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 a second six-year term on the HCC Board and in 2014, she was elected to serve as the Board Chair. During her 10-year tenure, she has served on several Board committees and twice serving as the Vice Chair and Secretary.
Trustee Sane is a business owner of a consulting firm, community leader, wife and mother who brings to the HCC Board a unique blend of innovative entrepreneurship, educational background and fervor to develop programs that enhance student success at HCC, serving the community with universal values.
As a strong advocate of workforce training programs, she has been instrumental in the expansion of HCC’s educational and workforce training programs in Advanced Manufacturing, Health Sciences, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Vocational Training in Fort Bend and Alief. She has hosted workforce summits in Southwest Houston, a youth leadership summit for Early College High School students and Rising Leaders Academy conference for the HCC Honors College. She provided Workforce Support Scholarships for HCC students through the HCC Foundation. With a dedication to be inclusive of all students, she established the HCC-ASPIRE scholarship program, which honors Asian culture. HCC-ASPIRE raises funds to support the educational pursuits and scholastic achievements of students attending HCC, as well as HCC's outstanding faculty and staff.
Trustee Sane graduated from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Master of Science degree and also earned a MBA in Finance from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Trustee Sane is deeply committed to community service. In addition to her dedicated service on the HCC Board, she is involved in numerous organizations across the state that advocate for education, families and underserved populations.
Trustee Sane grew up in India with tremendous respect for the United States. 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 she has been afforded. She is deeply committed to public service and community involvement.
Trustee Sane’s recognitions include the following:
- Multicultural Leadership Award from Texas Diversity Council (2015)
- Recognition as Top 50 Influential Women of Houston 2014 from Houston Woman Magazine
- Resolution/Recognition from Texas State Senate in recognition of leadership (2014)
- Recognition as Top 30 Influential Women of Houston 2014 from d-mars.com
- Co-chair - Diversity & Inclusion Summit (2014)
- Greater Houston Service Award from Volunteer Houston (2013)
- Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Al Green (2013)
- Certificate of Recognition from Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (2013)
- Luminary Ambassador Award from Asian American Family Services (2013)
- Apex Award - Education from Caribbean Chamber of Commerce (2013)
- Honorary Co-Chair - 2013 Citizenship Month (Initiative by Mayor, City of Houston)
- President - HCC-ASPIRE www.hccs.edu/aspire
- Leadership Award from Asia Houston Network (2012)
- Resolution/Recognition from State of Texas House of Representatives for Service to HCC & Community (2011)
- Minority Achievers Award from YMCA (2010)
- Community Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Asian Chamber of Commerce (2010)
- DiversityFirst Award from Texas Diversity Council (2009)
- Board Member - Missouri City TIRZ #3
- Honorary Member - Asian American Engineers and Architects, Houston
- Advisory Member - World Chamber of Commerce of Texas
- Executive Team Member - US India Skills & Education Council
- Member - National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
- Past Board Member - Alief Super Neighborhood Council #25
- Past Board member - Fort Bend YMCA
- Founder & Past President - International Festival of Fort Bend County (2007)
Trustee Sane has also participated in the following organizations:
- APINATA Trustees National Organization, ACCT
- Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT)
- Diversity Committee of Association of Community College Trustees
- Rotary Club of Fort Bend County
- Missouri City Bond Exploratory Committee
- Stafford Municipal School District - Vision and Planning - College and Career Readiness
- Alief Community Association
- Alief Family YMCA - 2013 Partners Campaign
- National Diversity Council
- American Association of University Women, Fort Bend
- Democratic Party of Fort Bend County
- Texas Democratic Women of Fort Bend County
- League of Women Voters
- Airbag Recall: Houston
Trustee Sane is strongly committed to "Student Success." She continues to stay focused on ensuring educational access and success of HCC students while serving the community. She is also committed to establishing stronger business partnerships for a mutually-beneficial educational and workforce environment. Trustee Sane is actively involved in establishing policies that support diversity awareness at HCC, where students and employees from all backgrounds, ethnicities and genders are recognized and respected.
Trustee Sane strongly believes that educational attainment is imperative 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.