Celesté grew up in rural south Texas, the daughter of an electrician and police officer. Celesté has been at her current role as Housing Justice Director for 2 years. Before joining Texas Organizing Project, Celesté spent the previous 10 years working across the country with National Nurses United and SEIU 1021 Oakland/San Francisco. She was part of winning 8 union certification elections in Florida, Texas, Missouri, Illinois and West Virginia, as well as negotiating collective bargaining agreements with adjunct professors in Oakland/San Francisco that lead the country in contract standards. Celesté returned to Houston in 2016 to be near her family. She lives in Near Northside with her husband Jasen, son Malcolm and 3 rescue dogs.
Since landing at Texas Organizing Project, she has led a team of 2-7 organizers to ensure that directly impacted Harvey survivors have meaningful influence on the hurricane recovery process in Houston and Harris County. This campaign has evolved into a long-term demand for safe and affordable housing for Black and Latino communities. Texas Organizing Project organizes with low-income Black and Latino communities in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. They are a membership organization who organize around issues that threaten their members’ lives: criminal justice reform, immigration reform, affordable housing, public education reform, affordable healthcare and voting rights. During election season, they run one of the largest non-partisan voter turnout operations in the state.