Ann Stern is the President and CEO of Houston Endowment, a private foundation with assets totaling approximately $1.6 billion. Houston Endowment was created by Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones in 1937. The Endowment’s mission is to enhance the vibrancy of greater Houston and advance equity of opportunity for the people who live here. Houston Endowment invests approximately $80 million each year in organizations that support and promote arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services. Since its inception, the Foundation has contributed more than $1.6 billion.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2012, Ms. Stern was executive vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital, where she managed inpatient clinical operations and legal services, and oversaw the development of the Pavilion for Women and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research institute. She previously served as vice president and general counsel for the Hospital. Prior to joining Texas Children’s, she practiced law with Beck, Redden & Secrest and Andrews Kurth, and she 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 her Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2011, she received the Law School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service.
Stern currently serves as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and is a past president of the Junior League of Houston. She previously served as the chairman of St. John’s School and on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas–Houston Branch, Texas Children’s Hospital, Episcopal Health Charities, and Phi Beta Kappa—Houston Chapter.
She and Karl Stern, an attorney at Quinn Emanuel, are the proud parents of Margaret and Carter Stern (Beth Taylor Stern), and grandson, Fitz.