Patra Brannon-Isaac

Regional Director, Leadership ISD
(Rice MBA '11)

Patra Brannon-Isaac has a passion for entrepreneurship and has used her business skills in
unconventional spaces to launch several initiatives and personal ventures.

Most recently, Patra launched Leadership ISD in Houston, an advocacy and civic capacity
building nonprofit focused on informing and connecting diverse citizens to shape policy, lead
strategically, and champion change towards more equity in public education. The organization
actively trains and engages business and community leaders living within Harris County’s 24
school districts serving over 1 million students.

Previously, Patra served as General Manager Talent Acquisition for HISD where she launched a
groundbreaking teacher pipeline partnership with the University of Houston, benefitting
approximately 100 high school students with free tuition and program supports to study urban
education and return to HISD’s most disadvantaged communities as teachers.

In addition to launching community based ventures and volunteering her time with several
organizations focused on education and economic empowerment, Patra is also the owner of My-
Handler, a personal concierge and executive assistant service supporting small business owners
and working professionals. Her business was fortunate to have been selected among other small
business owners across Houston as a preferred provider of services for Super Bowl LI in
Houston in 2017.

Patra earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Iowa State University, and an MBA
from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. She has worked for notable
companies including ExxonMobil, BMC Software, Wells Fargo, Merck & Co and Coca-Cola
and currently serves on the boards of the Houston chapter of National Black MBA Association,
and Rice University’s Business School Alumni Association. She is the recipient of the Rice
University Black Business Student Association Emerging Leader Award and is a 2017 award
finalist for the Center for Houston’s Future Impact Award. Patra resides in Pearland, TX with her