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


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.


A native of Argentina and business litigator for over 25 years, Sofia Adrogué is Senior Counsel at Gray Reed & McGraw LLP.  She represents clients in all industries, ranging from entrepreneurs in rural Texas to multinational conglomerates with diversified worldwide business holdings. Sofia is a frequent speaker (over 125 speeches) and publisher (over 120 articles) and creator and editor of the Texas Business Litigation treatise. An alumna of the Harvard Business School OPM, she served as the first female U.S. Keynote Graduation Speaker for HBS OPM as well as U.S. Class Representative.  She is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Houston Law Center, both on full academic scholarships.

She is one of "The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers" and "Top Latino Partners in the U.S.,”  Latino Leaders Magazine; a "Woman of Influence," National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section; a "Texas Super Lawyer";  a Texas Lawyer Top "40 Under 40"; a National Diversity Council "Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas"; a Greater Houston Women's Chamber Hall of Fame Inductee; a Texas Executive Women "Woman on the Move"; a Houston Chronicle Channel 11 "Texas Legend"; a Houston Jaycees "Outstanding Houstonian"; a Texas Jaycees "Outstanding Texan"; and  a U.S. Jaycees "Outstanding Young American"; among other recognitions.

Sofia has chaired numerous events for diverse non-profit entities, and serves and/or has served on a number of non-profit Corporate Boards.  Sofia is the Co-Founder & Co-Chair of the  Youth Leadership Forum, held for the last thirteen  plus years at Rice University with the motto of Engage, Educate, Empower: By Service We Lead.   Sofia is Co-Host & Co-Producer of Latina Voices: Smart Talk.  Sofia has been recognized for her public service by the City of Houston with July 10, 2004 as “Sofia Adrogué Day.”

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 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.



Nicki Keenan is a recognized and respected leader in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Keenan who is senior vice president of sales for Landry’s, Inc. has built a reputation as a top performing sales and marketing professional. Her impressive skills include identifying and capturing market opportunities, revenue management, strategic planning, and improving profit contributions.

She has provided strategic direction for the Landry's Inc. Hospitality Division which includes: The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, Galveston Island Hilton, Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach, The Westin Houston Downtown, The Post Oak at Uptown Houston, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Golden Nugget Laughlin, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Golden Nugget Biloxi, and Golden Nugget Lake Charles. In addition, Keenan delivers valuable sales leadership for Landry's Inc. group sales/private dining services, which includes such highly acclaimed concepts as Morton's Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick's, Mastro's, Bubba Gump, Oceanaire, Rainforest Cafe and Landry's Seafood House.

Prior to joining Landry’s, Keenan was director of sales and marketing at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. She is a former board member of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau serving from 2005 until 2017. In 2014, she was named one of the Top 25 Business Women in Houston by the National Diversity Council. She is an active member of the Executive Women Partnership of the Greater Houston Partnership and serves on the Executive Leadership team of the American Heart Paul Bear Bryant 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 Morgan is an accomplished lawyer and investment banker with 18 years of experience and over $15 billion in financings advising and structuring municipal transactions 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 managing 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 serves or previously served as a board member for Midtown Arts and Theater Center, South Texas College of Law Alumni Association, Houston Area Urban League, Project Row Houses and the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston among others.  She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, National Association of Compliance Professionals, National Association of Securities Professionals, National Council of Public Private Partnerships, Women and Public Finance, The Links, Inc and a graduate of Center for Houston’s Future.  

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 and Convention operations 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.


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


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.


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.