MEET DR. CARLA D. BRAILEY
Delivering results for the great state of Texas
An outstanding visionary and innovator, Dr. Carla Brailey has played a pivotal role in establishing the framework and foundation for long-term success in educational institutions, non-profit organizations and government agencies. While she serves as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas Southern University, throughout her career, she has been repeatedly sought out as a consultant and subject matter expert for Mayor Sylvester Turner Transition Team, Project Rowhouses, the Imani School, Harmony Science Academy, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University, Fredericka Phillips for 61st Precinct Judge Campaign, Sankofa Research Institute, Texan Dental, and many more in the areas of social justice, diversity and inclusion, Black women and empowerment, strategic management, organizational development, staff training, curriculum planning and program creation.
Early in her professional career, Dr. Brailey was tapped by Adrian M. Fenty mayoral administration in Washington, DC to serve in several leadership roles. She was at the forefront of the planning, development and execution of a newly formed office, the Office of Community Affairs, where she held direct oversight for nine community relations and constituent services offices and closely managed a $3-million budget. Under her leadership, the offices experienced significant improvement in overall organizational effectiveness, internal efficiencies and service delivery. During this time frame, she was also selected to serve as the mayor’s liaison for the 2010 Census, a highly critical campaign geared at increasing resident questionnaire participation to preserve federal funding for vital services in the DC community.
In a concurrent role as the Senior Religious Affairs Advisor, Dr. Brailey kept the Mayor abreast of key faith-based initiatives and pressing issues on a local, federal and national level. In addition, she frequently represented the Mayor’s interest at highprofile events. Previously, she was appointed as the Director for the Office of Boards and Commissions and successfully drove an intense, fast-paced applicant screening campaign for more than 150 vacant regulatory and legislative positions.
As one of the first Assistant Principals for Harmony Science Academy, Carla quickly transformed an educational institution that was facing eminent closure due to cultural differences, regulatory and procedural issues. Within six months, she spearheaded “first-of-its-kind” educational programs, initiated teacher training workshops, and forged collaborative projects that helped reposition the school for better funding, more quality teachers and increased student enrollment. At the Children Bettering America School of Arts (CBA), Carla served as the Executive Director and was very instrumental in conceptualizing and implementing an after-school program that reached full capacity within two months of the enrollment period before the start of the program.
A solid believer in higher education, Dr. Brailey has contributed to educational growth and professional development of hundreds through her roles as a professor, guest lecturer and servant leader for Howard University, South Texas School of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, New Leaders Council, Leadership Houston and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her scholarship on social inequality, social justice and women empowerment is certainly apparent in her community engagement and will be most prevalent in her upcoming co-edited book on Women and Inequality in the 21st Century. Dr. Brailey is most excited to be a newly grant recipient of a faculty initiative, which will afford her the resources to conduct an exploratory study on the life and legacy of the late Honorable Barbara Jordan in context with advancing efforts towards social justice in the 21st Century.
An engaging and vibrant speaker, Carla has been invited as a guest commentator, facilitator and moderator by Magic 102 FM KMJQ Sunday Morning Show with Marcus Davis, Fox 26, Andrew Rankin Chapel at Howard University, Greater Houston Black Chamber, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, Leadership Houston, and several academic conferences in sociology and local churches to lead open discussion and deliver presentations on a wide variety of topics including social inequality, cultural diversity, political leadership, women and empowerment, and community engagement. Most recently, Dr. Brailey served as a Co-Host of the Saturday morning show, Impact Houston Live on KTSU 90.9 FM radio, where she co-produced, coordinated and facilitated impactful dialogue on issues related to community and public affairs. She is currently producing Maroon & Gray, an inaugural show dedicated to highlighting TSU’s Campus.
Her commitment to ongoing learning and professional development is reflected in Dr. Brailey’s well-rounded education and academic training. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Texas State University and several degrees from Howard University—a master’s degree in counseling psychology, a certificate in Women’s Studies, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in sociology. In all that I do, nothing brings her more joy than being a mother to Marley J.