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Nancy and Rich Kinder

Nancy and Rich Kinder

Board Chair and President

Kinder Morgan owns an interest in or operates approximately 84,000 miles of pipelines and 165 terminals. The company's pipelines transport primarily natural gas, refined petroleum products, CO2 and crude oil and its terminals store, transfer and handle such products as gasoline, ethanol, coal, petroleum coke and steel.

Rich Kinder is the co-founder and executive chairman of Kinder Morgan, one of the largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies in North America. Mr. Kinder received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri and served in Vietnam as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and is a life trustee and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. His is also chairman of the Kinder Foundation.

Nancy Goins Kinder is originally from New Iberia, Louisiana, and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  She is a dedicated philanthropist and serves on several boards for the betterment of Houston, the arts, and children.  Mrs. Kinder is the founding chairman of Discovery Green Conservancy and remains an ex officio board member of that organization and chairman of the Houston Downtown Park Corporation. She also serves on the board of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and is president of the Kinder Foundation.

The Kinders established the Kinder Foundation in 1997 to support Greater Houston by providing transformational grants to promote urban green space, education and quality of life. Mr. Kinder is currently Chairman of the Kinder Institute Advisory Board; Mrs. Kinder serves as President. 


Eric Anyah

Eric Anyah

Eric O. Anyah is chief financial officer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). He oversees the MFAH’s financial operations including its endowment, operating and capital budgets, accounting and financial controls. He also oversees various earned income areas including membership and guest services, retail and special events. 

Eric came to the MFAH from the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was most recently Executive Vice President and CFO.  He directed the strategic financial planning for the Art Institute’s museum and school, including oversight of $900 million in endowment and pension funds. He also oversaw the financial management of the Art Institute’s $400 million capital campaign.  

Born in Nigeria, Eric came to the United States to study at the University of Illinois at Chicago, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and architecture, and a Master of Science degree in accounting. He joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 as Vice President of Budget, Financial and Strategic Planning, following positions in finance and budget with, among other organizations, the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, the University of Chicago and the U.S. offices of software-solutions company Pindar Systems. While at the Art Institute, Eric led the development of institute-wide capital and operating budgets, as well as accounting and control systems, treasury functions, risk management and compliance and strategic sourcing.  


Ann Barnes

Ann Barnes

Ann Barnes, MD, MPH is a native of Houston, Texas. She is currently the Chief Medical Officer at the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Southeast, TX, Legacy Community Health. Ann oversees clinical services provided by the health system (adult medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, Ob/Gyn, vision and dental services) as well as public health services which engages in patient education, community outreach and linkage to care. She is an associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and maintains a clinical faculty position there. She is a board certified internist.

Prior to her current role, Ann was the Medical Director of Weight Management Services and Disease Prevention for Harris Health System. There she spear-headed a nationally recognized pilot project called Healthy Harvest that brought farmer’s markets into several of Harris Health’s community health centers located in food deserts. Ann has also been involved with research projects including a National Institutes of Health funded project which sought to understand factors that led to successful weight loss maintenance in African Americans.

Beyond her work in medicine and research, Ann is involved in a variety of community efforts. She is a senior fellow of American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter. She writes and speaks to a wide variety of community and faith-based groups about health and wellness and serves on several boards (Early Matters, Communities in Schools Houston, Houston YMCA Association, Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute, and Ardmore Institute of Health). Additionally, Ann is the immediate past chair of the executive committee of Healthy Living Matters, a local city and county-wide collaborative focused on addressing childhood obesity through smart policy efforts to improve healthy eating and active living among children and their families. Ann is married to Matthew Barnes and has three children.


Robert M. Eury

Robert M. Eury

For thirty-two years, Robert M. Eury has served as President of Central Houston, Inc., a private, non-profit corporation, formed to lead the planning and implementation of the redevelopment of Houston's central city area-principally downtown. Mr. Eury is also the Executive Director of the Houston Downtown Management District, a special assessment district within downtown Houston, and President of the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, a non-profit local government corporation that operates Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #3 for the City of Houston.

