Our Team

It takes a team of talented individuals to do what we do. And our people—those who work to achieve our goal—come from all corners of Houston. Discover the people behind our purpose below.

Board of Directors & Advisors

Kimberly Johnston, Chair, Founder & CEO
National Tax Partner – Energy, EY
Seasoned corporate executive and former Big 4 consultant for Fortune 500 companies delivering strategies to improve overall financial performance.

Rakhee Das, Executive Director of Innoventures, Softek 
A guru in scaling technology start-ups and experience in semiconductor, bio-tech, and clean-technology industries.

Anne McClellan
Executive Director of Innovation, University of Houston

Thought leader in transforming education and empowering communities with George W. Bush Institute, YES Prep Public Schools, Educate Texas and the Houston Independent School District.

Laura Raymond
Management Consultant
Former tech startup Co-founder and Fortune 50 Executive.  Now focused on new technologies, their application and adoption, as a Board director and advisor in the evolving electric power industry.

Dhaval Patel
Management Consultant
Dr. Dhaval Patel is the Co-Founder and CEO of iMPOWER Humanity.  He is a senior impact leader who has worked extensively in 80 countries to build social ventures in the areas of health, poverty alleviation, education, and economic livelihood.

Kelly Gauger
Vice President, Audit Services, CenterPoint Energy
Brings a wealth of expertise with particular strengths in the areas of financial accounting and external reporting, financial and operational auditing, system implementations and enterprise risk management.

Cath Avila
Partner, pePartners.net
Strong entrepreneurial spirit who has worked around the world in Corporate Finance, M&A, financial consulting and Private Equity.

Michael Johnston
Director, KKR
Finance executive with over thirty-five years’ experience with Big 4 and private equity firms.

Howard London
Buyer and Broker, V3 Advisors, LLC
Has been a CEO/entrepreneur/owner and is a professional business development consultant with extensive experience in advertising, marketing, sales, management, business and strategic planning and business communications.

Krishnan Kasiviswanathan
Senior Vice President of Supply, Just Energy
Responsible for costing, structuring and supply management of Just Energy’s electric power and natural gas retail businesses across US, Canada and UK regions.

John O’Dell
Partner, ODell Resources
Spent 12 years in Merchant Banking guiding early stage ventures to rapid growth. Focuses on wrapping important connections, mentors and donors around entrepreneurs and improving their business plans. Co-Founder of the Houston Angel Network. 8 years at C.T. Bauer College as Director of Alumni Development and building extensive connections.

Good Works Team

Ravi Brahmbhatt
Programs and Outreach
Experienced leader in delivering proven entrepreneurship and innovation programs creating viable economic opportunities for college students.

Karthik Rajan
Marketing and Communications
Startup mentor, advisor by passion and strategy consultant by profession. His columns on social entrepreneurship and impact investing have appeared on Huffington Post, FOX and Entrepreneur.com

Kristi Rangel
Upward Mobility
Educator whisper forging awareness and positive change to inner city schools faced with generational poverty and overwhelming disadvantages by leading My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Houston.

Joana Videgain
Global Liaison
Experienced impact startup consultant, validating business models and connecting impact capital in America.

Steven Gonzalez
Strategic Alliances
Applies his skills in visioning, strategy, innovation and fostering collaborations to benefit the human exploration of Space. He was instrumental in creating numerous initiatives that connected NASA to the entrepreneur and innovation community in Houston.

Roberto Moctezuma
Venture Growth and Innovation
Former VP & GM at Hewlett-Packard, now focused on value creation and impact through tech innovation and education.  Startup mentor, board member and angel investor.

Eric Harry
Programs and Research
Impact entrepreneur and emerging expert on the use of market-based solutions to solve the world’s most wicked problems.

Michelle Prentice
Volunteer – Research and Communications
Sustainability and project management professional advancing environmental and social impact with CleanLine Energy.

Rebecca Allison
2016 Intern – Impact Coordinator
President of the student leadership organization, AIESEC, at the University of Houston with expertise in logistics and event operations.

Jeff Tang
2016 Intern – Venture Facilitator
Rising sophomore at Rice University majoring in Sociology and minoring in Business and Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities.

Higher Education Partners

Dr. Maya Durnovo
Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Houston Community College

A trailblazer who’s launched entrepreneurial programs and initiatives for students, faculty, and small businesses.

Dr. Lester King
Sustainability Fellow, Rice University

Global leader recognized for his urban sustainability research to improve quality of life and create sustainable communities for current and future generations.

Dr. Robert McPherson
Dean of the College of Education, University of Houston

A nationally recognized psychologist, successful social entrepreneur, and co-founder of one of America’s fastest growing companies in 2010.

Civic Partners

Veronica Chapa
Executive Director, Early Matters

A leader in community development & relations, regulatory compliance, organizational turnaround, and early childhood education.

Todd Litton
Former Executive Director, Citizen Schools of Texas

A change agent and founder of startups focused on connecting and activating communities in the nonprofit and sustainability arenas.

Jeff Reichman
President, January Advisors & Sketch City Founder

A civic pioneer in community engagement and civic tech with his work honored by the League of Women Voters, the Houston Business Journal, and the White House.