Sean A. Haley

Executive Director at Center for Civic & Public Policy Improvement

Sean A. Haley, Ph.D., has always focused on people and community empowerment, while working to create equitable and sustainable programs, systems, and structures that improve conditions for all citizens, but especially those who have been historically marginalized or underserved. His work as a leader, strategist, thought partner, facilitator, developer, and executive coach, has led to positive outcomes in communities of various demographics nationwide. Sean’s career in leadership began with his work in higher education at Huston-Tillotson University. Here he served in multiple roles in the Office of Student Affairs that allowed for deep work with a significant population of first-generation college students and under resourced community members. Following a prolific career in educational leadership roles at PK-12 and postsecondary levels, he worked to improve educational outcomes in targeted Texas regions and statewide while in the role of Coordinator for the Texas High School Project at the Region XIII Education Service Center. Building off his reputable experience, he established a consulting firm. As a consultant, Sean worked with hundreds of leaders, community members, stakeholders, and educators to align and improve practices. His areas of expertise include non-profit leadership, change management, program design, strategic planning, partnership development, community engagement, talent development, and systems-level transformation. Sean has served as a consultant to nationally recognized organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International Center for Leadership in Education, Institute for Public School Initiatives, and National CARES Mentoring Movement. In 2020 Sean became the Executive Director at the Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement (CCPPI), a nonprofit think and do tank that is dedicated to civic improvement, and advancing policies that promote human, civic, social, and economic justice. The primary foci of CCPPI are Affordable Housing, Healthcare, Safety/Criminal Justice, and Education.

Currently, he engages in several servant-leadership roles, including Board Chair, Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Houston Galveston; Board Member, Patient Care Intervention Center; Steering Committee/Co-Chair Community Voice, Health Equity Collective; Statewide Steering Committee on Aligning Systems for Health Equity in Texas, Texas Health Institute; Community Engagement Advisory Board, Change Happens; and Community Advisory Board, University of Houston HEALTH NIMHD-RCMI. Sean grew up in Houston, TX, is a lifelong member of St. James’ Episcopal Church, and is a graduate of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, Morehouse College, and the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.