Rice Business Board Fellows

Matching Rice MBAs with Houston-Area Nonprofits

Founded by Rice MBA students and staff in 2008, Rice Business Board Fellows is a year-long experiential learning program that matches talented, energetic, and committed Rice MBA students as fellows to local nonprofit boards to serve as non-voting board members.

Both students and organizations benefit from the Board Fellows program:

  • Organizations can deploy a Rice MBA student’s ideas and energy to solve a problem or execute a project with the possibility of cultivating a future board member. MBA candidates learn valuable leadership skills from community leaders and gain experience in the nonprofit sector from “real live” nonprofit management and governance.
  • Students and organizations must apply in order to participate in the program. Once they are chosen, the board fellows and organizations are then matched according to the student’s skills and background and the organization’s needs. The student’s personal interest in an area of service provided by the nonprofit is also considered.

Questions? Contact boardfellows@rice.edu

2020-2021 Board Fellows

Organization Student Program
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Brian Wedemeyer EMBA
Apollo Chamber Players Sowmya Yennam FTMBA
Avondale House Jami Healing PMBA-E
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Chip Caraway PMBA-W
CanCare Jonathan Martinez FTMBA
Capital IDEA Houston Caroline Yang PMBA-E
Career Gear Houston Adam German FTMBA
Child Care Council of Greater Houston, Inc. Prag Chokkalingam FTMBA
Children At Risk Daniela George PMBA-W
Doctors for Change James Jurica FTMBA
Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc. DBA "The H.E.A.R.T. Program" Rachel Lowell PMBA-W
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston Felixnando Rubio FTMBA
Families Empowered John Breen FTMBA
Family to Family Network Kelly Qian PMBA-W
Fisher House Nick Skuteris PMBA-W
Fresh Arts Ross Muramaru PMBA-E
Galveston Bay Foundation Rhian Davies PMBA-W
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Kristina Mentakis FTMBA
Henry's Home Katie Chung FTMBA
Houston Chamber Choir Xiaolu Zhang FTMBA
Houston Community Toolbank Lauren Hollins FTMBA
Houston Symphony Henry Li PMBA-W
Houston Zoo Christy Brown EMBA
Houston: reVision Kelly DeMoya FTMBA
Junior Achievement London Hayes PMBA-W
Medical Bridges, Inc. Zachary White FTMBA
Musiqa Nalani Ortiz FTMBA
My Connect Community DBA "Connect Community" Madison Ulm PMBA-E
Nature Discovery Center Caitlin Duchene FTMBA
Nehemiah Center Zack Barth FTMBA
NextOp Veterans Thomas Santos PMBA-E
Nora's Gift Foundation DBA "Nora's Home" Qiuzi Liang PMBA-W
One Goal Graduation Danish Ali PMBA-E
Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR) Joann Stephen FTMBA
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston Adam Housel PMBA-E
SER-Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast, Inc. Manali Mehta PMBA-W
SIRE Amie Uttecht D'Ambrosio FTMBA
Spectrum Fusion LC Ede PMBA-E
Step Up Houston Travis Smith FTMBA
Teach For America Houston Richard Mercer PMBA-E
The Beacon Bryan Chapman PMBA-E
The Children's Assessment Center Jessica Koucouthakis PMBA-E
The Institute of Hispanic Culture Gloria Escobar FTMBA
The Landing Valerie Valentine FTMBA
The Mercer Society Andrew Humphreys PMBA-E
The Monarch School and Institute Andrew Nicholson PMBA-W
The Rose Zainab Kakli PMBA-E
The Women's Home Saryu Shah FTMBA
Theatre Under The Stars Julianne Katz FTMBA
Urban Enrichment Institute aka Fifth Ward Enrichment Program Thomas Deskin FTMBA
Workshop Houston Julie Cavanaugh PMBA-E
YMCA of Greater Houston - Weekley Family YMCA Center Miles Colley PMBA-E