Board of Directors
David L. Mendez – Chair
Elected January 31, 2006
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 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.
Linnet F. Deily
Elected February 13, 2007
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 board of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; 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.
Elected June 13, 2017
Joe Dilg is a vice chairman of Greenhill & Co., Inc., an international, advisory-only investment banking firm, where he specializes in energy mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. Previously, Joe practiced law with Vinson & Elkins for nearly 40 years and served as managing partner of the firm from 2002 to 2011. Joe is currently a member of the boards of directors of the Houston Zoo and the Houston Parks Board, and a member 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. Joe 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, John 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. John received his Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan.
Douglas L. Foshee
Elected February 2, 2010
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
Elected February 13, 2007
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.
Elected January 31, 2006
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 B. Stern – President and CEO
Elected January 31, 2012
Ann Stern became president and CEO 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 currently serves as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and also serves on the board of the Holdsworth Center. She previously served as chairman of St. John’s School.