Vice President, Foundation Development
The 2020 season marks Marian Harper’s 29th with the Astros. As Vice President of Foundation Development, Player Engagement and Family Relations, she helps manage programs and fundraising for the Astros Foundation, the official team charity of the Astros. She was instrumental in the development of the Astros MLB Youth Academy, a cornerstone program of the Astros Foundation.
Marian assists with the team’s community relations efforts, which includes organizing the Astros players and wives programs as well as utilizing her extensive knowledge of local non-profit organizations and her dedication to the Houston community. Marian also works to further develop the Astros Alumni Association.
Marian serves on the board of directors for the Downtown Management District Board, the Ensemble Theatre and the Texas Southern University Foundation. She is also a member of the Astros Hall of Fame Selection Committee. She is a graduate of Leadership Houston and was honored with the prestigious Jimmy Wynn Toy Cannon Award for exceptional community service at the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2007.
A native of Pittsburg, Texas, 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 non-profit leaders. Over the past two decades, Marian has been a key executive for all of the team charities, fundraising efforts and outreach initiatives.