We're so glad you're interested in Rice Business Board Fellows. The benefits will go way beyond the time you serve on the nonprofit board. Not only will you be helping your community and spreading the good reputation of the business school, but you will be making connections with other like-minded people.

Other benefits for you:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the role of business leaders on nonprofit boards
  • Develop professional knowledge and skills in board governance
  • Offer a high-impact way for you to serve your community using your business knowledge
  • Develop the skills for effective and thoughtful community leadership

Expectations of a Rice Business Board Fellow:

  • Participate in board meetings and on board committees
  • Support the work of the organization for which you are a board fellow
  • Maintain ongoing and regular communications with the board of your organization, mentor, and Rice staff liaison to ensure a positive experience with the organization ¬†
  • Attend Board Fellows orientation, trainings and complete relevant surveys
  • Communicate with mentor, board chair or organizational contact regarding inability to attend meetings

What you can expect from your organization:

  • Integrate board fellows into their board
  • Communicate board and committee meeting dates and times within three weeks of being matched

What we expect from your organization:

  • Create a supportive and stimulating learning experience for the board fellows¬†
  • Help board fellows develop an understanding of the organization‚Äôs goals and challenges
  • Respond to emails and other communications in a timely manner
  • Secure board and organizational support for hosting a board fellow
  • Identify the board fellows mentor (a member of the board who will serve as the fellow‚Äôs primary contact and guide)
  • Provide a formal introduction to organization which includes but is not limited to sharing financials, minutes, committees, board meeting dates and times, and any pertinent information of the board and organization
  • Mentor or organization contact person must attend the Board Fellows Orientation and Closing ceremonies
  • Invite board fellows to meetings and introduce them to board members
  • Set outcomes that can be completed and respect students‚Äô academic commitments ¬†
  • Conduct a final meeting with the board fellows and, if applicable, transition to new board fellow
  • Provide feedback to the board fellow as needed and submit two feedback surveys to the board fellows staff liaison Michelle Kaltenbach throughout the duration of the fellowship


You will be assigned a mentor from the board of the organization you are paired with. You should take a proactive role in maintaining ongoing communication with your mentor. The mentor will:

  • Guide you through his or her participation on the board
  • Act as a resource for questions about the organization
  • Educate you about board service and governance

Time Commitment

You should anticipate spending 2-5 hours per month attending board and committee meetings, and working on committee projects for you assigned organization, as appropriate.

Financial Commitment

All board fellows must pay dues of $35. Additionally, we encourage you to make a financial commitment within your means to your organization, though it is not required as a non-voting board fellow. There may be opportunities for additional board training that will require (subsidized) payment.

Fellows are selected based on the following:

  • Submission of a thoughtful and thorough application
  • Successful completion of an interview with business school staff
  • Interest in nonprofit and board service work
  • Professional and relevant skills
  • Good academic standing
  • Commitment to the time required (2-5 hours per month, varies by organization)

Nonprofits are selected based on the following:

  • Submission of a thoughtful and thorough application
  • Commitment to developing new leaders
  • Organizational stability
  • Identification of mentor who is available two hours per month
  • Clarity of the board fellow role and secured organizational buy-in
  • Clear articulation of board fellow‚Äôs committee, project scope and deliverables
  • Good communication skills

Current Rice Business Board Fellow Matches

Positive Coaching Alliance
Collaborative for Children
Chamber Music Houston
DePelchin Children’s Center
Literacy Advance
SEARCH Homeless Services
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Health Museum 
Generation One
Career & Recovery Resource 
Nature Discovery Center  
The Women's Home  
Citizen's Environmental Coalition
The H.E.A.R.T. Program 
Weekley Family YMCA 
The Children’s Assessment Center
The Monarch School
Joey Ammouri
Philip Archer 
Ford Beckham
Katherine Butler  
Kristen Coar 
TJ Hoffman  
Trent Kingman
Marcie Lou  
Sylvia Okechukwu
Hector Perez
Ann Ratliff 
Regina Romano
Max Shay  
Aaron Strassner  
Asong Suh  
Jimmy Vaeth 
Tiffany Ward  
Zara Zain-Emmerson


MBAP-E-      MBA for Professionals Evening Student
MBAP-W-     MBA for Professionals Weekend Student
FT-                Full Time Student
EMBA-          Executive MBA