Houston Public Media launched the Young Leaders Council in May 2018, bringing together a diverse group of young professionals with a personal connection to public media.

The launch marked a new chapter in the station’s history, one that thrives on deepened community relationships and engaging future generations. The Young Leaders Council represents a cross section of the communities Houston Public Media serves, and works to spread its mission.

Meet the 2019-2021 Class

Arcy Muñoz, Community Relations Manager, Houston First Corporation
Elizabeth Fletcher, Owner of Wordsmith Resume Writing and Interview Prep, LLC
Dr. Hamed Hamedifar, Innovation Manager, Accenture
Chelbi Mims, Government Affairs Manager, One World Strategy Group
Dr. Kirandeep Kaur, Board Certified Psychiatrist, Kaur Psychiatry
Cara Striegold, Corporate Risk Specialist, Bechtel
Joseph Brettell, Partner, Strategic Engagement, Prosody Group
Dr. Matthew Berg, CEO & Principal Scientist, Simfero Consultants
Brittany Hyman, Public Information Officer, Housing & Community Development Department, City of Houston
Melanie Pang, Government Relations Officer, Houston Food Bank
Chelsea Sanford, Corporate Communications Advisor, Chevron North America
Hareem Shahzad, Human Resource Generalist, Fashion Face Salon
Dr. David McClendon, Principal, January Advisors
Upasana Bhatia, Lead Senior Strategic Planner/Reservoir Engineer, Noble Energy
Jeffrey Whitley, LNG Commercial Cargo Operator, Shell LNG Marketing andTrading
Aaron Perez, Process Control Engineer, INEOS Olefins & Polymers
Patricia Vela, Project Engineer, Pepperl+Fuchs
Whitney Radley, Account Manager, CKP
Dr. Meredith Austin, Coordinator of Advanced Academics, Humble ISD
AmyJo “AJ” Foreman, J.D. Candidate 2020, University of Houston Law Center
Check out the Inaugural Class

Meet the Inaugural Class

Dr. Lee Edwards
Kathryn McLaurin
Kevin King
Madyson Chavez
Mercedes Sanchez
Brian Wood
Chelsea Jones
Grace Rodriguez
Jeff Reichman
John Boerstler
JX Loh
Max Moll
Michael Quirke
Dr. Yolanda E. Norman
César Giralt
Lara Cottingham

Brand Ambassadors in Action

As some of the station's greatest ambassadors out in the community, members of the council share their personal public media stories and encourage others to listen, watch, engage, and support Houston Public Media.

Defining Success

If selected to participate in the council, you must commit to attending quarterly meetings, as well as participate in various activation efforts such as:


Brainstorming meetings and focus groups with staff and key station stakeholders


Networking gatherings with HPM staff and HPM Foundation Board


Promoting station-wide campaigns as well as new programming and content initiatives

Deepened Involvement

Members of the council represent a new generation of public media supporters and offer insight on ways to reach new audiences.

Learn More

If you want more information about becoming a future partner to further the station’s mission in the Greater Houston area, contact youngleaders@houstonpublicmedia.org.

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