Doreen Stoller has successfully led Hermann Park Conservancy’s efforts to improve and maintain Houston’s Hermann Park for sixteen years. Under her direction, the Conservancy completed its $120 million Centennial Campaign transforming the mud pit in the in heart of the Park into the Jones Reflection Pool and creating the vibrant McGovern Centennial Gardens. During this time the Conservancy has grown to operate the beloved Hermann Park Railroad, Pinewood Café and facilities available for public use in the Centennial Gardens. She recently launched the master planning effort for the next twenty years of improvements.
Ms. Stoller has developed a strong partnership with the City of Houston and developed alternative funding strategies for crucial maintenance programs throughout the park to augment the City’s efforts including a vital volunteer programs generating over 20,000 annual hours. She has worked with the Texas Department of Transportation and Harris County Flood Control District to leverage federal infrastructure funding to create Park features along Brays Bayou, bike paths, and jogging trails.
After receiving her MBA from Rice, Ms. Stoller spent fifteen years in the high-tech industry where she was responsible for strategic planning, third-party integration strategies and pricing policies. She was responsible for strategic marketing for Landmark Graphics prior to the Halliburton acquisition and developed strategic plans for numerous tech start-ups. Ms. Stoller was CEO in residence for Shell Internet Services, Inc. where she also advised on business plan development.
She holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, and an M.B.A. from Rice University where she is a lecturer at the Jones Graduate School of Business. She has served on the board of the Jones Partners as well as a number of early stage nonprofits including Youth Advocates and the Houston Chamber Choir. She is the past chair of the national City Parks Alliance and currently serves on the board of Inprint.