2015 Annual Report


Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones established Houston Endowment in 1937. The Joneses were committed to the success of their community and believed that all individuals should have the opportunity to thrive. Throughout their lifetimes they worked toward this vision, courageously tackling some of the most difficult social issues of their time in an effort to remove barriers to opportunity.

Houston Endowment has been a vital part of the Greater Houston community for nearly 79 years. The foundation has helped build museums, cultural institutions, universities, hospitals and iconic green spaces; we have helped to support hundreds of nonprofit organizations working to strengthen social safety nets, transform education, enhance the creative ecosystem and preserve and protect our air, land and water. During that time we also awarded over 11,000 scholarships to help send Houston-area students to college.

Since it was founded in 1937, Houston Endowment has awarded $1.9 billion ($3.2 billion in constant dollars) in grants.

Houston Endowment is a private philanthropic institution working across the community to create change that benefits the people of Greater Houston.

The foundation has current assets of over $1.6 billion and makes grants totaling approximately $80 million each year.

The organization is led by a self-perpetuating Board of Directors and managed by a professional staff. All grant recommendations are voted on by the Board during four grantmaking meetings throughout the calendar year. In order to further its priorities, the foundation engages in activities beyond grantmaking, including convening thought leaders, commissioning research and participating on steering committees or working groups with local and national partners.

Letter from the President and CEO

Community Partners and Supporters,

This past year has been an important one for Houston Endowment. In April, our Board of Directors adopted formal vision and mission statements that reflect our deep commitment to greater Houston and to its future as a vibrant region where all have the opportunity to thrive.

In 2015, we awarded 164 grants totaling more than $73,700,000 to organizations serving the people of greater Houston. We continued to focus on connecting issues, ideas and people in order to amplify the impact of our grantmaking.

We are presenting the 2015 Annual Report in digital format through a new website. This report celebrates some of the great work going on across our community and highlights how Houston Endowment continues to evolve to increase our impact. We look forward to sharing more stories and learnings as our work continues.

Sincerely, Ann Stern Ann B. Stern

Our Vision

A vibrant region where all have the opportunity to thrive


Our Mission

Enhance the vibrancy of greater Houston and advance equity of opportunity for the people who live here

2015 At a Glance*


Year Founded:

Total Assets:
$1.682 billion

Total Paid in Grants since Founding:
$1.9 billion
($3.2 billion in constant dollars)

2015 DATA

Total Grants Approved:
164 grants to 153 organizations

Total of Grants Approved:
(some of which will be paid in future years)

*All data as of 12.31.2015
Click here to access a complete list of new grants awarded in 2015.
Click here to download our most recent audited financial statements.

Grants Awarded in 2015

2015 Grantmaking by Type of Support

2015 Grantmaking by Size of Organization

Size of Organization
(by operating expenses)
Number of Organizations
Awarded Grants in 2015
Total Grant
Dollars Awarded
< $500K38$4.37M
$500K - $10M79$21.34M
$10M - $50M21$9.14M
$50M - $250M7$9.67M
> $250M8$29.23M

Priority Areas

Creating Opportunity
through Education

For Houston to prosper, we must ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially and emotionally.

The early years of a child’s life are pivotal; positive environments, stimulating experiences and a range of caring adults all build the brain architecture in young children that is critical for future learning and long-term well-being.

In 2014 Houston business and community leaders came together to create Early Matters, a collective impact effort focused on early childhood development. The coalition began by addressing policy changes to support improved third grade reading scores, noting the strong link between reading ability in elementary school and high school graduation rates.

The coalition’s work has since expanded to consider the family, healthcare and early education structures, practices that can best support reaching that goal and, more broadly, to help ensure the healthy development of Houston’s children.

Houston Endowment has provided significant financial and leadership support toward the development of Early Matters. We are also working in partnership with Episcopal Health Foundation to ensure Early Matters continues to focus on community engagement, so that diverse community voices contribute to the coalition’s understanding of the experiences of families across our region.

What is Collective Impact?

Collective impact occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problem by aligning their efforts, using a common agenda and shared measures of success.

