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Good Reason Houston
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Advancing educational equity and excellence for every student in Houston—a good reason to come together. Join us.

CNNECTING

THE DTS

Good Reason Houston is a nonprofit dedicated to our community’s children. Established in 2017 as an expansion of Early Matters Houston, we are connecting the dots in our communities to ensure students, from birth to high school and beyond, have access to a quality education that leads them to fulfilling careers and promising futures.

With backing from donors like the Kinder Foundation and Houston Endowment, we’re working with educators, school districts, nonprofits, parents, and business and government leaders to develop a city-wide strategy that prepares students for postsecondary success.

We’re working with our community partners to refine our goals. Check back soon to see our expanded website and initiatives—like our most recent pre-K enrollment campaign to help parents find a program or school that suits their child’s needs.

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MEET UR TEAM

The Good Reason Houston network is extensive and includes representatives from every level of education, the business community and other nonprofits working to advance education in Houston.

Alex Hales Elizondo,
Executive Director

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Scott McClelland,
Board Chair

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Our Board of Directors
  • Ann Barnes Legacy Community Health Services, Chief Medical Officer
  • Adeeb Barqawi ProUnitas Inc., President and CEO
  • Lisa Hall Houston Endowment, Vice President for Programs
  • Bob Harvey Greater Houston Partnership, President and CEO
  • Nancy Kinder Kinder Foundation, President and CEO
  • Scott McClelland H-E-B Food & Drug, President
  • Jim Postl Pennzoil-Quaker State Company, Former President and CEO
  • Manolo Sánchez BBVA Compass, Former Chairman and CEO
  • Jeff Shaddix The Boston Consulting Group, Partner and Managing Director
  • José Villarreal AVANCE, Former Executive Director
  • Todd Williams The Commit Partnership, CEO & Board Chair
Our Leadership Council
  • Pre-K – 12
  • LaTonya Goffney Superintendent, Aldine ISD
  • HD Chambers Superintendent, Alief ISD
  • Grenita Lathan Interim Superintendent, Houston ISD
  • Sehba Ali Superintendent, KIPP
  • DeeAnn Powell Superintendent, Pasadena ISD
  • Scott Muri Superintendent, Spring Branch ISD
  • Robert Bostic Superintendent, Stafford MSD
  • Mark DiBella CEO, YES Prep
  • James Colbert Superintendent, Harris County Department of Education
  • Pam Wells Executive Director, Region 4 Education Service Center
  • Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Cesar Maldonado Chancellor, Houston Community College
  • Stephen C. Head Chancellor, Lone Star College
  • David Leebron President, Rice University
  • Brenda Hellyer Chancellor, San Jacinto College
  • Austin Lane President, Texas Southern University
  • Renu Khator Chancellor, University of Houston
Our Leadership Council
  • Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Cesar Maldonado Chancellor, Houston Community College
  • Stephen C. Head Chancellor, Lone Star College
  • David Leebron President, Rice University
  • Brenda Hellyer Chancellor, San Jacinto College
  • Austin Lane President, Texas Southern University
  • Renu Khator Chancellor, University of Houston
  • Early Childhood
  • Susan Landry Children's Learning Institute, Director
  • Melanie Johnson Collaborative for Children, President and CEO
Our Leadership Council
  • Early Childhood
  • Susan Landry Children's Learning Institute, Director
  • Melanie Johnson Collaborative for Children, President and CEO
  • Government and Civic Leaders
  • Sylvester Turner Mayor of Houston
  • Ed Emmett Harris County Judge
  • Anna Babin United Way, President and CEO
  • Gwen Emmett BakerRipley, Board Chair
  • Bob Harvey Greater Houston Partnership, President and CEO
  • Juliet Stipeche City of Houston, Director of Education
  • Health and Social Services
  • Christopher Greeley Texas Children's Hospital, Chief of Public Health Pediatrics
  • George Masi Harris Health System, President and CEO
  • Stephen Williams City of Houston, Director of Health and Human Services
  • Workforce and Business
  • Dan Gilbane UpSkill Houston (Greater Houston Partnership), Board Chair
  • Scott McClelland H-E-B Food & Drug, President
  • Mike Temple Gulf Coast Workforce Board, Director

NW HIRING

Check back for open positions as we will continue to hire our founding team over the next several months.