Sheel Patel joined Houston Endowment Oct. 1, 2018, as vice president for finance. In this role, she will be the top financial leader at the Foundation and a member of the executive leadership team.

Sheel is an experienced executive with a record of leading strong finance and accounting operations and collaborating with clients and cross-functional teams. Her versatile skillset has allowed her to quickly adapt to various industries and new or changing environments.

She started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she spent almost eleven years and advanced to senior manager. She is a CPA with a Master’s in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University.

Sheel worked closely with a number of nonprofits in her previous roles, both at PricewaterhouseCoopers and more recently as CFO for one of TIAA’s endowment management businesses, Covariance Capital Management, which partners with nonprofits to operate as their full-service outsourced chief investment officer.

At Houston Endowment, Sheel will oversee key internal business functions including finance, planning, legal, information management and technology, and the ongoing management and direction of the Foundation’s operations. As a member of the executive leadership team, she will also help shape the overall direction of the foundation.