The Human Capital Support Council Behind successful students are talented and dedicated teachers, principals, administrators, and the people preparing and supporting them. The Human Capital Support Council works to improve cradle-to-career student outcomes by collectively strengthening the quality of the educator pipeline, developing and retaining effective educators, and elevating education as a revered profession. Meeting monthly, members include human resource leaders from area school districts, their higher education and alternative certification talent partners, private sector businesses, and foundations.
Sarah Cotton Nelson
Chairman Emeritus, Container Store
By 1976, Boone, an avid woodworker as well, was determined to start his own business. Leaving his job, Boone and two friends, Dallas architect John Mullen, and Kip Tindell (Chairman and CEO), a colleague from Montgomery Ward and Storehouse, discussed the idea of opening a handmade furniture store. After two years of creating furniture prototypes, preparing cost analyses and investigating companion products, they scrapped this home furnishings idea for an original retail concept: a store devoted entirely to storage and organization products for the home. The idea came to Boone following a visit to a home improvement show in Dallas in January, 1978. Tindell, Boone and Mullen decided to open a retail store offering an exceptional and eclectic mix of products devoted to helping people simplify their lives. Before the store was opened, the initial name “Basics” was changed to a more suitable and exciting name for their unique venture – The Container Store. With the unique and innovative products selected, The Container Store’s first location at Preston Road and Forest Lane in North Dallas was unveiled on July 1, 1978.
Boone’s love for retailing remains true today. That bug that bit him in 1969 is still apparent. As Chairman Emeritus, he frequently visits the company’s 56 stores to work the sales floor and to interact with customers and employees. His commitment to maintaining the company’s unique culture has played a vital role in The Container Store being selected by FORTUNE magazine as a “Best Company to Work For” 13 years in a row. In 2006, along with Kip and Sharon Tindell (Chief Merchandising Officer), Boone was inducted into the Retailing Hall of Fame. In his role as Chairman Emeritus at The Container Store, he attends all new store openings, major celebrations and cultural events as well as conducting ‘Selling with Garrett’ seminars
In 2006, Garrett Boone co-founded Texas Business for Clean Air in an effort to derail a fast track initiative to construct 11 coal-burning energy plants in North Texas using out dated air quality controls. Their efforts in promoting ‘clean air is good for business in Texas’ have been heralded nationally and recently were the subject of a Robert Redford documentary Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars. Texas Business for Clean Air was 2010 recipient of the CATEE Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year. In 2007 Boone was First runner-up for Texan of the Year awarded by The Dallas Morning News.
Boone sits on the Boards of the YMCA of the USA and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas where he just concluded a successful $28 million capital campaign as chairman. He is on the Board of Directors for The Woodall Rogers Park Foundation, Trinity Trust Foundation, The Boone Family Foundation, North Texas Commission Clean Air Task Force and TreeHouse, Inc. He is highly involved in the Trinity Paddling Trails and Bird Count Initiatives and is a member of the advisory board for The Dallas Women’s Foundation, Teach for America. He is an advocate for public education and served on the Dallas ISD Star Commission to share business best practices with DISD.
Senior Fellow, Bellwether Education Partners
Alex earned her BA from Lake Forest College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in Political Science and History, captained the women’s varsity swim team, and served as Student Government president.
Executive Director of Human Resources, Grand Prairie Independent School District
Senior Director of Strategic People Initiatives, Uplift Education
With over eight years HR experience ranging from HR Assistant at Dallas Housing Authority to HR Generalist at United Way, Rhonda joined Uplift Education, a growing charter school organization as the Director of Human Resources standardizing processes on compensation, benefits, compliance reporting, employee relations and personnel transactions. She soon moved into her current position with the growing demand to recruit, retain and reward valuable staff.
Rhonda holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and MBA from Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Dallas. She also maintains an active membership with SHRM and Dallas HR. Rhonda also had the honor of being selected to participate in the inaugural class of the KIPP Leadership Design Fellowship 2012, which brought a dynamic group of reform-minded educators, engaged in a community practice around effective principal hiring and development programs.
Ass. Superintendent of Achievement and Organizational Management, Lancaster Independent School District
Roosevelt teaches three simple principles to his students; make people happy to see you coming and not going, be dependable, and be productive. His passion is to cultivate a school district environment where young men and young women are encouraged to mature into responsible adults.
Roosevelt was born and raised in Langston, Oklahoma. Education comes naturally to Roosevelt; his dad, Roosevelt Sr., was an educator for 46 years and his mom, Barbara, was a teacher for 36 years. In 1990, Roosevelt majored in Education while attending Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Virginia, on a football scholarship. He later graduated from college in 1995 and realized his life-long dream of playing professional football. However, his football career was quickly halted due to an injury and he found himself executing his “back-up plan”, using his degree in education.
In 1996 he began his teaching and coaching career with Dallas Independent School District and later, in 2001, he found his way to the principalship with Lancaster Independent School District. He has served as Assistant Principal at Lancaster Jr. High and Lancaster High School. He later moved, in 2005, to become Principal at Lancaster Middle School. His last campus position was Principal of Lancaster High School for four years. He currently serves the students, staff, and community as Assistant Superintendent of Achievement and Organizational Management; and is completing a doctoral degree from Texas A&M University – Commerce.
Rainwater Charitable Foundation (RCF)
Within education, the mission of the RCF is to help the nation’s most underserved students with a focus on a) expanding high-quality early childhood education options for parents, b) promoting high-quality school leadership and c) supporting cradle to career efforts in North Texas and South Carolina. The foundation also recently began making grants to efforts in India and East Africa.
Prior to joining Rainwater, Jeremy worked in management consulting for four years, first with McKinsey & Company, serving clients in consumer packaged goods, technology and health care; and later as an Associate Director with DenuoSource LLC, primarily in marketing and organizational design.
Prior to McKinsey, Jeremy worked in operations research at Merck & Co., where he managed global ops improvement projects in both Latin America and Asia. Jeremy is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Divinity School. He received his BS in engineering from the University of Arkansas. He currently serves as a board member at East Dallas Community Schools and the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health.
Managing Director of Partnerships & Human Capital, TFA – DFW