We are pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to YES Prep’s Board of Directors. They bring tremendous experience as leaders in business and law and demonstrate a commitment to education. With their addition to our Board, we are confident that we will continue to lead Houston forward and fulfill our goal of quadrupling the number of YES Prep college-ready graduates by 2020. Read more about each of them below.
Eric R. Calderon
Born in Houston, Texas, Eric R. Calderon serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of LK Industries - a niche manufacturer of oil testing equipment. In 2012, Mr. Calderon had the privilege of working for House Speaker John Boehner on energy policy and legislation. In 2014, he co-founded the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance and continues his work within the Alumni Community by serving on the Global Alumni Board for Harvard Business School. In 2017, Mr. Calderon formally joined the admissions team at the Harvard Business School and is primarily focused on increasing outreach to underrepresented minorities. Mr. Calderon earned his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.
Luis Elizondo-Thomson serves as Senior Director at Safal Partners (Sanskrit for “good outcomes”) a management consulting firm enabling education reform nationally and locally. Headquartered in Houston their clients range from the Department of Education and the
Texas Education Association to foundations and non-profits located across the country. Previously, he served Teach for America (“TFA”) from 2013 through 2016 as the Houston Executive Director, leading one of the largest and most tenured regions in the country. His previous experience includes five years as an investment banker specializing in infrastructure finance and several years working in local and national politics —including two presidential campaigns. Mr. Elizondo-Thomson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hobart College and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.,
Melanie Montague Trent
Melanie Montague Trent most recently served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for a global provider of drilling services, Rowan Companies plc. Ms. Trent served at Rowan more than 11 years in various capacities, prior to retiring in mid-2017 to pursue non-profit endeavors. She currently serves on the Board of New Hope Housing and has previously served on the Audit and Compensation Committees of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System and on the Board and Executive Committee of the Hermann Park Conservancy. Ms. Trent received a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University.