HX Committees & Committee Chairs

HX will drive multiple changes in Houston via working committees

Acceleration Strategy

Define the best-in-class acceleration strategy for Houston

Michael Sklar

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 Strategy LLC

Innovation District

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

John Reale

CEO at Station Houston

Innovation Testing Ground

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

Angel Education

Provide education support and mentorship on angel investing to the Houston community

Juliana Garaizar

Managing Director at Houston Angel Network

Transit & Transportation

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 Circular Board

Founder Visa Program

Improve access to Houston’s startup ecosystem

Gray Hancock

COO at Decisio Health


Increase innovation and entrepreneurship education

Gabriella Rowe

Head of School at The Village School