Houston Exponential (HX) is a non-profit organization created to accelerate the growth of Houston’s innovation ecosystem. We believe Houston is where the world will come to solve problems that matter. HX is leading the charge to turn Houston into a hub for high-growth high-potential companies by creating pathways for innovation to flow at scale. We are aligning ecosystem support around strategic initiatives that are connecting, attracting, and promoting startups, investors, corporations, government, and universities.

Meet the Team

Get to know the people behind Houston Exponential.

Megan Fier

Operations and Marketing Manager

Michael Jackson

Database Manager

Serafina Lalany

Chief of Staff

Harvin Moore


Edwinah Nyabuwalla

Executive Assistant

Joey Sanchez

Director of Corporate Engagement

Jack Sim

Chief Financial Officer

Bryant Chan

Bryant Chan

Director of Product

HX Governing Board

Rakesh Agrawal

Barbara Burger
Chevron Technology Ventures

Paul Cannings

Amanda Edwards
City of Houston

Blair Garrou
Mercury Fund

Paul Goodfellow

Gray Hall
Alert Logic

Robert W. Harvey
Greater Houston Partnership

Gaurav Khandelwal

Dr. Renu Khator
University of Houston

David W. Leebron
Rice University

Gina Luna
HX Board Chair
Luna Strategies

William McKeon
Texas Medical Center

Andrew Morriss
Texas A&M University

John Reale

Brian Richards

Gabriella Rowe
Station Houston

Mark Toon
Work America Capital

Vanessa Wyche

HX Strategic Committee Chairs

Susan Davenport
Greater Houston Partnership
Innovation Corridor Committee

Create recommendations that promote Innovation Corridor development and growth while integrating and connecting with other innovation hubs and districts including The Cannon, NASA, Station Houston, TMC3, and TX/RX Labs

Brian Richards
Thematic Focus Areas

Identify and leverage regional competitive advantages as drivers of the Houston innovation ecosystem, focus on current state and future needs of key thematic areas including cyber security, data science, industrial IoT, and robotics

Patrick Schneidau
Dr. Richard Ludwick
University of St. Thomas
Talent and Learning Committee

Evaluate the current and long-term state of talent needs for the Houston innovation economy while focusing on the short-term needs of attraction and placement, work with stakeholders to build a robust talent pipeline

Stephanie Campbell
Houston Angel Network
Investment Committee
Increase the flow of early stage capital to the Houston region by building connectivity and assets in support of early stage investors and evaluate the needs of the entire investment community including angel, venture capital, corporate venture, and private equity