Early Matters Key Work in 2015

A Shared Goal

Community leaders created a broad-based coalition composed of over 65 organizations (over 150 individuals) with a shared goal to raise third grade reading scores


The Early Matters members established a governance structure, including an executive committee, a steering committee and six strategically focused working groups led by subject-matter experts

Community Engagement

Early Matters held a community summit to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood education

Meaningful Milestones

Areas school districts reached agreement on common measures for kindergarten readiness

The goal of the Early Matters coalition is that all Houston-area third graders are reading on grade level by 2025.

Quality education systems are critical to the future of Houston. For Houston to thrive, we must dramatically increase college completion rates for students across the city. While it’s estimated that 35% of jobs will require a college degree by 2020, currently only 1 in 10 Houston students from under-resourced backgrounds graduates from college.

Students from under-resourced backgrounds face a number of barriers to college completion, including uneven academic preparation or lack of financial resources. One of the biggest challenges, however, is an incomplete understanding of the college application process, from how to create a college list and prepare for entrance exams to how to complete the numerous admission and scholarship forms.

Once students transition to college, they may need additional support, especially if they are from backgrounds where college matriculation is not the norm. Effective support structures – such as mentorships, leadership training, tutoring and peer group support – can make the difference in a student’s ability to successfully navigate college and obtain a degree.

Getting to College

Houston Endowment Invested
$15.5 Million
in College Advising Programming

in Partnership with
Houston Independent School District (HISD)

District-Wide College Counseling

Houston Endowment invested $3 million in HISD to make college counseling available on all high school campuses – an investment matched by an additional $3 million investment from HISD to support more college counselors in secondary schools across the district. HISD committed an additional $4M over 3 years to build capacity for comprehensive college advising through centralized college access experts, leveraging funds made available by Houston Endowment’s investment in EMERGE.

This investment will help drive increased college matriculation and completion rates by ensuring all HISD high school students have access to a dedicated college counselor to provide comprehensive support through the college application process.

In the 2015-2016 school year, the number of campuses with a fully dedicated college advisor increased from 25 to 47. The increased resources meant that 98% of all secondary students across the district had access to a college advisor. The number of college applicants rose dramatically as a result: in 2015-2016, 82% of all HISD seniors completed college applications, compared to 59% the previous year.

A $15.5 million Investment in Houston Independent School District College Advising

(Totals represent three-year commitments)

HISD and Houston Endowment Commitment Chart


Houston Endowment’s $5.5 million investment in EMERGE-HISD allows the program to prepare more talented students across the district to apply to and graduate from top colleges. The grant also allows HISD to shift funds previously dedicated to EMERGE toward system-level college counseling support that benefits all students in the district.

In the 2015-2016 school year, the EMERGE program expanded to serve over 650 students in grades 10-12. The 164 seniors participating in the program were accepted into 193 unique universities across the nation.

Staying in College

Houston Endowment Invested
$8.35 Million
The University of Texas at Austin
University Leadership Network

The University Leadership Network (ULN) is a program designed to help students develop leadership skills while achieving academic success consistent with graduating in four years.


The UT-ULN program provides both financial support and effective wrap around services to students who show academic promise but who may face other barriers to college completion. The Endowment’s grant supports all students from Greater Houston who participate in ULN; these students are designated Jones Scholars.

Jones Scholars participating in ULN persisted through their freshman year at rates comparable to the larger freshman class at UT: of the 124 Jones ULN 2015 scholars, 120 persisted through their freshman year.

Support Systems

The Way Home

In 2011, Greater Houston had one of the largest homeless populations in the country. On any given night, over 8,500 people were without a permanent place to call home. The impact of homelessness on individuals and families is dramatic; the lack of housing affects family stability, continuous employment and personal well-being. The community at large also feels the effects: one University of Texas study found that each homeless person costs taxpayers over $14,000 per year, largely as a result of costs associated with shelters, medical care and incarceration.

Houston Endowment has provided significant financial and leadership support since 2012 to end area homelessness.

Houston Endowment support included early planning grants to understand the complex nature of homelessness in Greater Houston and develop a local framework for addressing the issue, and capacity-building grants to nonprofits working within the homelessness continuum of care.

The Way Home, a collaborative effort involving more than 70 public and private organizations committed to preventing and ending homelessness in Houston, Harris County and Fort Bend County, launched in 2014 as a result of community-wide engagement and planning. That same year, Houston Endowment made an additional, multi-year investment of $12.5 million to six different organizations involved in the collaborative.

