Houston Astros Marian Harper
Vice President, Foundation Development

Marian Harper has been with the Astros organization since 1992. In March of 2008, she was named vice president of foundation development and currently oversees the expansion and day-to-day operations of the Astros Foundation. In the 2008-10 seasons, Marian played a key role in the construction and development of the Astros Urban Youth Academy (UYA), which serves at-risk children and teens in the Greater Houston area. After coordinating that $2.3 million project, Marian continued to lead UYA programs, including the Urban Invitational held at Minute Maid Park for the past two years.

Marian also assists with the team's community relations efforts, allowing the Astros to utilize her extensive knowledge of local nonprofit programs and her dedication to serving disadvantaged and underserved populations in Houston. Marian served on the Northeast YMCA Board of Managers, where she was named Volunteer of the Year in 2002, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, the Ensemble Theatre and the Houston Area Urban League. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXIV and was honored with the prestigious Jimmy Wynn Toy Cannon Award for exceptional community service at the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame induction in 2007.

A native of Pittsburg, TX, Marian started with the Astros in 1992 and rose through the ranks, starting as a promotions coordinator for the marketing and sponsorship departments, then as director of community relations working with players, alumni, fans, businesses and nonprofit leaders, including assisting with the 2004 MLB All-Star Game hosted at Minute Maid Park. Over the past decade, Marian has been the key executive for all the team charities' fundraising and outreach initiatives.

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