Mr. Eury was Vice President and Director of Research Development for Rice Center prior to starting Central Houston in 1983. During his nine years with Rice Center, his research focused on land use/transportation joint development, urban services delivery, development regulation, and environmental design. Before joining Rice Center in 1974, Mr. Eury served as Director of Community Planning Studies for the Urban Studies Center, University of Louisville, Kentucky.

Mr. Eury holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Rice University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.


C. Hastings (Hasty) Johnson

C. Hastings (Hasty) Johnson

Mr. Johnson joined Hines in 1978. As the most senior executive in Hines' Office of Investments, he is responsible for investments, chairs the firm’s Strategy Committee, and is a member of the Executive and Investment Committees. Mr. Johnson served as CFO from 1992 until 2012, and prior to that led the development or redevelopment of numerous projects. He initiated the Hines acquisition program and the firm's investment management business. Mr. Johnson graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Industrial Engineering and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.


George Levan

George Levan

George Levan is Chairman and CEO of the Levan Group and co-founder of High Fashion Home.  He has been actively involved in urban retail and mixed use development as the founder of Crosspoint Properties.  Mr. Levan previously served on the Houston Downtown Retail Task Force and the boards of the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, the HISD Foundation, and the Gulf States Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.  He also currently serves as a board member of the Asia Society Texas Center.  Mr. Levan graduated with a BBA in Business Honors and Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. 


Allen Matusow

Allen Matusow

Allen Matusow Ph.D., is the academic affairs director at the Baker Institute and the William Gaines Twyman Professor of History at Rice University. He joined the Rice faculty in 1963 and served as the dean of humanities from 1981 to 1995. He specializes in 20th-century U.S. history and has written or edited five books, including “The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s” and “Nixon’s Economy: Booms, Busts, Dollars and Votes.” Matusow is currently writing a book on former President Jimmy Carter’s search for peace in the Middle East.


John Mingé

John Mingé

John Mingé is the Chairman and President of BP America Inc., where he is responsible for providing leadership and oversight to BP’s U. S. businesses, which are involved in oil and gas exploration and production, refining, chemicals, supply and trading, pipeline operations, shipping, and alternative energy. Prior to this role, John was the Regional President of BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., where he was responsible for BP's oil and gas exploration, development and production activities in Alaska, as well as its interests in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

During his 32 year career with BP, John has held various executive and engineering posts around the globe. He has served as President of BP Indonesia, Head of BP’s Asia Pacific Unit, and President of exploration and production for Vietnam and China. For the past six years, he has served on the BP America Board of Directors.

John started his BP career in the Gulf of Mexico as a drilling engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University. John is a member of the API Board and Executive Committee, a member of the National Petroleum Council, and a Director of the National Association of Manufacturers. John is also heavily involved in his alma-mater, WSU, where he serves on the Board of Governors and on the College of Engineering and Architecture Executive Leadership Board.

He is married to Jackie and has two children, David and Emma.


Armando Perez

Armando Perez

Armando A. Perez is Senior Vice President of H-E-B, overseeing three regions within the Houston Division, including 90 stores that are run by over 19,000 H-E-B partners. Armando started working for H-E-B upon graduating from college and has been with them for the past 21 years. Armando has held various leadership positions in H-E-B during this time and has thoroughly enjoyed working in Houston for the last 10 years of his career. Throughout his time with H-E-B, Armando has been recognized for Excellence in Management and Diversity Leadership. 

He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance from the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.  In addition, he completed management programs at both Cornell and Harvard Universities. He is currently a member of the University of Texas Pan American Foundation Board and is a previous Chairman of the Board for the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Armando and his wife of 15 years Corina, have two children, Anyssa (15) and Daniel (10). 


Herman Stude

Herman L. Stude

Herman L. Stude is a private investor in addition to serving as trustee and president of The Brown Foundation, Inc. His civic and philanthropic engagements in Houston include the Houston Parks Board, and Rienzi at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Mr. Stude graduated from the University of St. Thomas and earned his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. He resides in Houston with his wife, Aliyya, and children, Micajah and Soraya.


