Director of Legal
Wendy Montoya Cloonan serves as director of legal for the foundation. In her role, she is responsible for advising on a variety of legal issues, overseeing all compliance-related policies and procedures and assisting with special projects. Prior to joining Houston Endowment in 2015, Wendy was an attorney with Andrews Kurth LLP and Vinson & Elkins LLP where she practiced in the area of public finance and public law. Wendy focused on tax-exempt bond transactions for school districts, charter schools, higher education institutions and governmental entities. She served as outside general counsel for political subdivisions advising on various issues including elections, procurement, the Open Meetings Act and the Public Information Act as well as advocacy work during Texas legislative sessions. A Houston native and a product of its public schools, Wendy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, a Master in Public Policy with a concentration in political advocacy and leadership from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. Wendy currently serves as a director of the Houston Downtown Management District and has been on the board of her children’s elementary school since 2014.