We were pleased to hear the news last week that Air Alliance Houston named Adrian D. Shelley, III as its new executive director. Adrian succeeds Dr. Matt Tejada, who left this year for a new post as director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice.
Adrian is a native Houstonian and recently served as the community outreach coordinator for Air Alliance. He first worked with the organization in 2008, when he was serving with the University of Texas Environmental Law Clinic. At the clinic, he conducted research for a Clean Air Act citizen suit against a local chemical plant that resulted in a multimillion-dollar settlement. In 2010, he completed a fellowship with Air Alliance Houston in which he conducted research on flexible air permits at several Texas refineries.
“In our search for an executive director, it became readily apparent that in Adrian we had a very knowledgeable and capable individual already on staff who could step up and serve the organization well as its new executive director,” said Bob Levy, Air Alliance Board President. “Adrian’s demonstrated passion for and commitment to the work of Air Alliance made him the board’s unanimous choice.”
I first met Adrian when he was in law school at University of Texas and was working on cases involving emission violations at facilities operating in Houston. Adrian’s commitment to protecting public health is steadfast, and he will be a valuable asset in helping to bring cleaner air to Houston. He is a two-time recipient of the Texas Legal Fellowship, a recipient of the Joe R. and Teresa L. Long Legal Fellowship, and a recipient of the University Co-op Public Interest Award for Graduating Students. He also served as the environmental director and counsel for State Representative Jessica Farrar during the 82nd session of the Texas Legislature.
Additionally, during and after law school, Adrian interned for the Save Our Springs Alliance, the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U. S. Department of Justice, and Air Alliance Houston, while earning his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law in 2010.
We look forward to working with Adrian and Air Alliance Houston in the pursuit of clean air for Texas.