Our Mission

CCPPI is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing policies that promote human, civic, social and economic justice and to taking the necessary action to affect progress in all areas of civic improvement throughout the culturally diverse communities in the Southern United States.

Our Focus Areas

Economic Development
Labor Rights
Criminal Justice
Tax Policy
Immigrant Issues

The Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement (CCPPI) was formed exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and Texas Tax Code Section 11.18(c).  In all of its programs, CCPPI seeks to…


Inform citizens about civic rights and responsibilities and inspire them to get engaged in their local communities.


Connect people from different communities and disciplines to create new approaches to solving our biggest challenges.


Empower individuals who are leading change around the world, and help develop new ways to enable all citizens to take action.


Translate new ideas into concrete actions that will have a measurable impact, enlisting partners across all sectors to scale what works.

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Our Leadership & Board

CCPPI was founded in 2012 by Texas Representative Garnet Coleman and is governed by a volunteer board of directors, chaired by Omar Reid.

Board Members

  • Omar Reid
  • Randall Ellis
  • Sylvia Brooks
  • Anthony Haley
  • Joseph Madden

Key Staff

  • Angie Gomez
  • Annette Bracey

Policy Interns

Board Chairman

Omar Reid is the Senior Vice President of the Human Resources Department at Harris Health System, also known as Harris County Hospital District. He has an extensive background that includes 6 years as the HR Director at the City of Houston and 25 plus years with United Parcel Service (UPS) in various capacities.

Mr. Reid is an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University and a Fellow at the University of Houston-Downtown. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Houston – Downtown and his MBA from Texas Southern University.

Vice Chairman

Randall Ellis is the former Senior Director of Government Relations for Legacy Community Health Services in Houston, Texas where he oversaw the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels.

A native Houstonian, Randall Ellis attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Romance Languages. Randall is currently working on his thesis to complete a Masters in Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public where his focus is on health policy.

Board Secretary/Treasurer

Ms. Brooks served as the first female President and CEO of the Houston Area Urban League from 1990 – 2007. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Third Ward Redevelopment Council, OST/Almeda Tax Increment Financing District, The Fund Development Committee of the United Way, and the Board of Trustees of Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Church.

Ms. Brooks is a 1959 graduate of Jack Yates High School; she received her BA degree in Psychology from Texas Southern University and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She completed the Human Service Executive Management Program at Harvard University and Post-Masters study at Brandeis University.

Board Director

Anthony Haley is an attorney who provides strategic advice and public policy research to businesses, state and local governments. Haley possesses seventeen years of experience working in leading roles in and around the Texas Legislature.

Anthony graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1993 and was admitted to the Texas Bar. He earned his B.A. from Brown University in 1985 with a major in Spanish and a minor in Linguistics. Haley graduated from Strake-Jesuit College Preparatory School in Houston.

Board Director

Joseph Madden is the director of Public Policy for Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis.  In this capacity, Joe oversees a team of analysts to help research and inform policy decisions made on the precinct and county level. Joe has built a career centered on public service and advocacy, especially in the areas of healthcare, insurance, civil justice and consumer affairs.