CEC Welcomes Carlotta Robson as a Policy Intern

Carlotta is currently a student at the University of Manchester studying geography in the UK. She is undertaking a placement year in Houston with CEC due to her interests in the environment and sustainability, and is excited to learn more about Houston’s geography.

In her spare time, Carlotta enjoys the outdoors, reading and swimming, and can’t wait to explore Houston, especially its thrift stores!

Carlotta hopes to put her love for geography into practice and into a career in the non-profit sector, which is starting with CEC.

CEC welcomes Jaretd Meraz as an archive intern

Jaretd Meraz is Houston born and raised and is a freshman in the University of Houston. He is currently majoring in Teaching and Learning and hopes to become a high school math teacher one day. Along the way, he plans to help teach others about the earth’s environment and learn more about it himself.

Jaretd has always thought mathematics can be for everyone; they just needed that push to solve the problems. There is a certain beauty to having that “a-ha!” moment when you finally understand the subject after making countless tries. Just like working out helps exercise your muscles, mathematics helps exercise your brain and problem solving. Jaretd not always “math math math”: in his free time he likes to watch movies, talk to family and friends, or play video games.

Jardt is working to digitize 50 years of CEC newsletters and other history, and organize donations to CEC’s archives in the University of Houston Library’s Special Collections. Jaretd can be reached at jaretd.meraz@cechouston.org.

CEC Welcomes Paige Powell as Deputy Director

We are pleased to welcome Paige Powell as the new Deputy Director of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition. Paige has been an active part of Houston’s green community for over fifteen years, and brings nearly a decade of nonprofit administrative experience to her role at CEC. In the coming months, she will help to coordinate our environmental education initiatives, green films programs, and other signature events.

Paige spent the last eight years at Air Alliance Houston, where she was an integral collaborator on a number of different projects, programs, and campaigns. She is a two-time alumnus of the University of Houston (Master of Public Policy, B.A. Economics), Certified Public Manager, Climate Reality Leader, and has spent many years as an informal educator for both children and adults.

Paige is a loving mother, Assistant Scoutmaster, and member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston. Her hobbies include gardening, yoga, making music, and spending time in the great outdoors. She looks forward to continuing the work of building a sustainable Houston with CEC, its member organizations, and community partners.

Paige can be reached at paige.powell@cechouston.org.