The Alamo Endowment is dedicated to defending the Shrine of Texas Liberty and preserving its future.
The story of Texas — and the Alamo — is one of independence, sacrifice and courage. It’s a timeless story of heroes who died so that others might live free. It’s a universal story written in Texas, but read around the world. Join us.
The time has come to create a future for the Alamo as proud and as purposeful as its past. The Alamo Endowment is a private, nonprofit Texas corporation organized for charitable and educational purposes. It assists the General Land Office in the preservation, management, education, maintenance, operation and restoration of the Alamo Complex.
Board of Directors
George P. Bush
George Prescott Bush is a native Texan, born in Houston on April 24, 1976. He was elected Texas Land Commissioner on Nov. 4, 2014, earning more votes than any other statewide candidate on the ballot. Commissioner Bush took office on Jan. 2, 2015. As Texas Land Commissioner, he works to ensure Texas veterans get the benefits they’ve earned, oversees investments that earn billions of dollars for public education and manages state lands to produce the oil and gas that is helping make America energy independent. Commissioner Bush also watches over the Alamo and preserves historic archives at the General Land Office that date back to the Spanish Empire. Commissioner Bush has dedicated his life to public service, working as a public school teacher in Miami after graduating from Rice University and serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Commissioner Bush is a successful businessman. He joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP after earning his Juris Doctorate at the University of Texas School of Law. He subsequently co-founded Pennybacker Capital LLC, a real estate private equity firm, in 2007, and St. Augustine Partners LLC, a Fort Worth-based investment firm focused on oil and gas transactions and consulting for private businesses. Commissioner Bush is also committed to helping fellow Texans in his private life. He co-chaired a $30 million capital campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters in North Texas and served as the co-chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Celebration of Reading. He was the Tarrant County chairman for Uplift Education — a highly successful Dallas-based public charter network focused on closing the achievement gap in inner-city public schools. He also served on the Board of Trustees for the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Commissioner Bush is the grandson of President George H.W. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the nephew of President George W. Bush. He lives in Austin with his wife, Amanda, and their sons, Prescott and Jack.
A member of the San Antonio Leadership Hall of Fame and a native of the city, Hope Andrade brings transformative years of public service to the Alamo Endowment Board. Andrade has served as chairwoman of the Texas Transportation Commission, Secretary of State and as the commissioner representing employers on the Texas Workforce Commission. Appointed Secretary of State by Governor Perry in 2008, Andrade was the first Hispanic woman to hold the office. When she left the position in 2012 Andrade was the fourth longest serving Secretary of State in Texas’ history. Prior to serving in state office, Andrade was an entrepreneur and business owner in San Antonio and received the Lifetime Achievement award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Hope Andrade is serving as the Chair of the VIA Transit Authority in San Antonio.
A 6th generation Texan, Ramona Bass was born and raised in San Antonio in a family where the spirit of the Alamo and what it symbolized pervaded her childhood. She has been a lifelong student of history in general and Texas in particular. She and her husband Lee live in Fort Worth and along with various civic interests concentrate their philanthropy on wildlife conservation and education, not only in Texas, but nationally and internationally as well. Most recently, she has been involved with her hometown’s Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project, specifically the Mission Espada. She is an avid supporter and co-chair of the Fort Worth Zoo and has been the driving force behind its privatization and recognition as one of the top 5 zoos in the country.
Francisco G. Cigarroa M.D.
Francisco G. Cigarroa M.D., is a nationally renowned Pediatric and Transplant Surgeon and is a Commissioner on the White House initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. He also served on the selection committee for the National Medal of Science Recipients for the White House. Dr. Cigarroa served as President of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from 2000-2009 before being named the first Hispanic Chancellor of the University of Texas System. In January of 2015, he resigned from the role as Chancellor to become the director of Pediatric Transplant Surgery at the Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Born in Laredo, Texas, Dr. Cigarroa has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Yale University and a Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
James D. (Jim) Dannenbaum
James D. (Jim) Dannenbaum attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Dannenbaum currently serves as Chairman of Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation, a Texas-based consulting engineering firm. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with regional offices in Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, and McAllen, Dannenbaum employs over 220 people and is one of the most respected civil design firms in Texas. Governor Perry appointed Mr. Dannenbaum to the U.T. System Board of Regents in 2007.
