Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Charles Hodges
Charles Hodges is the director of the Eastside Alliance, a department within the Fort Worth ISD Division of Equity and Excellence. Charles has more than 30-years’ experience in corporate communications, public relations, marketing and advertising, having worked for Fortune 500 companies and several leading Texas advertising/PR agencies during that time. For the last seven years he has worked in a variety of roles for the Fort Worth ISD serving the interests of students and families at historically underperforming schools in east Fort Worth.
The Fort Worth native and FWISD alum (Daggett E.S., Daggett M.S and R.L. Paschal H.S.) graduated with a journalism degree from the University of North Texas. He is accomplished at developing and implementing strategic, comprehensive, integrated and effective communications initiatives for business-to-consumer, business-to-business, business-to-government and nonprofit enterprises. He prides himself on his unwavering efforts to protect and enhance brand assets and reputation for the companies he serves while driving desired behaviors by key stakeholder. In his current role that includes striving for positive outcomes for eastside students, families and taxpayers.
During his career Charles has been the architect behind numerous award-winning local, state, national and international communications initiatives for multi-store/multi-channel retail chains; consumer electronics; packaged goods; entertainment; consumer services; sporting events; and educational enterprises.
He received the top award for comprehensive marketing programs from the Texas Public Relations Association for a record four consecutive years. He also was honored with the top award for recruitment marketing from Big Brothers Big Sisters International for efforts that doubled volunteer participation in North Texas. In addition, his innovative consumer education campaign supporting the Congressionally mandated digital television transition received the highest award – the Silver Anvil – from the Public Relations Society of America as well as the community relations campaign of the year within the U.S. from PR Week Magazine.
As an outspoken advocate for Fort Worth ISD public schools, he has developed several initiatives designed to engage, uplift and promote students and student achievement to the public. He has also cultivated numerous collaborative partnerships with organizations providing support to schools, including eastside service organizations, neighborhood associations, and civic and social groups. He currently serves as an officer for the East Fort Worth Business Association and the Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth; is a member of the FWISD Radial Equity Committee; acts as the eastside liaison for the FWISD Council of PTAs; and functions as a member of the Early Learning Alliance Racial Equity Task Force. Charles was named “Man of the Year” in 2015 by the EFWBA for his work serving the eastside community and eastside schools.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Zenobia D. Hood
Zenobia Hood is a Community and Strategic Partnership coordinator for Eastside Alliance, a department within the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Division of Equity and Excellence. Zenobia has over 21 years of experience in education; fours years as an elementary education teacher, two years as an elementary librarian, 10 years as a high school librarian, five years as a public librarian, two years as a Texas Title One Priority Schools Grant (TTIPS) coordinator, four years as a FWISD Leadership coordinator, and one year as Data Analyst/Dean of Instruction.
Zenobia Hood is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Miles College, Fairfield, Alabama. Later, she officially became a Texan in 2001 when she began working for FWISD. Zenobia earned a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas. She holds a principal certification from Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas and has also completed all coursework toward her Project Management certification.
Zenobia is a highly accomplished education administrator with an extensive background in assisting schools in urban environments. She is focused on cultivating relationships with students, faculty, and the community in support of strategic efforts that create collaborative networks aligned with the District’s goals.
She is an advocate for creating integrated programs that engage all stakeholders in working toward common goals and positive outcomes. Zenobia has been the architect behind several successful Eastside Alliance initiatives; the Eastside health and wellness event, organized book donations for Eastside elementary schools, adult enrichment strategic planning, and supporting at-risk students and families in need through service clubs and organizations.
Zenobia has presented at numerous local and state-wide educational conferences and holds membership in several professional and service clubs.