Grace Ruiz

Graciela joined Avenue in 2020. As Client Services Coordinator, she provides customer service and support for prospective clients in the Education and Counseling departments. She has a background in non-profit management and the arts, having worked at Rothko Chapel, American Institute of Architects, and Cultural Arts department at the City...

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Madiha Haque

Madiha joined Avenue as the Grants Coordinator in 2020. Madiha has ten years of experience working with immigrant communities in educational, nonprofit, philanthropy, and higher ed administration sectors. She has experience working in outreach, program planning, direct services, and grant administration. Most recently, she worked in an immigrant specific domestic...

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Justine Welch

Justine joined Avenue as Development Associate in 2020.  She has worked in development for over fifteen years, managing a variety of projects and events.  Justine holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston, Downtown.

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Deborah Tesar

Deborah, a Registered Nurse, joined the board in 2002. She lives in Avenue’s target area, is active with GO Neighborhoods and B.O.N.D. (Fifth Ward Blocks Organizing Neighborhood Defense) civic club, and serves as the Community Outreach Committee Chair.

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Yuraima Rodriguez

Yuraima Rodriguez is currently the Vice President, Texas Portfolio Manager at Amerant Bank, formerly Mercantil Bank. In this role, which she has held for over 2 years, she is responsible for the asset quality of the Bank’s loan portfolio. Yuraima’s has been with Amerant since 2004 and has held positions...

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Kyle Shelton

Kyle Shelton joined the board in 2019 after serving on the Avenue Building Committee for several years. He is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research where he leads research on housing and urban development, transportation and placemaking, as well as on urban and...

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Mark Parthie

Mark joined the board in 1992, shortly after the organization’s founding, and has been a resident of our target area since 1987. He has restored 11 historic housing units in the area. Mark is a small business consultant and also serves on the City of Houston Building and Standards Commission.

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