Board of Directors

Board Chairman

David M. Mincberg

David Mincberg is chairman of Houston First and chief executive officer of Flagship Properties Corporation.

Since 1977, Mr. Mincberg has been directly involved in the development and construction of more than 30,000 multi-family units in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Georgia. Additionally, as managing partner of Flagship Capital Partners and a member of its investment committee, he has helped provide commercial lending for middle market real estate transactions.

A longtime public servant, Mr. Mincberg has been involved in numerous civic initiatives. He is considered a leading authority on the housing industry and real estate lending. He served as the Mayor’s Special Assistant for Multi-Family Housing Policy in 2006-2007, coordinating policy and implementation for the three housing agencies of the City of Houston. From 2009-2012, he chaired the board of commissioners for the Houston Housing Authority.

From 1994-1998, he was chairman of the Harris County Democratic Party.

Mr. Mincberg currently serves or has previously served in board and leadership capacities for many local organizations, including Houston  Museum of  Natural  Science,  University of Texas  Health Science Center, Jewish Family Service Foundation, Houston Child Guidance Center, DePelchin Children's Center, Jewish Community Center, American Jewish Committee, Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, and Houston Southwest 2000 (founder).

Among the honors he has received include Jewish Federation of Greater Houston's Young Leadership Award in 1991, NAACP Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award in 1994, University of Texas Tejas Club Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001, American Jewish Committee (Houston) Max H. Nathan Human Relations Award in 2003 and Planned Parenthood Award for Outstanding Service in 2006.

In 2015-2016, he was selected to chair newly elected Mayor Sylvester Turner’s transition team, an endeavor that engaged the participation of 300 community members.

Mr. Mincberg is a graduate of the University of Texas (BA, 1971; JD, 1975).

Board of Directors

SOFIA ADROGUE

Sofia Androgué is senior counsel at Gray Reed where she handles complex commercial litigation and multi-party proceedings in state and federal courts. She has received a string of recognition for her legal work, including Top Latino Partners in the U.S., Texas Super Lawyer, Houston’s Top Lawyers and Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women. Ms. Androgué is peer review rated- -AV Preeminent- -the highest ranking by Martindale-Hubbell, the gold standard in attorney ratings.

In addition to her career achievements, Ms. Androgué also has been recognized for the time and energy she spends volunteering in the Houston community. She serves on the advisory boards of Theatre Under the Stars, United Way, The Chinquapin School and Girls, Inc. of Greater Houston to name a few. 

Ms. Androgué is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and an aluma of the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management Program.

Alex Brennan-Martin

Alex Brennan-Martin’s entire professional career has been spent in and around the kitchen. In fact, he and his family are members of the Culinary Institute of America’s Hall of Fame.

Mr. Brennan-Martin has been president of the acclaimed restaurant Brennan’s of Houston for more than two decades, earning numerous accolades in the process. He grew up in the revered New Orleans establishment Commander’s Palace, which was owned and run by his mother, Ella Brennan, and where he interacted with such celebrated chefs as Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse.

Mr. Brennan-Martin attended Louisiana State University before graduating with honors from the La Varrene culinary school in Paris.

ELIZABETH GONZALEZ BROCK

Elizabeth Gonzalez Brock is director of local relations for CenterPoint Energy. Her story starts in Monterrey, Mexico where she was born, however. she was raised in Texas and considers herself a proud Houstonian. 

Her career in government has taken her from congressional intern to legislative aide in Houston and Austin, then on to becoming district director for the Dean of the Texas Senate. Ms. Gonzalez Brock is recognized for her ability to develop strategic solutions to achieve public policy goals. She has successfully coordinated legislative agendas, community activites and campaign strategies. 

Ms. Gonzalez Brock is a dedicated community leader serving on the boards of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Greater Houston Area Women’s Chamber, Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement. 

She is married to Andy Brock and they have two boys, John and Owen.

 

KATY CALDWELL

Katy Caldwell is executive director of the Legacy Community Health Services, Inc., Houston, a not-for-profit community health care clinic. Ms. Caldwell has expanded the agency from an exclusively HIV clinic to the largest federally qualified health center in the Houston area. Prior to her joining Legacy, Ms. Caldwell served as the elected treasurer of Harris County and as a partner in a government relations and political consulting firm.

Ms. Caldwell currently serves on the board of directors for AIDS Action Council, Harris County Health Care Alliance, National Coalition for LGBT Health and is an alumna of American Leadership Forum, Leadership Houston, Texas Lyceum.

Ms. Caldwell received a bachelor of science from the University of Houston and completed her post-graduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She chairs the board's Audit and Finance Committee.

Ryan Martin

In the few years since graduating from Harvard Law School in 2015, Ryan Martin has achieved a number of professional milestones. He is currently an associate with Vinson & Elkins LLP in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets group. He serves as strategy and operations advisor for LDR Investment Group in Washington, D.C. 

Mr. Martin was a legislative intern for Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, political communications intern with LSU Chancellor’s Office of External Affairs, SEO corporate law intern with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, and a summer associate with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. As owner of Parrain Martin LLC, he managed a team of five in distribution of packaged food products.   

He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, after completing a course at Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing, China. While at Harvard, Mr. Martin served as president of the Harvard Asia Law Society where he organized a delegation trip to Taiwan for meetings with both the current and former Presidents of the Republic of China.

Through the organization Emerge, Mr. Martin serves as an academic and career mentor for high school students. 

DESRYE M. MORGAN

Desrye Morgan is an accomplished lawyer and investment banker with 15 years of experience, advising and structuring municipal financings for housing, transportation, airport, water and sewer systems and other public benefit projects. As a lawyer, her area of practice consisted of public finance, corporate and business transactions with concentration on business acquisitions, dispositions and regulatory compliance.

