2022 Board of Directors
Steve Stelzer, President
As Program Director of the City of Houston Green Building Resource Center since 2008, Steve offers green building strategies to plans brought in by the public, is a public speaker, develops and maintains green strategy displays and education programs, and maintains codegreenhouston.org, the green building portal of the City of Houston. Steve was a career architect in Houston prior to joining the City, with a BS in Architecture from the Ohio State University in 1976, and an MBA from the University of Houston in 1989. He is an advocate for backyard composting and moving the needle on zero waste and curbing pollution.
Jessica Wilt Navas, Vice President
Jessica Wilt is the Executive Director of the Central City Co-Op, Houston’s organic food Co-Op. She is passionate about bringing people together, building community to make meaningful change, and sustainability. The first of its kind in the city, the Co-Op now acts as a micro-business incubator and hub and provides a space where members and non-members can shop daily to support local organic farmers, growers, and makers. In addition to her work with the Co-Op, Jessica is Vice President of the Sunset Heights Civic Association, serves on the Houston Symphony’s Wine Auction and Collector’s Dinner committee (which raises money for the symphony’s outreach programs and provides music education to over 200,000 students), volunteers with animal rescue organizations, and advocates for saving historic trees. She has worked abroad as a journalist for a major D.C. newspaper, is fluent in Spanish, and loves to travel. Jessica holds a Master of Science in Community and Economic Development from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Wittenberg University. She and her husband Erick live in the Heights with the pets that adopted them, Kiko, a Shiba Inu, Luna, the cat with the magnificent tail, and other rescues.
Maurilio Sanchez, Past President
Maurilio “Mo” Flores Sanchez is an Assistant Controller with Apex CAES, LLC, a Texas-based company created to develop, construct, own and operate compressed air energy storage (CAES) plants. As an outdoors enthusiast and CPA, Mo is very passionate about using his professional skills while serving with the CEC to further environmental efforts in the Houston & Gulf Coast region. Mo lives in East Downtown Houston, volunteers with CEC Houston, Houston Electric Auto Association, Texas Campaign for the Environment, and the Ronald McDonald House Houston, and commutes via an electric motorcycle (weather permitting) or Plug-In Hybrid EV MiniVan. After marrying another animal lover, Mo’s family includes four rescues – Remy, an Australian Cattle Dog mix, Luna, a Lab mix, JeeBee, another Australian Cattle Dog mix, Buffalo, a Boxer / Pit mix, – and now they have a fur-less one year old human nugget of joy.
Juan Martinez, Secretary
Juan Martinez is the Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Houston-Downtown in the Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability. He is passionate about furthering education on sustainability within the greater Houston area. His main focus is exposing students to opportunities throughout Houston that relate to sustainability. As an extrovert, he loves meeting new people and working with others. Juan lives with his two Doberman Pinschers, Nahla and Athena in North Houston. He enjoys being outdoors and staying active. Juan holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s of Science from Texas State University in Sustainability Studies.
Jesus Davila, Treasurer
J. Davila is the Founder of Landing Advisors, LLC. He has extensive policy, evaluation, and management experience across the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He’s Passionate about using his training in public policy and data analytics to deliver thoughtful and vetted solutions to improve public welfare. Prior to Landing Advisors he was an engagement manager at a consulting firm, an analyst within the Economic Development division of the Houston Mayor’s office, worked with Harvard’s Strategic Data Project and served as a Houston TFA corps member. He holds an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was awarded a public service fellowship. He currently is a part-time law student at U of H.
Chrystal Beasley is an environmental engineer who operates BeAspire Enviro Consulting, LLC in Houston, Texas. She has worked within environmental compliance and sustainability for over 13 years within oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, government, and agriculture. She holds a BS in environmental engineering from Louisiana State University and a MS in Engineering Management from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her current outreach includes educating citizens to modify their behaviors to include environmental stewardship through social media (@beastheenvironmentalist), and assisting underserved farmers to align with agricultural resource planning.
James Cargas has dedicated his life and professional legal career to implementing smart, sustainable, affordable, and renewable energy. Prior to founding his green law firm, James was a public servant at the City of Houston’s City Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Energy, Clinton-Gore White House, U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and U.S. Congress. When James ran for Congress in 2012, 2014, and 2016 in Houston’s Energy Corridor, he earned the Chronicle’s endorsement each time. His career also includes experience in the private sector at a large DC law firm, a major interstate pipeline company, and the North American Energy Standards Board. James is a graduate of the University of Michigan and The American University’s Washington College of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Texas, Washington DC, Michigan, West Virginia, and the United States Supreme Court.
Laura serves as a Demand Gen Manager at SMA Technologies, a workload automation solution company for business operations. She is responsible for pipeline growth through various marketing strategies and tactics, including digital and traditional channels. During the times she’s not generating demand, she is looking for ways to spend outdoors hiking, exploring, and staying connected to nature. She’s very excited to bring together her marketing skills and love of the environment into CEC Houston to help grow the cause of the organization in the city she was born and raised.
Nicole is a dedicated communications professional working in the science and conservation fields. A lifelong learner, Nicole holds degrees in Journalism (Texas A&M University) and Biology (University of Houston – Clear Lake). In addition to her role with CEC, Nicole volunteers with United Against Human Trafficking, the Wildlife Center of Texas and Armand Bayou Nature Center where she is a lead guide for their night hike programs. She enjoys traveling, hiking, and backpacking and is eager to help amplify the amazing work of CEC and its member organizations with the Houston region.