Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

TDHCA Governing Board

Overview of the Governing Board

The policy-making body of the agency is a seven-member board, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Texas Senate. The members hold office for staggered terms, with the terms of two or three members expiring on January 31 of each odd-numbered year. Members must be registered voters and may not hold another public office. These are non-salaried positions and the Governor designates the chair.

TDHCA board meeting information is available on TDHCA’s Board Meeting Center page at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/board/meetings.htm

Members of the TDHCA Board

Mr. J.B. Goodwin, Chair
Appointed October 31, 2014
Re-appointed May 3, 2017
Ms. Asusena Reséndiz
Appointed May 3, 2017
Ms. Leslie Bingham Escareño, Vice-Chair
Appointed January 23, 2008
Re-appointed March 18, 2013
Ms. Sharon Thomason
Appointed May 3, 2017
Mr. Paul A. Braden
Appointed May 3, 2017
Mr. Leo Vasquez
Appointed May 3, 2017

Biographical Information

Photo of JB GoodwinJ.B. Goodwin is CEO of JB Goodwin Realtors. He is a member of the National, Texas and Austin associations of Realtors, a certified relocation professional through the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, and past president of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. He is also past co-chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council and a past board member of the Austin Symphony. JB received a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin.


Photo of Ms. EscarenoLeslie Bingham Escareño of Brownsville is CEO of Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville. Mrs. Bingham is a board member of Brownsville Montessori Academy, and serves as co-chairperson of the South Texas Healthcare Sector Partnership. She is a past board member and treasurer of Easter Seals of the Rio Grande Valley, and has served as board member of the Children’s Museum of Brownsville. Additionally, Bingham Escareño was a member of the Texas Hospital Association’s Council on Policy Development. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi and a master of business administration degree from the University of Texas-Pan American.


Photo of Mr. BradenPaul A. Braden of Dallas is a partner and head of public finance for the United States at Norton Rose Fulbright. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He is a former gubernatorial appointee and chairman for the State Pension Review Board. Additionally, he is a volunteer at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, past board member of El Paso United Way and Prevent Blindness Texas – El Paso Chapter and a former grant panel volunteer for Dallas United Way. Braden received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dallas and a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law.


Photo of Ms. ResendizAsusena Reséndiz of Dallas/Fort Worth serves at the forefront of economic development incentives, workforce expansion, fundraising, and public policy developments that impact all aspects of business. As an influential business leader and respected legislative advocate, Asusena earned the distinguished 2017 Maverick PAC “Future 40” national industry leadership award. She pioneered and advanced a number of educational workforce and economic development programs – successfully launching 15 Hispanic-owned small businesses and assisting over 30 Hispanic-owned businesses obtain their local/regional minority–owned business certifications. In 2014, Asusena was named the University of Notre Dame/U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Master of Nonprofit/Business Administration Fellow – the first Latina recipient of this prestigious award. She currently serves on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition Texas Advisory Council.


Photo of Ms. ThomasonSharon Thomason of Wolfforth is president of Lubbock Land Company. She is a member of the Lubbock Lemonade Day Board of Directors and former member of the Board of Directors for the West Texas Home Builders Association (WTHBA) and former chair of the WTHBA Developer’s Council. Additionally, she is former treasurer of the Society of Human Resource Management – Lubbock Chapter, former treasurer of the Murfee Elementary Parent Teacher Association and former volunteer for Texas Children’s Hospital. Thomason received a Bachelor of Business Administration from West Texas A&M University.


Photo of Mr VasquezLeo Vasquez of Houston is executive vice president of Cadeco Industries and related companies. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and former gubernatorial appointee and chairman of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation. He is a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Texas Advisory Board (USGLC) and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Additionally, he is a former board member of Houston’s Greater East End Management District, the Harris County Appraisal District, Harris County Health Facilities Development Corporation and served as the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar. Vasquez received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.


For more information contact Melissa Nemecek at melissa.nemecek@tdhca.state.tx.us.