The Way Home is a public-private partnership that uses integrated, community-wide strategies to prevent and end homelessness, including:
  • Developing a coordinated intake, assessment and triage system for homeless individuals and families

  • Increasing the number of permanent supportive housing units in the area

  • Creating a new delivery model for services that is connected to housing, rather than fragmented across organizations

The Way Home Key Work in 2015

Coordinated Systems

The Way Home built a coordinated access system involving shelters, hospitals and the criminal justice system to streamline access to housing options; the system also allows more effective collection and tracking of data

Veterans’ Homelessness

Greater Houston effectively ended veterans’ homelessness in 2015, housing more than 4,400 area veterans since 2011

Chronic Homelessness

The number of chronic homeless individuals in greater Houston has decreased more than 75% since 2011

Youth Homelessness

The Way Home began strategizing to address homeless youth, including those aging out of foster care or youth involved with the criminal justice system

The Way Home goals include ending chronic homelessness in the region by 2016 and ending family homelessness by 2020.

A Unique Role for Philanthropy in Collaborative Work

Philanthropic support can play a critical role in collaborative efforts to address complex social issues.

Private dollars can be used in concert with local, state and federal support to help catalyze the planning process, fill in gaps in programming or fund innovative approaches.

As a collabrative partner in The Way Home, Houston Endowment helped to:

Build Capacity

We provided capacity-building grants so that organizations involved in the homelessness continuum of care could more efficiently align with The Way Home model.

Fill Gaps in Funding

We provided a $4 million grant to the Corporation for Supportive Housing to help address a gap in funding for permanent supporting housing units. The Endowment’s grant helped leverage public dollars, ultimately resulting in greater capacity to house chronically homeless individuals in Greater Houston.

Addressing Complex Social Issues

Beyond our support for The Way Home, in 2015 Houston Endowment invested in other systemic efforts:

Investments to Support Immigrants

Working with the Simmons Foundation, Houston Endowment has helped initiate and support the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, a collective of more than 40 members that assists low-income immigrants in accessing information and legal representation.

Investments to Address Domestic Violence

Houston Endowment is working with the United Way, the Coalition for the Homeless and the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council to ensure that the service providers and government agencies that address and prevent domestic violence are working together effectively.

Expanding Access
to Healthcare

Health is the foundation for a fulfilling and productive life.

Healthy individuals are better able to pursue education and employment, raise stable families, engage in cultural or recreational activities and contribute to their communities and to the region as a whole.

While greater Houston is home to some of the finest health institutions and the largest medical center in the world, many of our region’s residents are unable to access basic medical care or other services that promote wellness and can prevent or mitigate poor health outcomes. And in too many of our neighborhoods, residents lack access to green spaces, healthy food and other amenities that can help them lead healthier lives.

We seek to improve the health of Greater Houston’s residents so that all have the opportunity to thrive.

In 2015, we focused our work in health
on the following priorities:

Expanding access to comprehensive primary and preventive care

To ensure that Houstonians can access the care they need.
we are working to:

  • Enhance the capacity of the safety net

  • Increase access to mental and behavioral health services

  • Expand health insurance coverage

Promoting healthy communities

To ensure that all Houstonians live in environments that promote good health.
we are working to:

  • Address barriers to health systemically, including at the neighborhood and city-wide levels

  • Address multiple factors affecting health within a defined geographic area

2015 Health Program Highlights

Enhancing the Capacity of the Safety Net System


Health Care for Special Populations

A grant to help develop the Primary Care Innovation Center, a data-driven effort to address the social determinants of health among certain high-need patients and reduce utilization and cost of emergency room care

Increasing Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Services


Mental Health America of Greater Houston

A grant to support advocacy efforts to expand access to and improve the system of prevention, early detection and treatment of mental illness and behavioral health issues

Addressing Barriers to Health Systemically


Harris County Public Health

A grant toward coordination of Healthy Living Matters, a multi-sector initiative to curb childhood obesity in Harris County through policy and environmental change strategies

Expanding Health Insurance Coverage


Enroll America

A grant to help equip local partners to educate uninsured and underinsured populations in the Houston area about available health insurance options

Supporting the
Arts Ecosystem

A healthy arts ecosystem is fundamental to a vibrant community.

