Douglas L. Foshee – Chair
Elected February 2, 2010
Douglas L. Foshee began a two-year term as chair of the Houston Endowment Board of Directors January 1, 2020. He has served as a director since 2010.
Mr. Foshee is chief executive officer of Sallyport Investments, LLC. He is former chairman, president and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation. Previously he served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Halliburton and as chairman and CEO at Nuevo Energy Company and Torch Energy Advisors Inc. 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 Marathon Oil Company, Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, and NextOp, Inc., a Veterans organization that he co-founded. He also serves on the boards of Combined Arms and Good Reason Houston and chairs the board of Houstonians for Great Public Schools. 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.
Elected June 6, 2019
Dr. Pedro J.J. Alvarez is the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, where he also serves as founding director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT). His research interests include environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology, bioremediation, fate and transport of toxic chemicals, water footprint of biofuels, water treatment and reuse, and antibiotic resistance control. Dr. Alvarez received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from McGill University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan. He is the 2012 Clarke Prize laureate and won the 2014 American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) Grand Prize for Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science. Dr. Alvarez is an associate editor of Environmental Science and Technology and previously served on the scientific advisory board of the Environmental Protection Agency and of the advisory committee of the NSF Engineering Directorate. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018.
Elected February 13, 2018
Ann Barnes is chief medical officer at Harris Health System. She is responsible for clinical quality, patient safety, research, and medical staff affairs, and has a special interest in health system integration and social determinants of health. She was previously chief medical officer at Legacy Community Health, a large Federally Qualified Health Center in Houston. Dr. Barnes maintains a voluntary faculty position as an associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Barnes was medical director of weight management services and disease prevention for Harris Health System. Dr. Barnes is currently a member of the boards of directors of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Good Reason Houston, and Houston Endowment. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in internal medicine/primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Barnes received her master’s in public health from The University of Texas School of Public Health and is a board-certified internist. She is a Houston native.
Anne S. Chao
Elected February 2, 2010
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.
Anthony R. Chase
Elected February 4, 2014
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.
Joseph C. Dilg
Elected June 13, 2017
Joe Dilg retired in 2018 as a vice chairman of Greenhill & Co., Inc., an international, advisory-only investment banking firm, where he specialized in energy mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. Previously, Mr. Dilg practiced law with Vinson & Elkins for nearly 40 years and served as managing partner of the firm from 2002 to 2011. Mr. Dilg is currently a member of the boards of directors of the Houston Zoo and the Houston Parks Board, and a co-chair of the executive council of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at The University of Texas. He has previously served as a board member and chair of the National Business Committee for the Arts, as a board member of the Houston Arts Alliance, a trustee of the Texas Law School Foundation and as a board member of St. John’s School in Houston. Mr. Dilg graduated from Southern Methodist University and received his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was an editor of the Texas Law Review.
John M. Esquivel
Elected June 13, 2017
John Esquivel is retired from Shell Oil Company where he was chief ethics and compliance officer and associate general counsel. During his 32 years as an attorney for Shell, Mr. Esquivel served on the investment committee for the Shell Pension Plans, the senior leadership teams of Shell’s major business segments and the company-wide strategic study team on diversity. His recent accomplishments and civic contributions include: member of the board and executive committee of UnidosUS (formerly known as National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization; chairman of the Greater Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation; member of the quality committee of the Memorial Hermann Health System; chairman of Justice For Our Neighbors Houston, a nonprofit organization that provides low-cost, quality immigration services; and member of the board of the YMCA of Greater Houston. He was also elected lay leader for the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Mr. Esquivel received his Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan.
Elected August 1, 2021
George Levan is chairman and CEO of the Levan Group and co-founder of High Fashion Home. He has been actively involved in urban retail and mixed-use development as the founder of Crosspoint Properties. He previously served on the Houston Downtown Retail Task Force and the boards of the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, the Houston ISD Foundation, and Asia Society Texas Center. Mr. Levan graduated with a B.B.A. in business honors and finance from The University of Texas at Austin and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He also serves on the advisory board of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Elected February 13, 2018
Arshad Matin is president and CEO of Avetta, one of the world leaders in providing cloud-based supply chain risk management solutions. He previously served as president and CEO of Paradigm Ltd.; executive vice president of global products and services of IHS, Inc.; as president and CEO of Seismic Micro-Technology, Inc.; and as a partner in the Houston office of McKinsey & Company. He has over 25 years of experience in the software industry and in software-enabled businesses. Mr. Matin is currently a member of the board of directors of On Assignment (NYSE:ASGN), St. John’s School and Nora’s Home, a nonprofit that provides affordable lodging for transplant patients and their families at TMC. Mr. Matin earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his M.S. in computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and his B.E. in electrical engineering from the Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology in India.
Ann B. Stern – President and CEO
Elected January 31, 2012
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.
Melanie M. Trent
Elected June 6, 2019
Melanie Montague Trent is a retired senior executive who has worked extensively in the energy industry, both in oilfield services and power. Most recently, Ms. Trent served as executive vice president of Rowan Companies plc, a global offshore drilling contractor. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Diamondback Energy, Inc.; Arcosa, Inc.; and Frank’s International N.V. She has twice been named to the Oil & Gas National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Oil and Gas. Ms. Trent currently serves on the board of YES Prep Public Schools. She previously served on the board of New Hope Housing, Inc.; on the audit and compensation committees of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System; and on the board and executive committee of Hermann Park Conservancy. She received a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University.
Darryl L. Wilson
Elected August 1, 2021
Darryl L. Wilson is the president and founder of The Wilson Collective, a business advisory firm investing in small businesses and providing management consulting services to diverse corporate clients. He formerly served 25 years as a senior executive for the General Electric Company building and leading complex global businesses across power generation, energy management, transmission and distribution and lighting. He has lived and led businesses in the United Kingdom, Europe, and China. In addition to many advisory roles, Mr. Wilson serves on the boards for NextEra Energy, Eaton Corporation, GenServe, Inc., and chairs the Houston Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve. He is also a trustee of the Kinkaid school and board member of Good Reason Houston. Mr. Wilson earned an MBA from Indiana University-Bloomington and a B.B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College.