revitalize community spaces, celebrate Black history and culture


Our Struggle

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Board of Directors & Leadership

A unified group of Houston leaders dedicated to accelerate transformative change by supporting under-resourced Houston nonprofits that empower and uplift communities of color.

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Honorary Chair | Mayor of Houston

Thomas Jones

President | Partner, McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy, LLP

Barron Wallace

Vice President | Partner, Bracewell

Stephanie Nellons-Paige

Secretary | CEO, Nellons Paige Group, Inc.

Winell Herron

Treasurer | Group VP of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs, H-E-B

Gerald Alley

Board Member | President / CEO, Con-Real, LP

Gaurdie Banister, Jr.

Board Member | CEO, Different Points of View

Paul Cannings

Board Member | Managing Partner, Paul Alexander Company

Shauna Clark

Board Member | Global and US Chair; US Head of Employment and Labor, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Vanessa Gilmore

Board Member | United States District Judge

Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

Board Member | CEO, National Math & Science Initiative

Kimberly Slaughter

Board Member | CEO, SYSTRA USA

Valerie Marshall Williams

Independent Board and Audit Committee Member

Dr. Gena L. Jerkins

Executive Director


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