Remembering Maconda Brown O'Connor, Founding A+ Board Member

May 21, 2012

Houston A+ Challenge’s beloved founding Board member, Maconda Brown O’Connor, passed away on May 19 at age 82. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Over the past 15 years, Maconda’s vision and dedication to Houston A+ Challenge's mission have provided incredible guidance and support to the organization. Her generosity – not only to A+, but to dozens of other worthy nonprofits in our community – was only surpassed by her passion for helping children, especially those in need, to live healthy, happy and productive lives.

Maconda's life and legacy are beautifully outlined in this very insightful remembrance by the Houston Chronicle, which includes these comments from Houston A+ Challenge Board member and co-founder, Andrea White:

In 1997 (Maconda) helped found the Houston A+ Challenge, which has invested $90 million in Houston public schools. She was "really a big thinker in education," said Andrea White, wife of former Houston Mayor Bill White, who worked on that project. "She wanted to listen to teachers and students and parents and help them rebuild their schools in a way that makes sense."

"When you got her attention, you felt like you were halfway there just by the fact that she was on board," White said. Read the full article.