Board of Trustees

William F. Quinn | Mayoral Appointee | Chairman

William F. Quinn is the retired Executive Chairman of American Beacon Advisors, a $60 billion asset management and mutual fund company he founded in 1986. The firm manages pension and cash assets for American Airlines and other clients. He served as Executive Chairman from 2009 to 2015, as President and CEO from 1986 to 2009, and a Trustee of the American Beacon Funds from 1986 to 2008. Mr. Quinn joined American...Read More

Nicholas A. Merrick | Mayoral Appointee | Vice Chairman

Nicholas A. Merrick is President of Mt. Vernon Investments LLC, an investment company with over $1 billion in assets principally controlled by Kenny Troutt (owner of WinStar Farm). Prior to Mt. Vernon Investments, Mr. Merrick served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Excel Communications up to its merger with Teleglobe, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Merrick served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Telco Communications...Read More

Joe Schutz | Police Officer Trustee | Deputy Vice Chairman
Susan M. Byrne | Mayoral Appointee

Susan M. Byrne is the Founder and Vice Chairman of Westwood Holdings Group, Inc. a registered investment advisor trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: WHG). In addition, Ms. Byrne served as the company's Chief Investment Officer from inception until 2011. She retired as an employee in June 2015. Read More

Robert French | Non-Member Trustee

Robert B. French is a licensed Attorney and Financial Advisor for Cornerstone Wealth Management. Mr. French specializes in qualified and non-qualified benefit plans. Mr. French currently holds his investment licenses with Northwestern Mutual which holds $272.2 billion in assets and $28.5 billion in revenues. Its goal is to provide financial security to more than 4.5 million people who rely on it for insurance, annuities, and investment services. Read More

Gilbert Andrew Garcia | Non-Member Trustee

Mr. Garcia received a B.A. in Economics from Yale University. After graduating in 1985, he joined Salomon Brothers in New York City where he became a Vice-President specializing in mortgage-backed securities. In 1990, he joined former Mayor Henry Cisneros to build Cisneros Asset Management Company, ultimately becoming its president. In 2002, he joined Garcia Hamilton & Associates and is the firm’s Managing Partner.  Read More

Armando Garza | Fire Fighter Trustee

Armando Garza is an active member of Dallas Fire-Rescue with over 25 years of service and holds the rank of Fire Lieutenant.  He is currently assigned to the Emergency Medical Services division and has served the department in many different capacities including: Recruit Training, Special Operations (Wildland Urban Interface and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting), and Emergency Operations. Read More

Tina Hernandez Patterson | Non-Member Trustee

Tina Hernandez is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Sub Saharan Opportunity Fund (SSO), a private equity fund providing debt financing in West Africa. Tina has over 20 years of experience in the hedge fund industry, with specific focus and expertise in the Credit/Capital Structure trading and risk management space. Prior to co-founding SSO, Tina was Director of Operations and Investor Relations at Cannae Capital Management, a Dallas-based high yield/distressed hedge fund. Read More

Ray Nixon | Mayoral Appointee

Ray Nixon is the Executive Director and a Portfolio Manager at Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss, LLC. Barrow Hanley, founded in 1979, is one of the largest value-oriented investment managers of institutional assets in the U.S. The $91 billion firm provides value-oriented investment strategies to institutional investors including mutual funds, endowments, foundations, family offices and pension plans on five continents. Read More

Robert C. Walters | Mayoral Appointee

Rob Walters is a nationally recognized litigation and antitrust partner with Gibson Dunn. He also counsels clients in government investigations and the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He has served on Gibson Dunn’s Executive Committee and as Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Dallas office. Rob served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Energy Future Holdings (fka TXU Corp.) from 2008 to 2011. While at Energy Future Holdings...Read More

Kneeland Youngblood | Mayoral Appointee

Kneeland Youngblood is a founding partner of Pharos Capital Group, a private equity firm that focuses on providing growth and expansion capital/buyouts in health care, business services and opportunistic investments.

He is a director of Energy Future Holdings Corp. (formerly TXU) and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. He is a former director of Burger King Corporation...Read More