Ms. Morgan is currently a director with Wells Fargo Securities. Her specialties include a restructure/repurchase finance product, advising public/private partnership ventures and transit-oriented development projects. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she was a director with the municipal finance group of UBS Investment Bank and a vice president with Banc of America Securities.

Ms. Morgan is currently a member of the State Bar of Texas, National Association of Compliance Professionals, National Association of Securities Professionals, National Council of Public Private Partnerships, and Women and Public Finance. She is also serves on the board of directors for the Houston Area Urban League.

Ms. Morgan earned a bachelor of science in political science from the University of Houston and juris doctor from South Texas College of Law. She chairs the Houston First board's Theater Committee.

Paul J. Puente

Paul J. Puente is the executive secretary and a delegate of the Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council representing construction local unions.

He began his career in the electrical industry in 1990 in chemical refineries along the Gulf Coast. He earned a degree in electrical technology from  San  Jacinto  Junior College.

Mr. Puente is also a delegate for the Harris County AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and the Houston Construction Industry Council and a member of the Houston Business Roundtable, the Greater Houston Partnership  and numerous other business organizations.

He has also served on committees for Pasadena Independent School District, San Jacinto Community College and was co-chair of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s executive transition team.

Bobby V. P. Singh

Bobby Singh is a founding principal of Isani Consultants, a Houston-based firm that provides civil engineering design, construction management and inspection services for public- and private-sector projects.

Mr. Singh has served as a liaison between the Sikh and other Indian/Asian communities. He has worked with the Houston Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in outreach programs and was regional director of the Sikh American Legal Defense Fund. He is a founding board member of Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston, a non-profit that provides non-governmental funding to Houston fire fighters.

Mr. Singh served on Mayor Sylvester Turner’s executive transition team and on Mayor Lee P. Brown’s advisory board for international affairs and development (1998-2004).

Jay Tatum

Jay Tatum serves as management principal for the Texas practices of the global architecture firm HOK.  He is responsible for the strategic director of HOK’s Gulf Coast region, including operations in Houston, Dallas and Tampa and serves on the company’s management board and board of directors. 

Throughout his career, Mr. Tatum has worked on projects around the globe for corporate, healthcare, government, education and research/development industries. He is a member of the American Institute of Architecture, and on the advisory board of his alma mater, Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture. 

Mr.Tatum is a strong community advocate, demonstrating his leadership abilities by serving on several local building committees and community boards, including Preservation Houston.

GERALD WOMACK

For over 30 years, Gerald Womack, President and Chief Executive Officer of Womack Development & Investment has served the Houston and surrounding communities through its full-service commercial and residential brokerage firm. The office located at 4212 Almeda Road, is in the heart of the redeveloped business district in the historic "Third Ward."  Mr. Womack, a native Houstonian who attended Texas Southern University, was one of the first investors in the legendary neighborhood.

He has an extensive record of community service and recognition for his commitment to Houston. Mr. Womack has served as the immediate past president of the Houston Black Real Estate Association; Harris County Housing Authority, board member; Mental Health and Mental Retardation, board member; Houston Association of Realtors, member; 2014 D-MARS Top 50 Black Professionals & Entrepreneurs, honoree; 2013 Texas Southern University Legends & Leaders Business Trendsetter, honoree; and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., to name a few.

Mr. Womack has consistently worked with inner-city neighborhoods to improve the “quality of life” for its residents by focusing on community development, revitalization, and economic development. 

Jay Zeidman

Jay S. Zeidman is a Managing Partner at Resolute Venture Partners, a Texas based healthcare venture capital firm. Mr. Zeidman serves on the non-profit boards of the following organizations: Houston First Corporation, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, The Small Business Advisory Task Force for the State of Texas, Emancipation Park, and the Texas Israel Chamber of Commerce. Before joining RVP, Mr. Zeidman was the Director of Business Development for U.S. Capital Advisors and served as an aide to President George W. Bush at the White House. Mr. Zeidman was named to the Houston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” class in 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from TCU, where he also served as Student Body President, and his M.B.A. from the Jesse Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Mr. Zeidman has a history of government service, including a stint as an aide in the administration of President George W. Bush in the Office of Public Liaison. He was recently appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Small Business Advisory Task Force for the state of Texas. Mr. Zeidman was also appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Department of State Health Services Board and the 2011 Texas Inaugural Committee. 

Mr. Zeidman’s community service is also extensive. He is on the board of several non-profits, including Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, TCU National Alumni Association and the Emancipation Park Conservancy. Among his honors, Mr. Zeidman was named to the Houston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 class in 2014 and was recognized as the Houston Grand Opera’s Young Professional of the Year.

He is married to Anat, and they have one young daughter, Ayelet. 

City Council Ex Officio Directors

DAVE MARTIN

Representing District E, Dave Martin was first elected to Houston City Council in November 2012. He considers public safety, fiscal responsibility and economic development his cornerstone priorities.

Mr. Martin, a graduate of Louisiana State University, serves as a managing director of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., and previously worked for two large “Big Four” accounting firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and Ernst & Young, LLP.

DAVID W. ROBINSON

An at-large (Position 2) member of Houston City Council, David Robinson was appointed to the City of Houston Planning Commission by Mayor Bill White in 2007 and re-appointed by Mayor Annise Parker in 2009 – becoming the first licensed architect to serve the city as a commissioner since the 1970s.

Mr. Robinson received a bachelors degree in architecture from Yale College and earned a master of architecture degree from Rice University in 1993. In 1999, he started his own company as a sole practitioner with an emphasis on building large commercial and institutional buildings.