Board Members

Board Vice President

Denae W. King is the interim Associate Director of the Mickey Leland Center for Environment, Justice and Sustainability in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Prior to this position, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Health Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and an adjunct Assistant Professor with the Dorothy I. Height, Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. King developed an interest in community-based participatory research (CBPR) as it relates to environmental health and cancer while completing a Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities postdoctoral fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She continues to work on environmental health assessment projects designed to address community-identified environmental health concerns in Houston’s underserved environmental justice communities. Dr. King’s additional interests include the role of neighborhood effects in the onset of disease in underserved populations. She has published her findings in various journals, including, the American Journal of Public Health, Cancer, Health and Place, and the Journal of Cancer Education. Dr. King received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Texas Southern University, as well as, a M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in environmental science/toxicology from the University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston, School of Public Health.


Brian Butler is the Director at Air Alliance on Environmental justice and raising awareness.Mr.Butler has his Masters in Social Work and is an Activist in the making.

Iris Williams is a native of Fith Ward and a Houstonian. She is a graduate of Phillis Wheatley High School and Houston Community College holding an Associates of Arts degree. Iris is currently an active member of the 5th Ward Super Neighborhood Council # 55 and 5th Ward Civic Club. As a Board Member of the Coalition of Community Organizaton she a(ends the monthly Community Partners Civic Exchange Breakfast, and the Monthly Interagency Networking Events hosted by the United Way of Texas. Iris Williams is a Cancer Survivor/Thriver and single parent of a Son with Special Needs.