The arts both reflect and amplify this vibrancy, help us appreciate our connections to this area and one another, and contribute to civic pride and economic strength.

All Houstonians should be able to benefit from art’s intrinsic ability to inspire, express and connect.

Houston Endowment investments in a wide spectrum of arts organizations bolster the sector’s resiliency and impact, and expand access to arts and culture for all Houstonians.

Number of arts & culture organizations supported through direct grants in 2015:


Total amount paid in grants to arts & culture organizations in 2015:

$9.9 million

Total number of new arts & culture grants awarded in 2015:


Total amount awarded in new grants in 2015:

$6.5 million

As part of our priority to build the capacity of the arts and culture sector, Houston Endowment awarded 27 new grants for general operating support to a wide variety of arts organizations and cultural institutions in 2015. General operating support provides those organizations – most of which are small and mid-sized – unrestricted funds they can flexibly deploy for programming, operations or growth.

A New Destination for Performing and Visual Arts

MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston) provides a new home for a variety of small and midsize arts organizations. The venue includes multiple performance spaces, rehearsal studios, 3,000 square feet of gallery space and offices for up to 60 arts professionals.

Made possible by a nearly $7 million investment from Houston Endowment, MATCH celebrated its grand opening in January.

The “cross-pollination” of audiences made possible by MATCH introduces people to forms of art and performance they might not otherwise encounter.

MATCH provides an easily accessible location for a diverse range of performances, exhibitions and community gatherings and is playing a key role in the revitalization of Midtown. Its location, steps from a light rail stop and within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops and apartments, helps to foster an active vibrancy on the street. MATCH is an important new component of the thriving arts ecosystem in Greater Houston.

In its first six months of operation, MATCH:
  • Hosted 496 events put on by 67 different arts groups

  • Welcomed over 72,000 patrons

  • Provided office space for 13 different organizations

2015 Arts & Culture Program Highlights

Building Capacity
Houston Arts Alliance


Capacity-building for small and mid-sized arts organizations

Building Capacity
Mid-America Arts Alliance


Supporting second-round ENGAGE programming, which supports small and mid-sized arts organizations

Research and Advocacy
Texas Cultural Trust Council


Supporting data to educate the public and elected officials on the importance of the arts

Young Audiences Of Houston


Supporting programming that provides an “arts-rich” learning environment for more students, helping to develop creative expression, empathy and critical thinking

Increasing Access
Houston Museum Of Natural Science


Supporting renovation efforts and partnering to enable free planetarium admission during the museum’s weekly free admission hours

Transforming Parks
and Greenspaces

Well-conceived parks and greenspaces contribute to the overall health of residents in urban areas. Studies show that children who have access to parks and greenspaces are more likely to be active and less likely to be overweight or obese, and people who live in a neighborhood with more greenspace have fewer symptoms of poor mental health. In addition to those health benefits, public greenspaces and parks enhance the quality of life for urban dwellers. Having access to these spaces allows individuals to continually refresh their intrinsic connection to nature and to connect with fellow residents.

Fewer than 50 percent of Houstonians currently live within a ten minute walk of a park.

Houston Endowment has consistently taken a lead role in transforming parks and greenspaces in greater Houston. The Endowment has provided critical early support for assessment, planning and “proof of concept” in a number of large-scale greenspace initiatives. The foundation’s efforts also include establishing neighborhood parks in “park desert” communities.

Connecting the Region

The Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative is an effort to develop green corridors across Greater Houston.

The project will result in a continuous parks system along nine of the region’s bayous, add more than 80 new miles of hike-and-bike trails and provide a network of 150 miles of greenspace crisscrossing the area.

Houston Endowment has invested significantly in the Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative, including:
  • Funding to pilot the “Bayou Greenway” concept along Brays Bayou

  • Support to develop the project’s implementation plan

  • Catalyst funding to help launch the project and build public support for a bond referendum

  • Support for land acquisition and trail development along multiple bayou corridors

Additional Investments in 2015

Buffalo Bayou Partnership


Support to reenvision the eastern sector of the bayou, emphasizing a 4-mile stretch from downtown to Lockwood, through the city’s historic East Side

Houston Parks Board


Support for the “Houston Area Greenways” plan to improve access to parks and trails for neighborhoods with the greatest need and to enhance community connectivity and mobility across the city

Discovery Green Conservancy


Support to reenvision the park in light of a changing downtown



Support to construct community parks on public school campuses in “park desert” communities across Greater Houston

Houston Endowment is working to increase the number of Houstonians who live within a ten minute walk of a park.

