National Board of Directors

Olga Llamas Rodriguez
Chairwoman of the Board

Olga L. Rodriguez serves as Managing Director of Special Projects for the Port of Houston Authority, where she is responsible for creating and implementing projects to optimize the administration and operation of the Port Authority while increasing the region’s economic impact. She previously served as an Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia. Rodriguez earned her MBA from Tulane University, a MPA from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. She also studied at the London School of Economics. She serves on the board of directors for The Beacon, a non-profit that provides services that help restore dignity, self-respect and hope to Houston’s poor and homeless. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XVI and the Center for Houston’s Future Leadership Forum.

Jorge Herrera

Jorge Herrera is making a name for himself in the field of law, while carrying out the values and morals instilled in him by his father, Frank Herrera, Jr. In May 2001, Herrera graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received the Charles M. Rolker Prize for leadership.

Jimmy Tran
Executive Committee

Jimmy J. Tran has professional experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Recently, he worked with Bain & Company, where he helped advise a variety of clients across numerous industries and functional areas. In the non-profit sector, Jimmy has helped Jumpstart (a national early childhood non-profit based in Boston) on strategic planning and program effectiveness.

Maritza Kelley

Maritza Isaura Kelley is the Owner and Founder of Realize Strategies, LLC.
She was previously the Senior Manager of Government Relations for Samsung Electronics. She worked as the Senior Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs for First Focus, an organization dedicated to making children & families a priority in federal policymaking. Previously she worked at the Ibarra Strategy Group (ISG) and the Texas State Capitol. During the 2009 81st Texas Legislature, she led the policy direction and coordinated consensus building among 44 Members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, the largest and oldest Latino caucus in the United States. Maritza received a Dual-Masters of Public Affairs and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas Austin. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz.

Cindy Pearcy

Cindy Pearcy is a Specialist Leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Healthcare Practice. She is a successful leader and project manager for a portfolio of consulting projects that include transformational change, complex project and portfolio management, and project costing. She has demonstrated proficiency in public speaking, proposal development, and team development. She regularly coaches in Deloitte’s internal training programs at Deloitte University in Dallas.

Kim Syman

As a Managing Partner and Director of the Action Tank, Kim leads efforts to combine the power of New Profit's network with organizational learning about how social innovations grow. She oversees New Profit's policy and convening strategies, which focus on changing the ways social entrepreneurs come together with citizens, government, philanthropy, and business to transform the way we solve social problems.

Bob McCallister

Robert H. McCallister has a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University and was a Post Doctorate fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. He was a Professor of Mineralogy at Purdue University until 1981 at which time he joined ExxonMobil. Since retiring from an executive position in 2003, he has volunteered in various leadership roles with the United Way of Greater Houston, Children’s Museum of Houston, and AVANCE/Houston.

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