Bylaws Committee Members
Sarita A. Hixon (Chair)
Sarita Armstrong Hixon of Armstrong and Houston, serves as a County Commissioner of Kenedy County. Proudly following in the footsteps of her mother, Ambassador Anne Armstrong, Ms. Hixon was appointed to fill her mother’s position as a County Commissioner and was re-elected to the office. For over 150 years, her family has owned The Armstrong Ranch—a working ranch in Kenedy County, where Ms. Hixon grew up and which she now co-manages. Ms. Hixon serves on the board of trustees of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and the Houston Hospice. Ms. Hixon was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission in 2005 and served until 2011. She is a former Chairman of the San Jacinto Museum of History Association and currently serves on their advisory board. She also previously served on the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, and on the board of trustees of the Friends of Communities in Schools in Houston. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she received her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Owen D. Cox, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas and was an associate attorney with the Houston law firm of Andrews & Kurth, LLP.
Joan is a native Texan and grew up in Fort Worth. She did her graduate and undergraduate work at the University of Texas, Austin in economics, art history and business administration. She began her career in banking in Houston but later stepped into the non-profit world, joining the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. As a Program Officer in the Museum Program, she oversaw funding for nationally significant education and exhibition programs. She has held numerous leadership positions in museums across the country. She managed a successful $25 million endowment campaign for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and oversaw fundraising for the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. She is a former Director of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. She is currently Director of The Bryan Museum in Galveston and has a strong interest in museum education and public outreach.