Houston Endowment today announced the addition of several new senior staff members.

Erin McGowan Forssman joined Houston Endowment June 3, 2019, as director of grants management. Previously, Erin oversaw contracts, compliance and governance at the Houston Marathon Committee as the general counsel and managing director of participant services. Erin earned a J.D. from South Texas College of Law and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Richmond.

Reporting to the vice president for programs, Erin will lead the grants management team and continue to integrate the work of grants management with other foundation functions.

Janell Reniers joined the foundation June 10, 2019, as chief of staff to the president and CEO. Janell was previously the director of professional development and engagement manager for Katzenbach Partners, a management consulting firm now called Strategy&, a subsidiary of PwC. She also held leadership positions in both the Jones Graduate School of Business Career Management Center and the admissions office at Rice University. Janell earned an MBA in strategy from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. in business administration from North Dakota State University.

As chief of staff, Janell will bring additional bandwidth to the organization by handling a variety of priorities, projects and tasks and assisting with Board-related materials and governance.

Anthony Walker joined the foundation June 17, 2019, as director of financial strategy and analysis. Anthony brings more than ten years of experience in financial and investment analysis from several investment firms including Gideon Asset Management, Citadel, Ariel Investments and Barclays Capital. He holds an MBA in finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.A. in economics and political science from Columbia University.

Reporting to the vice president for finance, Anthony will prepare sophisticated financial models, analytics, dashboards and presentations and support analysis and research on use of financial tools to support the foundation’s programmatic funding. He will also support oversight of the foundation’s external investment firm.