Head shot of Nancy Kinder
  • Kinder Institute for Urban Research Advisory Board President
  • President, Kinder Foundation

Nancy Goins Kinder is from New Iberia, Louisiana and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is the founding chairman of the Discovery Green Conservancy, a non-profit organization that worked in partnership with the city of Houston and other foundations to develop an urban park in downtown Houston.

As president and CEO of the Kinder Foundation, Nancy oversees the vision and strategic leadership of the organization’s major gifts, some of which include Discovery Green, Buffalo Bayou Park, Bayou Greenways 2020, and Memorial Park, among others. Rich and Nancy established the Kinder Foundation in 1997 to provide major gifts to public causes with the intention of helping people realize healthy and rewarding lives. Since then, the Foundation has focused its grants on projects and programs that enhance urban green space, education and quality of life in the Houston area.

Currently, she serves as chairman of The Downtown Park Corp., president of the advisory board of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and as co-chair for the Quality of Life Committee on Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s transition team. She is also on the board of MD Anderson Cancer Center and Good Reason Houston.