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Jay Aldis is a Partner in the Houston office of the Gray Reed law firm.
He received a Bachelor of Journalism Degree with High Honors from the University of Texas in 1989 and
was named the University's Outstanding Journalism Student. He obtained his Law Degree from the
University of Texas School of Law in 1992.
Jay has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1998. He has tried dozens of jury trials
and arbitrations and has litigated hundreds of cases. His honors and memberships include the following:
• BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA, Houston Lawyer of the Year, Litigation — Labor and
• BEST LAWYERS AMERICA, Employment Law — Management, 2009-2021; Labor
Law — Management, 2009-2021 ; Litigation — Labor and Employment, 2021
• CHAMBERS USA, Chambers & Partners, Texas Labor & Employment, 2015-2021
• TEXAS MONTHLY, Texas Super Lawyer, 2005-2021
• LAWDRAGON, 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Attorneys, 2021 (named one
of the top 175 Corporate Labor & Employment Litigators in America)
• AV Preeminent Rating, 2003-2021
• Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
• Member, Texas Prosecutors Society
Jay has written or presented more than 90 papers on labor, employment and civil rights law and has served
as an Instructor on Section 1983 issues at the Harris County Sheriffs Department Academy.
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Commissioner Sharon Yu-Hao Chu is a local Houston attorney, She practiced as a State
prosecutor in Harris County prior to opening her own firm.
Commissioner Chu has a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Texas at
Austin, and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary's University School of Law,
She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese,
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Dr. Linda Bell Robinson graduated from Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Sam Houston State University. She received her Master and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Texas Southern University. She attended Texas A & M, Texas Woman’s University and Sam Houston State University through the Leadership Command College and is a former President of the Alumni Association. She has worked as a police officer for 36-years and retired as a Lieutenant investigator with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Asset Forfeiture Division.
Dr. Robinson is a certified police instructor and has conducted seminars on Identity Theft, Tracking Seized Money, Communication Strategies, and Suggestions for Law Enforcement Leaders. She is a former instructor for the Office of Law Enforcement Training and Special Programs with the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute, and is currently a facilitator with the University of Phoenix Criminal Justice College. She has also joined the world of direct sales entrepreneurship.
Dr. Robinson, through-out her professional career, has been appointed to several local and state commissions. In addition, Dr. Robinson is a member of various Law Enforcement and Civic Associations. She is a Leadership Houston graduate and was selected as a “Savvy Sister” by the Houston Woman Magazine. She received the Outstanding Texan award from the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, and she is presently serving as a coordinating committee lead for the Texas Poor People’s Campaign, Houston and Harris County. Dr. Robinson is an active member of the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Robinson is a native Houstonian and life time member of St. Paul AME Church where she and her husband attends. Dr. Robinson and husband have a blended family of three sons, one daughter, son-n-law, daughter-n-law, and seven grandchildren.
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Melanie Wilcox Miles is a board-certified family law attorney who has served the citizens
of Harris County for over 25 years. She is a native of Houston, Texas and grew up in the third
ward and braeswood areas. After graduating from Bellaire high school, she went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a law degree from South Texas College of Law Houston.
Melanie is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Houston Bar Association, the Texas
Family Law Section and has supported various Texas State Bar activities during her career,
including becoming board certified in 2011. For most of her career, Melanie has been a fierce advocate and respected trial attorney with a practice focused on complex family law litigation, including custody and divorces. The past several years, Melanie has dedicated her law practice to working with domestic violence victims and assisting underserved communities navigate the legal system.
Melanie is also a passionate activist and serves in several leadership roles in the community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Houston Texans YWCA and President of the Black Women of Greater Houston Political Action Committee (BWGH-PAC). Melanie chairs the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Civil Service Commission, is the
Secretary of the MacGregor Area Blue Triangle Garden Club, is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum, a member of the Port City Links, Inc., and a member of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Melanie also enjoys her role as an entrepreneur and real estate developer and has over 30 years of experience developing and renovating residential property.
Melanie is the mother of two children.