Ping Sun

Y. Ping Sun

Y. Ping Sun is currently of counsel at the firm YetterColeman LLP. She practiced law in the New York offices of White & Case LLP from 1988 to 1992 and Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP from 1993 to 2004. Her practice focused on corporate and international transactions

A native of Shanghai, China, Ms. Sun attended Beijing Languages University and then Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude in 1985 with AB degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs.  She received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1988, where she served as an editor of the Journal of Transnational Law.

Ms. Sun serves as University Representative of Rice University, where she also serves as a member of the Advisory Council at the Shepherd School of Music, Honorary Co-Chair of the Baker Institute Roundtable at Rice University, and as Lead Donors Chair for Rice University United Way Campaign.  Ms. Sun is a past chair of the Mayor's International Trade and Development for Asia and Australia. She is a trustee of the Texas Children's Hospital, the vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Asia Society Texas Center, a board member of  BARC, Center for Houston's Future, Hermann Park Conservancy and Teach For America Houston.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the Asian Chamber of Commerce and the Chinese Community Center.

 


Algenita Scott Davis

Algenita Scott Davis 

Member Emerita

Algenita Scott Davis is a Visiting Professor with the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University and the Government and Community Affairs Officer of Central Houston Inc. and its related entities. She grew up in Houston's Fifth Ward and graduated from Phillis Wheatley High School. After earning her undergraduate degree in accounting from Howard University School of Business Administration in 1971, she attended Howard's Law School earning her Doctorate of Jurisprudence (JD) in 1974.

Her legal career spans over forty years during which she served as a Tax Attorney for Shell Oil Company for five years and the General Counsel of the Port of Houston Authority for ten years. In 1989, she joined Texas Commerce Bank (TCB) and served as Senior Vice President and Community Affairs Officer of TCB and its successor, J.P. Morgan Chase and Company. Anticipating retirement from the Bank in 2005, she was selected as a Director of The William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and Visiting Professor at Texas Southern University's School of Public Affairs, School of Business and Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

From 2006 to 2013, Davis was the Executive Director of Houston Habitat for Humanity, constructing 350 houses, building three complete subdivisions and coordinating many renovations for seniors. Her leadership in the legal profession includes past President of the National Bar Association and Houston Lawyers Association and member of the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. Davis is a former Chair of the Board of the Houston Area Urban League and Vice President of the Board of Harris County Hospital District Foundation and a member of the Board of Houston Business Development, Inc. (Palm Center). Determined to work in the community development arena, Davis has served as Chair of Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) Number 9, with 460 homes and other services, Vice Chair of TIRZ Number 7, handling the revitalization of Emancipation Park and the Griggs Public Library, founding Chair of the Houston Downtown Management Corporation (District) and a 22 year member of the City of Houston Planning Commission, appointed by five Mayors.


Steve Kean

Steven Kean

Member Emeritus

Mr. Kean is President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Office of the Chairman of Kinder Morgan, the largest midstream and the third largest energy company in North America based on enterprise value.

Mr. Kean is responsible for developing and executing the company's vision and strategy, and allocating capital to Kinder Morgan business units in a disciplined manner. He also coordinates the company's efforts to achieve operational excellence. Mr. Kean joined Kinder Morgan in 2002 and has held numerous senior management positions within the company, including Executive Vice President of Operations and President of Natural Gas Pipelines. He was named President of Kinder Morgan in 2013, and Chief Executive Officer in 2015.

Mr. Kean has worked in the energy industry since 1985 in various commercial, operational and legal positions, primarily in the wholesale energy and pipeline sectors. He holds a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and a law degree from the University of Iowa.


Patrick Oxford

Patrick C. Oxford

Member Emeritus

Patrick Oxford is the Chairman and former Managing Partner of Bracewell LLP. For many years, Mr. Oxford has been deeply involved in the business and civic affairs of Houston and the State of Texas. He has served on the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System and is currently serving on the board of the Texas Medical Center, Inc., and M.D. Anderson Services Corp. He is a member of the executive committee and a past Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership.