Skip to main content

2024 Partnership Board Members Discuss Top Priorities, Impact Work

Published Feb 15, 2024 by Hailea Schultz

Steve and Eric

Partnership Week, a multi-day networking and impact-driven experience for Greater Houston Partnership members, concluded with an exclusive event introducing several of the Partnership’s 2024 board members.  

In panel discussions, board members delved into their top priorities and revealed what drove them to further their involvement in the Greater Houston Partnership.  

Dr. Melanie Johnson, President and CEO of Collaborative for Children, shared that she devotes her time to the Partnership due to its commitment to community betterment and driving economic prosperity in the region. She specifically highlights the organization’s Upskill Houston and One Houston Together initiatives, emphasizing their alignment with her work in ensuring that all children have access to the learning skills necessary for success. 

Furthermore, Mario Castillo, Chancellor of Lone Star College, expressed his commitment to advancing Upskill Houston's initiatives. As a first-generation high school and college graduate, he aims to contribute valuable perspective to the Partnership and is dedicated to creating programs tailored to address the specific needs of the region's workforce. 

Centered on the theme of providing opportunity for all, Melinda Yee, Houston Managing Partner of Deloitte, highlighted the significant value she sees in the Partnership's ongoing initiatives to strengthen racial equity within the region. Yee expressed that it all comes down to making Houston a great place to live and work for everyone already here.  

While education, workforce development and racial equity stand as integral pillars of the Partnership’s mission, the organization also actively works to cultivate an opportunistic landscape, convening local business leaders to foster collaboration and catalyze transformative change within the region.  

This was one of the many reasons why Solugen CEO and Co-Founder Gaurab Chakrabarti chose to deepen his engagement in the Partnership. During the organization’s Annual Meeting held last week, Chakrabarti shared that he was able to meet with many business professionals, forging impactful connections that ultimately led to a new partnership for Solugen.  

Additionally, Partnership President and CEO Steve Kean and 2024 Partnership Chair Eric Mullins engaged in a fireside chat, summarizing key highlights from their addresses at Annual Meeting

Kean and Mullins reaffirmed that the driving force behind the Partnership’s impact work in 2024 is expanding opportunity for all Houstonians. This overarching goal encompasses three specific areas of focus including public education, workforce development and mental health. 

“There is no better place to be than the Partnership, said Judson Robinson, President and CEO of the Houston Area Urban League. The organization has “some of the brightest people working on the city’s biggest issues.” 

The Partnership is pleased to welcome our 2024 class of board members:

  • Mario Castillo, Chancellor​, Lone Star College
  • Denise DeLaune​, VP of Operations USGC & Site Director of Texas  Operations​, Dow, Inc.
  • Randy Fowler​, Director, Co-CEO and CFO​, Enterprise Products Partners LP​
  • Robert Hilliard Jr.​, CEO​, Legacy Community Health Services
  • Tom Jorden Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President​, Coterra Energy
  • Andy Krieger Senior Vice President Gulf of Mexico and Canada​, bp America
  • Tomikia LeGrande, Ed.D​, President​, Prairie View A&M University
  • Brad Little​, Vice President, Global Head of Professional Services, Google Cloud​ Google
  • Pat Mann Phillips​, Chairman of the Board​, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
  • Nancy Meyer​, Publisher and President​, Houston Chronicle
  • Chad Michael​, President​, TPH&Co.
  • Stephen Morse​, Managing Director & Co-Head of Strategy and Excellence​, Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Kennedy Oates​, Vice President Global Procurement​, Amazon
  • Marty Phillips​, Managing Partner & Founder​, EnCap Investments L.P.
  • Melinda Yee​, Houston Managing Partner​, Deloitte

Learn more about the Partnership’s 2024 Board Members

Related News

Membership

New Partnership Members in March

4/1/24
The Greater Houston Partnership welcomed six new member companies in the month of March. The Partnership works to connect companies with resources, information, and networking opportunities to help increase business while also providing a platform to influence the direction of the region.  New members who joined in the month of March include: Audubon Companies: Audubon is a global provider of engineering, procurement, construction (EPC), consulting, fabrication, and technical field services to the energy, chemicals, power, infrastructure, and industrial markets. Website. A+UP Charter Schools: A+UP is a tuition-free, public charter school serving grades 6-8 in Houston's Midtown District. Website. Bartlett Cocke: Bartlett Cocke is a general contractor in Texas. Bringing over six decades of experience working with industrial clients along the Gulf Coast, Bartlett Cocke has a depth of experience that encompasses a broad range of industrial environments and facility types. Website. Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis. Website. Fit Houston: Fit Houston is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes health by increasing physical activity in free outdoor spaces and with free wellness programs for improved quality of life primarily focusing on under-resourced communities with reduced access to gyms and wellness resources. Website. Shriners Children's Texas: The Shriners Children's Texas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit pediatric burn hospital, research, and teaching center located on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Website. Click here to see the Partnership's Membership Directory.  To learn more about membership with the Greater Houston Partnership click here, or contact membership@houston.org.
Read More

Related Events

Membership

2024 Soirée - Building Tomorrow Together

Soirée, the Greater Houston Partnership’s annual gala, celebrates Houston's diverse facets fostering innovation, collaboration, and equitable urban development which position Houston as a vibrant hub for the future.…

Learn More
Learn More
Executive Partners