Dr. Candice Matthews uses data to evaluate candidates and policies for the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats.
HOUSTON, November 19, 2021 — For Dr. Candice Matthews, formerly known as Dr. Candice Enecio-Hinton, service to her community is a given.
As Dr. Candice Enecio-Hinton and Dr. Candice Matthews, she has worked for and with a variety of non-profit organizations and political organizations to ensure their policies and programs align with the needs of Texas people of color.
In her latest role with Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, skills acquired throughout her career are utilized to develop concrete data to help the community and voters assess both candidates and legal actions.
Matthews currently serves as the Statewide/Harris County Accountability Chair for the prominent Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, a political organization dedicated to the protection and empowerment of black voters.
Dr. Candice Matthews, formerly known as Dr. Candice Enecio-Hinton, not only serves in this role but was responsible for the development of the accountability program. Using evaluation techniques and data collection and analysis, Matthews reviews the work of elected officials and uses the rubrics assigned to evaluate individual performance.
The examination of politicians extends beyond current officeholders to include candidates seeking support. Endorsement screenings help determine if a candidate’s views align with the mission of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats.
For Dr. Candice Matthews, creating the accountability program and serving as chair was a natural progression from a lifetime of holding elected officials accountable and fighting for people of color.
As the CEO and executive director for Children of Diversity Foster Adoption Agency, Matthews has strived to improve the lives of children via placement in licensed foster homes and access to therapeutic services. For many children, the services are necessary to help them process the trauma that brought them to the foster care system and to develop the resilience necessary to move forward. The agency collaborates with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, other governmental agencies, universities and additional organizations to meet these needs.
The accountability chair role also complements an additional position at the helm of the Texas Steering Committee for the Rainbow Push Coalition.
Dr. Candice Matthews, formerly known as Dr. Candice Enecio-Hinton, and the larger committee help determine and reassess the direction of projects undertaken by the coalition in Texas.