Advisory Boards

Board of Directors

East Foundation’s Board of Directors are senior-level leaders that hold a deep understanding of cattle ranching, land management, wildlife conservation, business, and management. They provide oversight, direction, and advice to the Foundation’s leadership team. They understand the legacy of ranching in South Texas and the Foundation’s importance in contributing to the future of science and education.



Professional Advisors Group

East Foundation’s Professional Advisors are experts in wildlife management, rangeland ecology, ranch management, livestock management, and veterinary science. They are responsible for advising the Foundation’s managers and scientists on the content and direction of Foundation’s research, education, and outreach efforts.


Lynn Drawe, PhD

Former Director of the Welder Wildlife Foundation

David Hewitt, PhD

Executive Director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

Clay Hilton, DVM

Associate Professor & Director for Veterinary Technology

Roel Lopez, PhD

Director of the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute

Rick Machen, PhD

Professor & Endowed Chair in Ranch Management at KRIRM

Clay Mathis, PhD

Director and Endowed Chair of KRIRM


Investment Committee

East Foundation’s Investment Committee are distinguished investment and finance professionals. They are responsible for the policy governing the management of the Foundation’s investment portfolio and monitor the progress of the Foundation’s long-term investment objectives.


Dick Evans

Former CEO and Chairman of Frost Bank

Harry Flavin

Managing Director and Client Advisor at Avalon Advisors

Phil Plant

Partner in Herndon Plant Oakley Ltd. and Manager of Springwater Advisors, LLC


Founding Board of Directors