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Michael Harris' service, dedication and commitment to the City of Houston, its
constituents and the people at-large began in 1986 as a Houston Police Officer. Since
that time, commitment and community involvement has been evidenced in every area of
his work, profession and career. Harris is known throughout the City and State in
business, legislative, political and community arenas, This lends well to his ability to
network, connect and organize people collectively to work toward targeted causes. While
on the police force, Harris received the honor and distinction as '"Officer-of-the-Year"
and was also recognized with law enforcement's 'Outstanding Texan Award."
Harris brings over 25 years' business management, community relations, government
affairs, public finance, public policy and public service to his law practice at The Harris
Law Firm. A 1996 graduate of the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School
of Law, Harris earned his degree while working as a Sergeant with the Houston Police
After graduation from law school, he became an associate with Barnes & Turner Law
Firm and served as a government affairs consultant with Locke, Liddell & Sapp, LLP;
and of Counsel to McCall Parkhurst & Horton.
In 2003 Harris founded The Harris Law Firm; he represents and counsel clients in all
areas of Texas law. This work includes tending to the day-to-day functions of advising,
defending and strategically planning individual caseloads for individuals, businesses and
governmental entities. Both corporate and business law complements Harris' legal
practice where he engages in various civil litigations in State and Federal Courts.
Primarily representative of clients in lawsuits involving catastrophic injuries as a result or
individual, manufacture, and health cure provider's negligence.
Civic and educational causes are equally important to Harris, where he is involved with
organizations such as the National Head Start Program, Texas Children's Hospital, Gulf
Coast Community Service Association, My Brother's Keeper Outreach Center, Star of
Hope Mission, The Houston Food Bank, Houston Housing Authority, The 100 Club,
Texas Association of Business, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and the Greater Houston
Michael and his wife Tammy are active members of Hope City Church and are the proud
parents of two children, Hannah and Sydnie.
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Nef Partida is a public policy advisor in the Houston office of Locke Lord LLP. Recently ranked No. 6 on Capitol Inside's Consultants Who Lobby list, he has provided strategic counsel and tactical guidance in the Public Affairs sector to corporations, NGOs, PACS, and numerous federal, state and city elected officials. Nef has used his skills to help clients shape public policy debates on key issues such as disruptive digital technologies, energy, health care, and finance. His experience includes: public affairs, stakeholder engagement, coalition and grassroots lobbying, and teaching political campaigns. Nef has served on the strategy team for a number of congressional, state and city campaigns and referendums, which has allowed him to build an extensive network of contacts in political circles. Prior to joining the Firm, he was the head of Partida & Associates, a Houston-based public relations management firm.
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Susie Rodriguez-Molina, currently serves as the Director Of Community Relations in
the office of Governmental Relations at the University of Houston. Her professional journey
of executing community relations effort began while working at the Children's Museum of
Houston as a public relations coordinator where she developed her skills for reaching
diverse communities with smart and savvy publicity efforts. Susie then went on to work at
the nation's largest independently owned Hispanic marketing agency, Lopez Negrete
Communications. It was there she conducted cutting-edge community relation campaigns
in the general and Hispanic markets across the U.S. for some Of the largest corporations in
the country, such as, Bank of America, Shell Oil, Tyson Foods and Wal-Mart.
As a native Houstonian, Susie wanted to bring back her skills to the local level and
began working in the public affairs department at KHOU.TV Channel 11. While at Channel
11, Susie managed some of the largest community outreach efforts throughout the city
including station sponsored toy, food and blood drives, local parades and various
community driven outreach efforts. It was there Susie sharpened her skills working with
large scale events, corporate partnerships and civic organizations. Her passion for higher
education brought Susie to work in the Community Outreach division at Houston
Community College. In this role she established key partnerships and communication With
various non-profit groups, community leaders, political officials and K-12 school districts
throughout the city.
As Director of Community Relations for UH, Susie works to collectively Create and
maintain partnerships with various Community organizations, civic and non-profit
organizations as well as local government, She also oversees some of the institution's
largest community outreach events including the March of Dimes Walk and the Mayor's
Back to School Festival and coordinates a number of large scale volunteer efforts for the
A hometown girl, Susie was reared in the city's Acres Home community by
immigrant parents who instilled in her the importance of education. She attended school in
Aldine ISD and is a proud Cougar Alum, obtaining her Bachelor Of Arts in Communications
from the University of Houston. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Higher Education
Administration from Sam Houston State University.
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