Houston Treasures

Molly and James Crownover


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crownovermolly jim 1 Molly and Jim Crownover have long been volunteers in the community, making education, the arts, and health and human services the emphasis of their philanthropy.

During a thirty-year career with McKinsey and Company, Jim Crownover served on its Board of Directors, led the Firm’s Southwest region and co-headed its energy practice. He currently serves on the boards of four NYSE companies and is Chairman of the Board of Rice University. He is a leader in United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, chaired its Houston campaign, and is the only two-time recipient of its Volunteer of the Year Award. He also is a longtime board member of Houston Grand Opera. In the past, he served on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and received its John W. Gardner Volunteer Leadership Award. He has served on the boards of St. John’s School, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Project Grad. Jim was raised in Norman, Oklahoma. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering cum laude from Rice University and his M.B.A. from Stanford University.

Molly Crownover has a special interest in the visual and performing arts. She has served on the boards of Houston Ballet, Zoo Friends of Houston, the Bayou Bend Committee and is a charter member of the Women’s Initiative of United Way. She has chaired, along with Jim, the Houston Ballet Ball, Houston Grand Opera’s Concert of Arias, the Theta Charity Antiques Show Preview Party, and is a past honoree of United Cerebral Palsy’s “Hats Off to Mothers”. She is currently on the Houston Grand Opera Studio Board, HGO’s Special Events Committee, the Shepherd School of Music Governing Council, the TUTS Board, and Houston Ballet Advisory Board. Molly was raised in San Marino, California. She attended U.T. Austin, studied abroad her Junior year at St. Clare’s Hall in Oxford, England, and received her B.A. in French with a minor in Art History from the University of Southern California.

Together, Molly and Jim Crownover have been honored with the Joseph Jaworski Leadership Award, have been honorees of Houston Grand Opera’s Concert of Arias, and were the 2012 HGO Opening Night Gala honorees. They have one daughter, Corwin, who resides in San Francisco.

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