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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.

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2023-2024 Board Fellows

Organization Student Program
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston Madison Hess PMBA-W
Capital IDEA Nate Weiss PMBA-W
Catastrophic Theatre Soham Malik FTMBA
Child Care Council Alexandra Post FTMBA
Children at Risk Aishwarya Bannore* FTMBA
Chinquapin Prep Peter Pham PMBA-E
Cullinan Park Conservancy Kaitlin Sivell PMBA-W
Cy-Hope Crystal Usoro PMBA-E
EMERGE Fellowship Alok Priyadarshi FTMBA
Family Point Resources Vanessa Alejandro FTMBA
Family-to-Family Network Laetitia Beygue* FTMBA
Fresh Arts Houston Jocelyn Gutierrez FTMBA
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Adrienne Miller FTMBA
Girls Inc.  Ann Louise Broostin PMBA-W
Have Shears Will Travel Kayode Ayinla FTMBA
Houston Angel Network Sonam Aidasani FTMBA
Houston Chamber Choir Sunil Meti FTMBA
Houston Community ToolBank Jordan Boni PMBA-E
Houston Health Foundation Lina Osorio PMBA-W
Houston reVision Bukky Aloba FTMBA
Houston Zoo Kevin Chiu FTMBA
Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston Harold Olaya PMBA-W
Junior Achievement  Jerrica Givens PMBA-W
Keep Houston Beautiful Dana Vazquez FTMBA
Literacy Now Karla Arriaga* PMBA-W
Main Street Ministries Mark Buscovich PMBA-W
Medical Bridges Rishabh Lohray FTMBA
Mercer Society Michael Zimmerman PMBA-W
Methodist Retirement Communities Board Tareck Haykal FTMBA
Musiqa Ashleigh Rogers FTMBA
Nature Discovery Center David Murphy PMBA-W
Plant it Forward Amy Tanguay FTMBA
Red Cross - Houston Kirby Ross PMBA-E
Search Homeless Jahnavi Gudi FTMBA
SER Jobs Sonia Miyazono FTMBA
SIRE Swetambari Arabolu FTMBA
Target Hunger Michael Bucek PMBA-E
Texas Nurses Association’s District 9 Board Jessica Hanson PMBA-W
The HEART Program Sean Anderson FTMBA
The Monatch School Claudia Ruiz PMBA-E
The Nehemiah Center Haleigh Howe PMBA-W
The Rose Isha Vaishampayan FTMBA
The Women's Home Casey Turner* FTMBA
Urban Enrichment Institute Pharohl Charles PMBA-E
YMCA Matt Williams EMBA 

*Board Fellows Leadership
Chief Executive Officer: Karla Arriaga, PMBA-W
Chief Development Officer: Casey Turner, FTMBA
Chief Operating Officer: Laetitia Beyegue Mafoma, FTMBA
Chief Marketing Officer: Aishwarya Bannore, FTMBA