Building a
Stronger Region

In Harris County,
1 out of 4 children
is growing up in poverty.

In Houston, that number
is 1 out of 3 children.

As our region grows, it faces more complex challenges. Houston Endowment’s $7 million grant to the Kinder Institute in 2015 exemplifies our belief that quality research plays a critical role in both advancing our understanding of those challenges and in creating solutions.

Building on the foundation of Dr. Stephen Klineberg’s Kinder Houston Area Survey, the Kinder Institute’s purpose is to advance understanding of the most important issues facing Houston. As a neutral, respected source of data and analysis in greater Houston, Kinder Institute helps inform decisions critical to the region. Since its founding in 2010, the Kinder Institute has established a broad range of collaborative research initiatives while continuing the Kinder Houston Area Survey.

The Kinder Institute’s work covers a wide spectrum of issues and topics important to Houston and other urban centers.

Current programs include the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), a partnership with Houston Independent School District, Houston Endowment and other community partners to drive quality educational outcomes for all of our children; the Program for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Culture, to explore the meaning of race in an increasingly complex racial world; and the Global Cities Initiative, designed to illuminate best practices of urban policy from around the world.

Houston Endowment’s 2015 grant allows Kinder Institute to expand its capacity with three new programs:

Urban and Metropolitan Governance

to provide high-quality research on emerging governance issues and convene stakeholders in the region to work on implementing promising solutions

Urban Development
Transportation and Placemaking

to address issues associated with the growth and development of the Houston region and its neighborhoods

Urban Disparity and Opportunity

to document disparity in greater Houston, better understand its determinants and causes, and identify ideas and potential actions to improve the lives of Houstonians struggling with disparity

All three programs will provide greater understanding of the complex challenges facing our region and advance solutions that help ensure we remain a resilient urban center where all residents can thrive.

