Elijah J. Williams, Executive Director
Mr. Williams brings to the District deep experiences in advocating for issues at the local, state, and federal levels of government, while working to solve critical challenges impacting government, business, and community. Previously, he served as the Legislative Liaison for NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In those roles, he worked closely Congressional, state, and local elected officials to advance NASA’s mission and goals. Prior to, he was responsible for negotiation of multi-billion dollar federal contracts and agreements at NASA JSC. Most recently, Williams served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. After leaving federal service, he ran his own consulting firm providing advisory services in the areas of strategy, government relations, and business development. He also served as a City of Houston Appointee on the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Rail District, as a member of the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s High Capacity Transit Task Force – Service Concept Working Group, and as a member of the Legislative Policy Council for the Transportation Advocacy Group – Houston Region. Williams also worked Texas’ 86th Legislative Session as a Committee Director in the Texas House of Representatives.
Robert Rayburn, ASLA, LEED AP , Landscape Architect
Robert is a registered landscape architect with over 40 years experience in sustainable development and resource preservation. He is a native Houstonian who started his career with local landscape architecture design firms before planning and constructing state parks with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Robert is accomplished in planning, design and construction of projects ranging in scale from neighborhood parks to master planned communities. His involvement in all phases of construction and contract administration keeps the District current with TxDOT, METRO, Harris County and the City of Houston Public Works parks and trails projects. Robert recently managed the partnership with the National Park Service developing the West Houston Trails Master Plan that would provide alternative transportation connectivity and outdoor recreation opportunities. Robert is also an ISA certified arborist, a LEED Accredited Professional and the President of the Bayou Preservation Association.
Fabiana Demarie Boero, Urban Planner
As The District’s Urban Planner, Fabiana brings a unique perspective on urban issues. Brought up in Turin, Italy, she was raised in a city where people are not dependent upon cars. Fabiana helps implement a wide variety of initiatives stemming from The District’s master plan – including advocating for master plan concepts with government officials; overseeing traffic analysis and redesigned street grids; creating plans for infrastructure improvements such as trail connections, bicycling access, pedestrian bridges and safer intersections; assisting on grants and letters of support; and facilitating public engagement. A former intern for The District, Fabiana Demarie earned her Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University (TAMU) by focusing on low impact development practices in The Energy Corridor, and was awarded a 2015 Sustainable Urbanism Certificate from TAMU’s Center of Housing & Urban Development. Fabiana received her Bachelor of Territorial, Urban, Environmental and Landscape Planning degree from Polytechnic University of Turin.
Rachael Weaver, Community Relations Coordinator
Rachael Weaver joined the Energy Corridor District as Community Outreach & Administrative Coordinator. Rachael works with District members on special events and promotions including Member Deals, our annual recycling event, Bike To Work, community appreciation events and the 75 Eldridge Crosstown. Prior to joining the Energy Corridor District, Rachael worked with 2Plus of Texas, where she coordinated marketing efforts to promote the METRO STAR vanpool program. If you would like to discuss cross-promotional opportunities with The Energy Corridor District: