About Us

The HISD Foundation is dedicated to the support of the Houston Independent School District and its mission of providing every student with a consistently rigorous education in a safe environment. Established in 1994, the HISD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is governed by a volunteer board of directors that includes local business, industry, and community leaders.

The foundation works with Superintendent of Schools Richard A. Carranza, the HISD Board of Education, and Houston’s business leaders and philanthropic community to not only raise funds for the district but to provide support for teachers, students, and parents as well as to bring overall awareness to the district’s commitment to providing every student with a quality education.

The foundation supports districtwide and school-based programs and initiatives aimed at increasing student academic achievement, eliminating the minority achievement gap, and developing and retaining effective educators in every classroom.

The Foundation believes equity, literacy, innovation, college access, and great people can help to ensure students are prepared for success in college and the workforce.

The Five Pillars

College Access
Human Capital

HISD Foundation Board of Directors


Lori Vetters, Chairman
Regional Executive, HSBC Bank

Richard A. Carranza
Superintendent of Schools, HISD

William (Bill) King
President, Southwest Airport Services

Kathleen Martinez
External Affairs & National Programs, BP America, Inc.

Harvin Moore
Former HISD Board Member

Gerald Merfish
Merfish Pipe & Supply, Co

Pat Rosenberg
Community Volunteer

Michael Solar
Solar & Associates LLP

Megan Cash
Western Hemisphere Treasurer at Schlumberger

Lina Sabouni
CEO, Autoarch Architects

Fred Zeidman
President, The Zeidman Group

Ann Best Scott
Executive Director, HISD Foundation