Ann Stern became president of Houston Endowment on March 1, 2012. Most recently she was executive vice president of Texas Children's Hospital, where she managed inpatient clinical operations and administration and oversaw the development of the Pavilion for Women and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. Ms. Stern previously practiced law with Beck, Redden & Secrest and Andrews Kurth, and she taught business law at the University of St. Thomas. She earned her bachelor's and law degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service from The University of Texas School of Law. Ms. Stern chairs the board of St. John's School and serves as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.