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Advisory Board 2016

The Hobby Center for Public Policy (HCPP) is supported by an advisory board of members prominent in business and civic affairs. HCPP maintains cooperative relationships with numerous entities in higher education, public service, and the private sector.

HCPP Advisory Board Bylaws

2016 Members

Alice Aanstoos, Chair

Senator Don Adams (retired)

Ramona Adams

Susan Backes, Susan Backes, M.D.

Laura Beckworth, Hobby Communications, Inc

Lynne Barlow Bentsen, PVCAP Advisors

Michelle Bouchard, HealthCorps

Rogene Calvert, Outreach Strategists

John Cryer III, Page Southerland Page, LLP

Charles Foster, FosterQuanLLP

Deborah Hance, BB&T

Harry Hayes, City of Houston

Bill Hobby, Hobby Communications, Inc

Paul Hobby, NRG

Powell Hutton, US Army (retired)

Beverly Kaufman, Harris County (retired)

Melissa Kean, PhD, Rice University

Stephen Klineberg, PhD, Rice University

Alison Leland, University of Houston

Kathryn McNiel, K. Chase Consulting

Catherine Clark Mosbacher, Center for Houston's Future

Mark Nitcholas, Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co.

Beth Robertson, W.E. Robertson Interests

Elaine Rogers, Rogers Moore Engineers, LLC

Graciela Saenz, Saenz & Burkhardt, PLLC

Ashley Smith, Houston Community College

Saralee Tiede, Former Director of Communications at the Wildflower Center

Keith Wade, One World Strategy

Governor Mark White, Geovox Security, Inc.

Claudia Williamson, PGAL

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Ramona Davis

Ramona Davis

Ramona Davis is a forty year resident of Houston and a fifth generation Texan.

She has served as a board member of the Hobby Center for Public Policy since January 2010 and been actively involved in several other local community organizations, including but not limited to serving on the Board of MECA (Multi-ethnic Counseling in the Arts), for seven years. She was actively involved in MECA's mentor program at the same time. She has served on the Mayor's Committee for Preservation of City Hall and the Mayor's History Task Force; the Selection Committee for the redevelopment of several city-owned historic buildings; the Texas Avenue Project, Phase II; the Historic Resources Committee of the American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter; the Advisory Board for the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston; the San Jacinto Museum Board of Directors; the Gulf Coast Journal Board of Directors; The Houston Club Board of Directors; and the Steering Committee for the Houston Metropolitan Survey. She is also a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas and the Houston Philosophical Society. She has served for 20 years as member of the Advisory Council for the Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. “Ramona [Davis] is an ideal board member. Since coming on board she has provided indispensable leadership not only in research projects, but also in recruitment and strategy” says Jim Granato, director of the Hobby Center for Public Policy.

During her spare time Ramona is an avid painter and reader. She also enjoys fly fishing, biking, and reading novels out loud with her son Ben, who is a graduate student at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.