David Mendez will begin a two-year term as chair of the Houston Endowment board of directors in 2015. He has served as a director since 2006. Mr. Mendez will follow Linnet Deily as chair. Deily will continue to serve as a director.
Mr. Mendez is head of the Middle Market Specialized Industries group at JPMorgan Chase. He began his career at the bank after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in 1975. Mr. Mendez serves on the boards of Texas Children’s Hospital and Central Houston and is a Board member of the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business. His recent accomplishments and civic contributions include chairman of the Center for Houston’s Future for 2004-2005, member of the board of trustees and Executive Committee of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, where he served as a co-chairman of the 2003-2004 citywide fundraising campaign, and member of the Executive Committee of the Greater Houston Partnership. He has served on the Galveston-Houston Diocese Bishop’s Finance Council, the 2004 Super Bowl Host Committee and the board of directors of Catholic Charities. Mr. Mendez was the Honorary Chair of the Houston Urban League Gala for 2011, and the recipient of 2012 Avenue CDC Knobbie Award. In 2014, he and his wife, Terri, were recipients of the Career and Recovery Resources Barrier Breakers Award recognizing their years of volunteerism and community service.