2015 Houston Endowment Board of Directors

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David Mendez is vice chairman of Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries at JPMorgan Chase. He began his career at the bank after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 1975. Mr. Mendez serves on the boards of Texas Children’s Hospital, Central Houston and the Dean’s Executive Board of the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business. His recent accomplishments and civic contributions include chairman of the Center for Houston’s Future for 2004-2005, member of the board of trustees and Executive Committee of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, where he served as a co-chairman of the 2003-2004 citywide fundraising campaign, and member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership. He has served on the Galveston-Houston Diocese Bishop’s Finance Council, the 2004 Super Bowl Host Committee and the board of directors of Catholic Charities. He served as honorary chairman for the 2011 Urban League’s Gala, and for the 2012 Avenue CDC Art on the Avenue event. In 2014, he and his wife, Terri, were recipients of the Career and Recovery Resources Barrier Breakers Award recognizing their years of volunteerism and community service.
Anne Chao graduated from Wellesley College and received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Rice University, where she is a lecturer in the History Department and a project manager of the Houston Asian American Archive. At Rice she also holds the title of adjunct lecturer in the School of Humanities and visiting professor at the Chao Center for Asian Studies. Dr. Chao serves on the governing boards of the Houston Ballet, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Dunhuang Foundation. She serves on the advisory boards of Teach For America and Rice University’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, the Shepherd School of Music, the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the Humanities Research Council and the School of Humanities.
Tony Chase is chairman and chief executive officer of ChaseSource, L.P., a staffing and real estate development firm. Mr. Chase is also a professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. After attending Houston public schools, he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard College, a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School. Mr. Chase serves on the governing boards of the Texas Medical Center, KIPP Houston, St. John’s School, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, The Plaza Group and Paragon Offshore. He is a past chair of the Greater Houston Partnership and a past deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Mr. Chase is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Eagle Scout.
Linnet Deily graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and received a master of arts in international management from The University of Texas at Dallas. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Chevron Corporation and Honeywell International Inc. She has served as deputy U.S. trade representative and U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization, vice chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation and chairman and chief executive officer of First Interstate Bank of Texas. Ms. Deily currently serves as executive chair of the Episcopal Health Foundation and on the boards of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Houston Zoo; she is also on the M.D. Anderson Board of Visitors. She previously served as president of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas and on the board of regents of The University of Texas System.
Douglas L. Foshee is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Sallyport Investments LLC. He is former chairman, president and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation. Previously he served in executive positions at Halliburton, Nuevo Energy Company, Torch Energy Advisors Inc. and ARCO International Oil and Gas Company. Mr. Foshee earned a master of business administration degree from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and a bachelor of business administration degree from Texas State University. Mr. Foshee serves on the boards of Cameron International Corporation, Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, and NextOp, Inc., a Veterans Organization that he co-founded. He is a member of the Rice University board of trustees, the Council of Overseers for the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, and KIPP’s board of trustees. He is a recipient of the 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his commitment to helping children succeed and his leadership role in the business community. In 2008, Mr. Foshee was named Distinguished Alumni at Texas State University, and in 2012 he was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.
Jesse H. Jones II is the grandnephew of Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, and he currently has interests in several wireless communication ventures in the southwest and a snack food company in Georgia. Mr. Jones is former chairman of the Houston Ballet Foundation and remains on its board and Executive Committee. He also serves on the boards of the Independent Arts Collaborative (the MATCH) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is an advisory director for the Rothko Chapel, and serves as an advisory board member on the UTHealth Development Board. He is the board chair of the Foundation for the Society for the Performing Arts. Previously he served as president of DePelchin Children’s Center and board chairman of the Foundation for DePelchin Children’s Center, board chairman of the Society for the Performing Arts and a member of the boards of the Alley Theatre, Houston Achievement Place, Texas Freedom Network, Houston Arts Alliance, ChildBuilders, the Mental Health Association and Planned Parenthood.
Paul B. Murphy, Jr., is the chief executive officer of Cadence Bancorp LLC, a Houston-based bank with $8.1 billion in assets. He was previously chief executive officer of Amegy Bank of Texas. A graduate of Mississippi State University, he also earned a master of business administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He began his banking career at Allied Bank of Texas and helped found Southwest Bank of Texas, the predecessor to Amegy Bank. Mr. Murphy serves on the governing boards of Oceaneering International, Inc.; Hines Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.; the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch; and the Children’s Museum of Houston.
Ann Stern became president of Houston Endowment on March 1, 2012. Prior to that, she was executive vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital, where she managed inpatient clinical operations and administration. Ms. Stern previously practiced law with Beck, Redden & Secrest and Andrews Kurth, and she taught business law at the University of St. Thomas. She earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service from The University of Texas School of Law. Ms. Stern chairs the board of St. John’s School and serves as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

2015 Houston Endowment Staff

As of December 2015

Executive Leadership


Ann B. Stern
President and Chief Executive Officer

Sheryl L. Johns
Vice President for Administration

Lisa A. Hall
Vice President for Programs

F. Xavier Pena
Vice President for Finance and General Counsel


Ikae Barnett
Administrative Assistant

Deborah Bessire
Human Resource Manager

Rosa H. Cervantes
Manager of Accounting

Long Chu
Program Officer - Arts & Culture

Jeryce E. Clayton
Grant Associate

Wendy M. Cloonan
Senior Program Officer – Education

Susan Connell
Director of Finance

La Shaunda Davis
Executive Assistant

David Goodman
Director of Evaluation and Learning

Meghna Goswami
Program Officer - Human Services

Jennifer Hines
Director of Communications

Jennifer Jouas
Manager of Finance and Special Projects

Elizabeth G. Love
Senior Program Officer - Environment, Health and Arts & Culture

Paul W. McKinney
Office Assistant

Onica Miller
Staff Accountant

Thomas C. Nall, Jr.
Director of Technology

Meridian Napoli
Director of Grant Management

Jamie Perkins
Paralegal / Executive Assistant

Charles C. Plaster
Grant Associate

Taylor Roe
Grant Systems and Reporting Manager

Tonyel Simon
Program Officer - Human Services and Education

Leslie C. Wang
Senior Program Officer – Human Services

Photography Credits

Lynn Lane

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