Board of Directors and Advisory Board


Board of Directors 2019

Gina Carroll, Houston President Author, Lawyer

Drucie Chase, Houston Community Volunteer and Arts Advocate

John Guess IV, Houston Senior Finance and Portfolio Analyst - COH Controller’s Office

Ursula Hall, Houston Attorney and Judge

Winell Herron, Houston Group VP of Public Affairs & Diversity, H-E-B Grocery Company

Jeffrey Jackson, Washington, DC Retired USAID VP

Kathleen Jameson, Austin Arts Consultant, former Director The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

Melanie Lawson, Houston KTRK 13 Television Anchor

Marc Melcher, Houston VP, Merrill Lynch

Cindy Parris, Houston Financial Advisor, ING Financial Partners

Elmer Rogers, Houston Area Urban League

Keith Sparks, Houston Clean Line Energy


The Honorable Sheila Jackson-Lee, MC

John Guess, Jr., Chief Executive Officer

Advisory Committee

Lauren Anderson, Houston Retired Prima Ballerina Houston Ballet

Najee Dorsey, Columbus, Owner Black Art in America

John Franklin, Washington, DC Senior Manager, Office of External Affairs at NMAAHC at the Smithsonian Institution

Jonathon Glus, Sacramento Director, Cultural and Creative Economy, Sacramento Arts Commission

Freda Lewis Hall, New York EVP and Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer

Benito Huerta, Dallas Artist, Professor UT Arlington Director/Curator The Gallery at UTA

Bernard Kinsey, Los Angeles Owner of the Internationally Renowned Kinsey Collection

Eleanor Merritt, Sarasota Artist

Elliot Perry, Real Estate Investor, Art Collector, Minority Owner Memphis Grizzlies

Sam Smoots, Houston President, Crown Jewel International

Founding Supporters

Annette Bracey, MPH, Consultant

Robert Galloway, MD, Physician

Ellena Huckaby, Retired Counselor, Educator and Consultant

Irene Johnson, Human Resource and Placement Consultant

Eileen Lawal, Group VP, CAMAC International Corporation (retired from Board end of 2017)

The Rev. William Lawson, Pastor Emeritus, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

100% financial participation from Voting Board