Committees & Chairs

Acceleration Strategy

Define the best-in-class acceleration strategy for Houston

Michael Sklar

Incline Strategies

Anchor High Tech Firm

Recruit a large hi–tech firm or research institution to Houston

Jamey Rootes

President at Houston Texans

Thematic Focus Areas

Develop reputation for and critical mass in areas of translational technology

Brian Richards

Managing Director at Accenture

HNW & Corp Champions

Identify and activate local high net worth individuals and corporate executives

Gina Luna

CEO at Luna Strategies, LLC

Innovation District

Create a district of dense, mixed use space for talent, startups, and service providers

Testing Ground for Innovation

Extend Houston’s pro-business regulatory environment to cover emerging technologies

Aziz Gilani

Early Stage VC at Mercury Fund

Open Government

Help City Hall lead by example by adopting digital innovation

Jeff Reichman

Principal at January Advisors

Early Stage Investment

Provide education support and mentorship on early stage investing to the Houston community

Juliana Garaizar

Angel Investor


Increase access to and collisions between innovative people, spaces, and resources

Carol Lewis

Professor and Director at Texas Southern University

Houston's Startup Image

Integrate innovation content as a part of city branding

Carolyn Rodz

Founder of Alice

Global Entrepreneur Program

Improve access to Houston’s startup ecosystem

Gray Hancock

COO at Decisio Health


Increase innovation and entrepreneurship education

Gabriella Rowe

CEO at Station Houston


Patrick Schneidau

Angel Investor