Contact: Kathy Fenninger
Hess Club
5430 Westheimer
Houston, TX  77056
United States of America


Ann Stern is the President and CEO of Houston Endowment, a private foundation with assets totaling approximately $1.8 billion. Created by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937, Houston Endowment’s mission is to enhance the vibrancy of greater Houston and advance equity of opportunity for the people who live here. The Endowment invests approximately $80 million each year in organizations that support its mission. 

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2012, Ms. Stern was executive vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital. She previously served as vice president and general counsel for the Hospital. Prior to joining Texas Children’s, she was in private law practice and taught business law at the University of St. Thomas. 

Stern received her bachelor’s degree in Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She also received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Stern currently serves as a director on the boards of Invesco Funds, The University of Texas Law School Foundation, The Holdsworth Center and as chairman of the board of Good Reason Houston. She previously served as the chairman of the board of St. John’s School and on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Texas Children’s Hospital.

History Between Rotary Club of Houston and Houston Endowment

In 1993, a thirty year dream of the Rotary Club of Houston, following upon its providing free apartments to Rotarians from other countries undergoing treatment for cancer at the Texas Medical Center, became a successful fund raising reality with the completed construction of the $26 million Jesse H Jones Rotary House International, the largest project by a single Rotary club in history. The Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International is a patient housing facility exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of M. D. Anderson cancer patients and their families. It was made possible by grants from the Rotary Club of Houston and The Houston Endowment. Managed by Marriott Conference
Centers, this first class hotel is unique in the services and amenities it provides under one roof and in its seamless integration as a "partner in care" with M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, with easy access through an enclosed bridge over a major thoroughfare.