Meet the Team

Shannon Buggs

Shannon Buggs

Executive Director

An experienced and innovative communication strategist for higher education, healthcare and creative arts nonprofits, Shannon Buggs began her professional career as a daily newspaper reporter in Raleigh, N.C. She then worked for more than a decade as a Houston Chronicle business reporter and columnist, covering the airlines industry, banking and investment companies, and the nonprofit sector. Shannon’s passion for reading, writing and philanthropy led her to start in 2007 Meta-Four Houston, a poetry nonprofit promoting literacy and youth leadership. In 2012, she successfully merged Meta-Four into a larger literary arts nonprofit.

Shannon’s professional experience includes serving as Director of Communication for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston and as Director of Community and Public Relations at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Her civic leadership includes serving as a mayoral appointee on the Houston Arts Alliance board of directors and as a member of the HAA Grants, Audit, Programs + Services, Capacity Building, and Folklife + Traditional Arts committees.

A sixth generation Texan and a native Houstonian, Shannon earned a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature and language at Harvard University, a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University, and a personal financial planning certificate at the University of Houston.

Jacobi Ford

Jacobi Ford

Community Director

Jacobi Ford has a background in international communications and behavior change communications and has lived and worked in the Americas and South Pacific. Jacobi believes that the most sustainable decisions are made with, not merely for, the people who have to live with the daily consequences of those decisions. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer and Strategic Communications Officer for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services of Fiji, Jacobi moved to Houston to invest in and co-manage her sisters’ business centered on cultural inclusion and cultural currency.

Jacobi’s aim as Community Director is to nurture the integrity of CSI and elevate the incredible work of Houston’s arts and cultural practitioners with the empathy, equitable resources and management support they need to get things done.

Board

Marc Melcher
Marc Melcher

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith Inc.

President

Brad Bucher
Brad Bucher

Bucher Holdings LP 

Vice President

Barry Mandel
Barry Mandel

Discovery Green

Secretary

Adrian Patterson
Adrian Patterson

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Treasurer

Thain-Allen
Thain Allen

Vacations

To Go

Joe Dilg
Joe Dilg

Community Volunteer

Hadia Mawlawi
Hadia Mawlawi

Arab American Cultural Center

Frances Valdez
Frances Valdez

FValdezLaw PC/

United We Dream

Fabene Welch
Fabené Welch

Community Volunteer