We are working closely with Rice University to monitor the continued impact of Covid-19 on our community. The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priority. All gatherings at Baker Hall through April 30 have been canceled. A current list of scheduled online events is available at bakerinstitute.org/events and will be updated with new webcasts and webinars. Please refer to emergency.rice.edu/coronavirus for additional information and updates.
Elena M. Marks, J.D., M.P.H., is the president and chief executive officer of the Episcopal Health Foundation, a $1.3 billion nonprofit based in Houston, Texas. The foundation works to improve the health and well-being of the 11 million people of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, which covers 57 counties in east, southeast and central Texas and includes Austin, Houston, Beaumont, Lufkin, Tyler, Waco and Bryan-College Station. Marks is also a nonresident fellow in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, where her work focuses on health reform and access to care for low-income and uninsured populations. She serves on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, the largest national organization serving the field of health philanthropy; Harris Health System, an integrated health delivery system serving over 300,000 patients annually; and Community Health Choice, a nonprofit, community-based health insurance company with over 400,000 members. Her previous professional experience includes serving as the director of health and environmental policy for the City of Houston, consulting in the health care industry with large systems and community-based providers, starting and directing a successful legal placement firm, and practicing trial and appellate law with major Texas law firms. Marks holds a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and a Master of Public Health from The University of Texas School of Public Health.