Complete Communities is about improving neighborhoods so that all of Houston’s residents and business owners can have access to quality services and amenities. It’s about working closely with the residents of communities that haven’t reached their full potential, understanding their strengths and opportunities, and collaborating with partners across the city to strengthen them. While working to improve these communities, we must also work to ensure existing residents can stay in homes that remain affordable.
Complete Communities Team
Shannon Buggs - Director
Shannon Buggs, an experienced communicator and administrator, is the first director of the Mayor’s Office of Complete Communities. In this role, Buggs develops strong collaborative relationships with neighborhood residents, City of Houston departments, other government agencies and officials, private donors, and non-profit organizations to fulfill the Complete Communities Action Plans. Mayor Sylvester Turner launched the Complete Communities initiative to demonstrate how public, private and non-profit partners can revive neighborhoods with the guidance of their residents. The Complete Communities division ensures that projects identified through a public engagement process are implemented, funded and managed efficiently.
Buggs previously worked as director of community and public relations at The Woman's Hospital of Texas, director of communication for the University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, and business columnist and reporter for the Houston Chronicle. She also served as the founding executive director of Culture Source, Inc. (formerly CultureWorks Greater Houston), a fiscal sponsorship and management consulting nonprofit. A Houston native, Buggs is a longtime supporter of the city’s nonprofit sector and has held volunteer leadership positions with the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund, Houston Arts Alliance, Writers in the Schools and other arts and public service organizations. She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and an alumna and former trustee of Episcopal High School in Bellaire. Buggs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from Harvard University, a Master of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a certificate in financial planning from the University of Houston.
Suzane Abedi – Assistant Director
With a passion for sustainable impact, Suzane has experience in health systems development, growth strategy and stakeholder engagement within private, government and not-for-profit environments. Suzane’s career includes consulting, portfolio management and project management positions within U.S. and global healthcare markets for Stockamp & Associates, Inc. and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is a strong believer in leveraging stakeholder engagement to drive results and curating collaborations for successful execution. Her achievements include serving on the leadership team to develop the United Arab Emirates’ first medical city, establishing its first children’s hospital, and implementing a country-wide nursing leadership council. She is excited to be back in Houston, where she can contribute to and participate in the remarkable efforts shaping her hometown. Suzane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA and Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston.
Christa Stoneham – Manager
Christa Stoneham was appointed as Division Manager to the Mayor’s Office of Complete Communities in 2019 where she oversees community relationships in the ten Complete Communities’ neighborhoods--Acres Home, Alief-Westwood, Fort Bend Houston, Gulfton, Kashmere Gardens, Magnolia Park-Manchester, Near Northside, Second Ward, Sunnyside, and Third Ward. She is responsible for managing and developing strategic partnerships with the local government, elected officials, school districts, civic organizations, and nonprofit agencies. Christa also works closely with the Director and Assistant Director to establish and cultivate those alliances. As Division Manager, she also supports the office’s fundraising strategy and the implementation of various projects, in addition to directing the work of staff within community-based organizations responsible for implementing community development, leadership development, and civic engagement programs, services, and activities.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Christa served five years in the Planning and Development Department as a Senior Planner. In this role, she led the Acres Home Complete Community, where she presented several variances and development applications to the Houston Planning Commission while engaging 300+ community members.
Christa Stoneham is a native of Dublin, California, and is a proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). At PVAMU, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, a Master of Architecture degree, and a Master of Community Development degree with the mindset of improving the overall quality of life at the neighborhood level. She is a graduate of the Houston Black Leadership Institute (HBLI), a board member of Blueprint Houston and the ex-officio Director of the Houston Land Bank. Her personal mission is to strengthen people with unique qualities to work together, collaboratively and productively to strive for a purpose beyond (or bigger than) themselves.