In 2007, Neeta Sane was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of Houston Community College. In 2013, she was re-elected to serve her second six-year term on the HCC Board. In 2014, she served as elected Board Chair of HCC Board of Trustees. She is a successful entrepreneur, community leader, wife and mother who brings to the HCC Board a unique blend of innovative entrepreneurship, educational background and fervor to serve the community with universal values.
Sane strongly believes that educational attainment is a basic necessity for all members of the community to succeed and reach their fullest potential in life. Her vision and desire is to ensure educational opportunities for all through Houston Community College. She continues to promote and advocate community college education to ensure a stronger and well-educated workforce as the economy continues to move into globalization.
Sane, with her strong academic and deep creative interests, successfully made scientific and technological advances in the field of Chemistry as she graduated with a Master of Science degree from University of Houston-Clear Lake. She carried out computational research as part of the collaborative project for Rice University and University of Houston to publish research papers in scientific journals. In December 2011 Sane completed her second master’s degree, an MBA in Finance. She earned the degree in less than 2 years as a straight-A student from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Sane grew up in India with tremendous respect for the United States of America. Since coming to this country, she has immersed herself in community service in an effort to give back some of the blessings and opportunities that this country gave to her. She is deeply committed to public service. She has served in various organizations such as the American Association of University Women, American Business Women Association, League of Women Voters, Fort Bend Rotary Club, Texas Democratic Women and Fort Bend Democratic Party. Sane received the 2009 DiversityFirst award from Texas Diversity Council. She was elected Chair of Asian Pacific Islander and Native American Trustees Association (APINATA) during the ACCT National Congress held in October 2009. She received 2010 Community Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Asian Chamber of Commerce, and 2010 Minority Achievers Award from YMCA. In 2011, Sane was honored by the State of Texas House of Representatives in recognition of her service to the community and HCC. The Texas House commended Sane for her efforts to strengthen the college's capacity to serve as a pathway to higher education and workforce training. In 2012, she received Leadership Award from Asia Houston Network. In 2013, Sane received the Greater Houston Service Award from Volunteer Houston along with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for her service to the community and college. Sane was one of the Luminary Ambassador Award recipients in 2013 for helping the cause of Asian American Family Services. She also served as a 2013 Honorary Co-Chair for the City of Houston’s Citizenship Month celebration. The Caribbean Chamber of Commerce awarded her the Apex Award in 2013 for Sane’s commitment and achievement in Education. In 2014, Sane received a recognition from D-Mars as one of the Top 30 Influential Women of Houston. In 2015, she also received a recognition from Houston Woman Magazine as one of the Top 50 Influential Women of Houston.
Sane is a board member of Fort Bend YMCA and she is a member of the Community Outreach & Involvement Committee of Alief Family YMCA. She is a member of Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce - Education Division and she has served on the Stafford Municipal School District’s Vision and Planning Committee for College and Career Readiness. Sane is a member of a TIRZ Board of the City of Missouri City in Fort Bend County. She served on the Missouri City Bond Exploratory Committee. She serves on the Board of the Alief Super Neighborhood Council. She is a Vice President for Youth Outreach of the National Diversity Council. She is an honorary member of the Asian American Engineers and Architects organization in Houston. She is a member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Sane is committed to "Student Success." As an HCC Trustee, she promises to promote HCC policies that will result in building a stronger student base. She is also committed to establishing stronger business partnerships for a mutually beneficial educational and workforce environment in the community. Sane continues to stay focused on ensuring educational access and success of HCC students while serving the community. She hosted several regional workforce summits and launched a workforce support scholarship via the HCC Foundation. In January 2012, she hosted a Youth Leadership Summit for Early College High Schools students. In 2013, Sane launched HCC-ASPIRE scholarship program to inspire students to excel in education at HCC.
One of her major community accomplishments was initiating a county-wide International Festival in one of the fastest growing and ethnically diverse counties in the US. Sane took the initiative and made history in Fort Bend County by successfully launching the first International Festival in the Southwest region of Houston. With the assistance of a wide range of individuals from many races and cultures, she achieved the goal of bringing over 5,000 people of all ages and from diverse communities together in an enthusiastic and educational experience to share their many cultures and values that make up today's face of America.
Today, as a business owner, Sane leads a management consulting firm. Her business acumen, as well as her extensive experience, makes her prepared to forge a meaningful role in governing Houston Community College.
Sane’s objective is to ensure that students get quality education at an affordable price and at easily accessible locations through Houston Community College. She has become actively involved in developing policies that support the development and implementation of a diversity program at HCC where students and employees from all backgrounds, ethnicities and genders are recognized and respected for the diverse experiences they bring to HCC and are given opportunities to achieve success regardless of their diverse backgrounds.