Red McCombs is the founder of the Red McCombs Automotive Group, a co-founder of Clear Channel Communications, and a former owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, and the Minnesota Vikings. He is the namesake of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Southwestern University, and Chairman of the University of Texas’ M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. McCombs has owned nearly 400 businesses during his career.
A native of San Antonio, Lew Moorman received a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from Stanford La School. Moorman joined technology startup Rackspace Hosting in April 2000, serving in a variety of executive roles there over 14 years, including President and Chief Strategy Officer. He helped grow the company to $1.3 billion in annual sales. Moorman remains on the Board of Directors while pursuing new entrepreneurial endeavors in the technology space, including founding Techbloc, a tech economic development think tank in San Antonio. He is active in San Antonio, serving on several boards including Texas Biomed. You can follow him on Twitter @lewmoorman.
William Eugene (Gene) Powell
William Eugene “Gene” Powell earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Finance at The University of Texas at Austin while on a full athletic scholarship playing football under Coach Darrell K Royal. He served on The University of Texas System Board of Regents, from February 2009 until February 2015. During that time, he served as Chairman with the University of Texas System Board of Regents from 2011 through 2013. Powell is the founder of The Powell Companies real estate brokerage company and, co-founder of Bitterblue, Inc., real estate developers. Powell has served on the boards of several San Antonio organizations including the Real Estate Council, the Greater San Antonio Builders Association, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Responsible Growth Alliance, Los Compadres de la Missiones, and the Witte Museum.
Nancy Perot, a native of Dallas, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. She served on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust from 2003–2014, most recently as Vice-Chairman. In her early career, she worked for the Reagan Administration in the White House Presidential Personnel Office. Ms. Perot is a free-lance writer and served as a writer and Contributing Editor to Veranda magazine for 13 years. Currently, Nancy and her husband are Co-Chairing the We Believe Campaign for St. Philip’s School and Community Center in South Dallas. She served as Sweetheart Ball Board Chair and Co-Chaired the 2016 event that raised over $2 million for cardiovascular research at UT Southwestern Medical School. She serves on the boards of the Perot Foundation, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Episcopal School of Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and KERA. Ms. Perot Co-Chaired the Episcopal School of Dallas Head of School Search Committee and served on the search committees for the Vanderbilt Chancellor and the Hockaday School Head of School. She has been active in many organizations serving on the boards of The Dallas Symphony Association, The Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, and Southern Methodist University Tate Lecture Series among others. Professionally, Ms. Perot is involved in her family business and is a director of the Petrus Trust Company. Ms. Perot and her husband, Rod Jones, reside in Dallas and have six children.
Ambassador Jeanne Phillips
Ambassador Phillips is senior vice president of corporate affairs and international relations for Hunt Consolidated, Inc. She is responsible for managing all activities relating to local, state, national and international government affairs. She also oversees all media relations for Hunt Consolidated and its affiliates, including international media relations. In addition, she directs all activities related to political and charitable giving for Hunt Consolidated and its affiliates.
Ambassador Phillips also serves as president of Hunt Global Partnerships, Hunt Oil Company’s corporate social responsibility program that creates partnerships with not-for-profit entities, local residents and local, state and federal governments to produce sustainable projects that enhance the quality of life of the residents and communities where Hunt operates.
Appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, Ambassador Phillips led the U.S. Mission OECD from August 2001 until June 2003. Her primary policy interests were the enforcement of the Anti-Bribery Convention of the OECD, corporate governance and reforms of the OECD for the 21st Century. She also served as Executive Director of the 54th and then Chairman of the 55th Presidential Inaugural Committees. Prior to serving as U.S. Ambassador, she owned and operated one of the top high-dollar fundraising firms in the United States with both political and non-political clients.
Welcome W. Wilson, Jr.
Welcome W. Wilson, Jr. is Vice Chairman of the University of Houston System Board of Regents. Wilson is president and chief executive officer of GSL Welcome Group, a commercial real estate development firm. He also serves as developer with Kingham ∙ Dalton ∙ Wilson Ltd. and director of River Oaks Financial Group, Inc. He is very active in the community, serving in a variety of roles for the Southwest Houston Redevelopment Authority, the Houston Realty Business Coalition, the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the Houston Food Bank, the American Lung Association and the Greater Houston Partnership.