Our Board of directors
Dean and Professor
Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University
President and CEO, Houston Endowment
Ann Stern became President and CEO of Houston Endowment in March 2012. Prior to that, she was executive vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital. She previously served as vice president and general counsel for the Hospital. Prior to joining Texas Children’s, she was in private law practice and taught business law at the University of St. Thomas. Stern received her bachelor’s degree in Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She also received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Stern currently serves as a director on the boards of Invesco Funds, The University of Texas Law School Foundation, and The Holdsworth Center and as chairman of the board of Good Reason Houston. She previously served as the chairman of the board of St. John’s School and on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Texas Children’s Hospital.
Partner, The City Fund
Chris Barbic is a partner with The City Fund. He founded YES Prep Public Schools (winner of the very first Broad Prize for best charter organization in the nation) and was most recently the founding superintendent of the Achievement School District, where he led Tennessee’s effort to rapidly turnaround the bottom 5% of schools in the state. Chris is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
President and CEO
Episcopal Health Foundation
Ann Barnes is a native of Houston, Texas. She is the Chief Medical Officer of Harris Health System, the largest safety-net healthcare system in the Houston area. Ann is responsible for quality of care, patient safety, and medical staff services. She is an associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and maintains a voluntary clinical faculty position there. She is a board-certified internist.
Ann was previously Chief Medical Officer at Legacy Community Health, a large federally qualified health center system. She oversaw clinical services (adult medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, OB/GYN, dental vision, and specialty care), nursing, quality improvement, and public health.
She is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter. She writes and speaks to community and faith-based groups about health and wellness and serves on several boards (Good Reason Houston, Healthy Living Matters, Houston Endowment, and the Kinder Institute).
President & CEO, ProUnitas
Currently serving as President & CEO of ProUnitas, an organization providing the technology and comprehensive support necessary for student support departments to become more coordinated in connecting students and families to social and health services. The work of ProUnitas began when Adeeb Barqawi, a 2012 Teach for America Corps Member, became a physics teacher at Kashmere High School. While teaching, Adeeb was a recipient of numerous awards including the Kinder Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the State of Texas ACP Beginner Teacher of the Year Award. Prior to Teach for America, Adeeb worked for the pharmaceutical industry. Adeeb holds a master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University as well as a master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
Adeeb is an alumnus of the Center for Houston’s Future Fall 2015 Business/Civic Executive Leadership Forum, and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Class XXXVII. Adeeb was recognized as one of five people who are most likely to shape Houston’s future by the Houston Chronicle. In 2017 Adeeb was appointed by the Texas State Board of Education to serve on the new Texas Long Range Plan for Public Education steering committee where he worked alongside exceptional leaders to set a new vision for public education for the State of Texas. Adeeb is currently a board member of Good Reason Houston and Healthy Living Matters.
Douglas L. Foshee
CEO, Sallyport Investments
Douglas L. Foshee has spent over thirty years in the Energy Industry and is founder and owner of Sallyport Investments, LLC. Foshee is former chairman, president, and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation, which owned and operated North America’s largest natural gas pipeline system.
Foshee earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Jesse H. Jones School of Rice University in 1992 and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1982. He is also a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
Foshee and his family have been actively involved in civic and philanthropic endeavors for many years. The founder of two nonprofits, Foshee currently serves on KIPP Texas – Houston Regional Board, Good Reason Houston, Rice University’s Board of Trustees, and the Council of Overseers at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University.
Foshee also serves on the boards of Marathon Oil Corporation, Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, The Welch Foundation and Houston Endowment Inc. In 2012, Foshee was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.
Vice President of Programs, Houston Endowment
Before joining Houston Endowment as the Vice President of Programs, Lisa Hall was General Counsel and Vice President for Talent Support at YES Prep Public Schools, where she served on the management team of the charter management organization. Before joining YES Prep, Ms. Hall oversaw the development of the Rice University Children’s Campus and provided high touch recruiting for Rice Faculty. She also was a visiting professor at Texas Southern University Law School specializing in Labor and Employment classes. Earlier in her career, Ms. Hall served as Director of Professional Development for the Texas offices of McKinsey & Company. Ms. Hall was an attorney with Bracewell for eleven years and was a partner in the labor and employment law section in Houston. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership
Bob Harvey is President and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston region’s principal business organization. The Partnership focuses on attracting investment and trade to Houston, building a strong workforce, advocating for sound public policy, and convening a diverse set of Houstonians when major issues arise.
Prior to joining the Partnership in 2012, Harvey was active in the Houston business community, first as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc. and then as Vice Chair of Reliant Energy.
Harvey serves on the boards of Houston Exponential, Good Reason Houston, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Center for Houston’s Future. He is a Trustee Emeritus of the United Way of Greater Houston and The Post Oak School.
