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The Kinder Institute for Urban Research builds better cities and improves people’s lives by bringing together data, research, engagement, and action.

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research is a multidisciplinary think tank housed at Rice University in Houston. Through informed research, data and policy analysis, the Kinder Institute hopes to engage civic and political leaders to implement solutions to critical urban issues, including education, governance, housing, mobility and transportation, resilience, and demographics.

In addition to core research programs, the Kinder Institute partners with affiliates on campus and off, including the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Understanding Houston project, Rice University’s School of Architecture, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, and the Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters Center. The Houston Education Research Consortium, which is part of the Kinder Institute, has 11 school district partnerships, including Alief, Cypress-Fairbanks, Friendswood, Houston, Katy and other ISDs. The Kinder Institute also develops partnerships with a wide variety of other universities and think tanks, such as the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, the Urban Institute, the University of Texas School of Public Health, and the National Resource Network.

Created in 2010, the Kinder Institute was endowed with a $15 million gift from Houston philanthropists Richard and Nancy Kinder.

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Kinder Institute Annual Reports
 

Leadership

Ruth López Turley

Ruth N. López Turley

  • Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Professor of Sociology, Rice University
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Stephen L. Klineberg

  • Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
  • Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Rice University
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Terri Arellano

  • Senior Director of Operations

Daniel J. Potter

  • Senior Director of Research
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Rose Rougeau

  • Senior Director of External Affairs
  • Editor-in-Chief, Urban Edge
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Paula Arce-Trigatti

  • National Director, National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships
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Erin Baumgartner

  • Director of Houston Education Research Consortium
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Robert Bozick

  • Director of Houston Population Research Center
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Shauna Dunn

  • Director of Project Management & Compliance
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Hien Le

  • Director of Data Operations
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Suzanne Muchard

Suzanne Muchard

  • Director of Development
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Kinder Institute Advisory Board

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Rich Kinder

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Chair
  • Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Kinder Morgan
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Nancy G. Kinder

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board President
  • President, Kinder Foundation
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Eric O. Anyah

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
  • Chief Financial Officer, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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Thomas G. Bacon

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member
  • Founding Partner, Civicap Partners
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Ann Barnes

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
  • Houston Community Data Connections Steering Committee Member
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Harris Health System
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Gregory M. Bopp

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member
  • Managing Partner, Bracewell LLP
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Anne S. Chao

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member
  • Rice University School of Humanities
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Algenita Scott Davis

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emerita
  • Government and Community Affairs Officer, Central Houston, Inc.
  • Visiting Professor, Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University
  • Program Manager, Center for Civic and Public Policy Improvement
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Robert M. Eury

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
  • President, Central Houston, Inc.
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Stephen W. Green

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member
  • President, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company
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C. Hastings Johnson

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
  • Vice Chairman, Hines
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Steven Kean

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Kinder Morgan
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George Levan

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
  • Chairman and CEO, Levan Group
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Allen J. Matusow

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
  • William Gains Twyman Professor Emeritus of History, Rice University, and Academic Affairs Director, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
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Armando Perez

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
  • Executive Vice President, H-E-B Houston
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Scott Prochazka

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
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Jeff Shellebarger

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member
  • Chairman, 23rd World Petroleum Congress
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Herman L. Stude

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member Emeritus
  • Former President, The Brown Foundation, Inc.
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Julie Young Sudduth

Julie Young Sudduth

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member
  • Executive Vice President and Regional President, PNC Bank, Greater Houston
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Jason P. Wells

  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board Member
  • Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, CenterPoint Energy
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