Harvey was raised in Houston, Texas, and received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
President & CEO, Kinder Foundation
Nancy Kinder serves as president and CEO of the Kinder Foundation. Mrs. Kinder oversees the vision and strategic leadership of the organization’s major gifts, some of which include Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou Park, and Bayou Greenways 2020. The Kinder Foundation was also a founding donor of Good Reason Houston.
Mrs. Kinder is from New Iberia, Louisiana and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is the founding chairman of the Discovery Green Conservancy, a non-profit organization that worked in partnership with the city of Houston and other foundations to develop an urban park in downtown Houston.
Currently, she serves as Chairman of The Downtown Park Corp. and President of the Advisory Board of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. She also serves on the boards of the Greater Houston Partnership, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Good Reason Houston, and is an advisory board member of Governor Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas.
President, H-E-B Food and Drug
Scott McClelland is the President of H-E-B Food/Drug Stores. HEB is a $28B retailer that operates 390 stores in Texas and Mexico. In his capacity he oversees the operations of all HEB banners across the state of Texas.
Over a 30-year career at H-E-B, Scott has served in a variety of leadership capacities to include President of H-E-B, Houston and Chief Merchant. Scott joined H-E-B after a ten-year career at Pepsico’s Frito Lay division.
Scott serves on the executive board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership and the board of Brighter Bites.
McClelland received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and graduated from Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Pennzoil-Quaker State Company
Jim Postl is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Pennzoil-Quaker State Company.
Prior to Pennzoil, he served as president of Nabisco Biscuit Company from 1996 to 1998 and was president and chief executive officer of Nabisco International from 1994 to 1996. Prior to Nabisco, Postl held a variety of management positions with PepsiCo, Inc. and Procter & Gamble Company.
He currently serves on the boards of American Funds, Society for the Performing Arts, Houston Zoo, Holdsworth Governing Board, Greater Houston Partnership and Good Reason Houston. He is past chairman of the national board of the American Heart Association and past chair of the AHA SouthWest Affiliate, and currently serving as chairman of Memorial Hermann Foundation and Foundation for Jones Hall. He also serves on the Council of Overseers for Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University.
Manolo Sánchez is currently a director at Fannie Mae (FNM), OnDeck Capital (ONDK) and Stewart Information Systems (STC), after having served as Chairman & CEO of BBVA Compass for 10 years. At Rice University’s Jones School of Business, he teaches disruption in financial services with a focus on crypto currencies and blockchain. Manolo is an advisor to several fintech and blockchain start ups.
Sánchez volunteers is an emeritus trustee and past Chair of the Post Oak Montessori School board, as well as a director of KIPP Texas, Brighter Bites, Texas Children’s Hospital, the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony.
A graduate of Yale University, Sánchez earned master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.
A native of Murica, Spain, Sánchez first came to the U.S. as a high school exchange student. In addition to English and Spanish, he speaks French, German and Arabic. A naturalized U.S. citizen, he lives in Houston with his wife and three children.
Managing Director and Partner, BCG
Jeff brings 15 years of experience serving leading public and private sector organizations across a range of sectors and topics. At the Boston Consulting Group, Jeff is part of the Consumer and Digital leadership teams for North America. He is also active in the public sector and education practices including experience with early childhood, K-12, and higher education. Jeff is deeply committed to the Houston community and leads BCG Houston’s social impact efforts collaborating closely with community partners including the United Way of Greater Houston, the Houston Food Bank, YES Prep Public Schools, and the Greater Houston Partnership where he serves on the Higher Education committee and is actively engaged with UpSkill Houston. Jeff holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and his BBA and master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.
José Villarreal is an experienced nonprofit executive and senior public administrator. He is semi-retired, has a nonprofit consulting service and holds board leadership positions. His services focus on executive recruitment and coaching, strategic planning, and board engagement.
He has served as the executive director of two Houston major nonprofit organizations, SERJobs and AVANCE Houston. He also held senior executive positions with METRO and Houston Community College. He currently chairs a community development Board and serves on the HCA Gulf Coast Advisory Board and Latino Education. He previously chaired committees for the American Public Transportation Association and the Gulf Coast Workforce Board.
José was recognized for creative private sector partnerships by the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Transportation. He has served on national policy task forces around workforce innovation and early childhood education.
José is married to Sylvia. They enjoy time with their 2 grandchildren and traveling.
Chief Executive Officer, The Commit Partnership
Todd is the founding Chairman and CEO of The Commit Partnership, the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization. The Partnership and backbone staff are collectively focused on meaningfully improving post-secondary completion and economic mobility levels across the North Texas region.
In 2019 Todd was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the State Land Board, responsible for overseeing the investment of a $12 billion fund supporting Texas’ K-12 public education system. In 2017, Todd served as a Governor Abbott appointee to the year-long Texas Commission on Public School Finance, producing 35 recommendations that served as the basis for Texas’ landmark HB3 legislation which equitably invested $11.5 billion in the state’s public K-12 education system.
Todd is an advisory board member of Educate Texas, the former Chair of the Citizen Budget Review Commission for Dallas ISD and former Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for Uplift Education.
Houston Market President, Commerce Bank
Sebastien Solar currently serves as Houston Market President for Commerce Bank. Prior to his current role at Commerce Bank, Solar served as Commercial Banking Manager for Bank of Texas, and led the US Maritime, Ports and Logistics division for JPMorgan Chase.
Solar currently serves on the Board of Directors of Children’s Museum of Houston, The Herman Park Conservancy, The Houston Arts Alliance, and the Trinity University Board of Visitors.
Solar has previously served on the Board of Directors of Children at Risk, Piñata Books, and led multiple corporate campaigns for the United Way of Houston.
Solar is married to Rachel Solar, with whom he has three children – Sebastien, Beauregard, and Pia.
Dean and Professor of Strategic Management, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University
Peter Rodriguez is dean of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He is also an economist and professor and teaches classes on global macroeconomics and economic growth and development.
An active researcher, Peter’s research interests include the interaction of globalization, economic development, and social institutions, the consequences of corruption for multinationals and seed-stage finance in emerging markets. He was previously professor and senior associate dean for MBA Programs and chief diversity officer at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, lecturer at Princeton University, and a professor at the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University.
Peter holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a B.S. in economics from Texas A&M University. He worked for several years as an associate in the Global Energy Group at JP Morgan Chase.
Vice President, The Finger Companies
Jill Jewett is Vice President and Director of the Finger Companies, a multi-family development company. Prior to becoming involved in both the company’s management and development operations, she was President of Jewett Consulting, focusing on strategic work with non-profit organizations and developing community-building projects.
Ms. Jewett holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art History and American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Jesse H. Jones School of Rice University.
She is currently on the board of UTHealth Houston, and her recent board involvements include the Houston Parks Board, the Houston Zoo, and the Houston Independent School District Foundation. Past board memberships include the Greater Houston Community Foundation, St. John’s School, and the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Board of Director, Kinder Foundation
Polly Whittle is a former computer science and math teacher having taught students from grades 6-12, adults in community colleges, and executives and other professionals through special classes, certifications, and private tutoring. She also worked as a computer analyst for a banking software company and a defense subcontractor.
Polly has extensive Board and other leadership experience over the years, including serving on the Discovery Green Park Board and chairing the Advancement Committee, the Board of the Kinder Foundation, Class Parent Lead at St John’s School (Houston) for numerous classes, and Women’s Ministry Leader in her church, among others.
Polly has an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Arts in Education with a concentration in mathematics (M.A.Ed.) from Wake Forest University. She also is the mother of three now-adult children, and she currently enjoys volunteering as a mentor to elementary school students in the Spring Branch School District.
CEO, The Wilson Collective
Darryl Wilson is former Vice President and Corporate Officer of the General Electric Company. After leaving GE in 2017, Darryl founded The Wilson Collective, a business investment, advisory and management consulting services firm.
Darryl earned his master’s degree in marketing from Indiana University before joining GE in 1992. While at GE for over 25 years, Darryl held numerous international roles and established a reputation for building, leading and turning around diverse technology complex manufacturing businesses. Darryl and his family have lived in Shanghai, Budapest, and London, and led cross-pole businesses in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
As an active community member, Darryl formerly served on the board of directors for the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Food Bank, and the American Heart Association. In addition to many advising roles, he currently serves on the boards for NextEra Energy, GenServe, Inc., Dallas Federal Reserve (Houston Branch), the Kinkaid School Board of Trustees, and Good Reason Houston.
CEO, Artemis Energy Partners
Bobby Tudor is Chief Executive Officer of Artemis Energy Partners. He previously served as a Partner at Perella Wienberg Partners and Chairman of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.
Prior to forming TPH in 2007, Mr. Tudor was a Partner at Goldman Sachs and a leader of its worldwide Energy practice. Over his 30-plus year career in Investment Banking, he has worked on many of the defining transactions of the period, across most energy subsectors and geographies.
Mr. Tudor is the Immediate Past Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership and of the Rice University Board of Trustees. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Collaborative for Children. Mr. Tudor also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Tulane Center for Energy Law, the Board of Directors of the National Petroleum Council, the Houston Symphony, and the MD Anderson Board of Visitors.
Mr. Tudor holds a BA in English and Legal Studies from Rice University, and a JD from Tulane.