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2021 Building a Dream Luncheon

Join us for Houston Habitat’s only fundraising event.


Leela Krishnamurthy

The Carl Umland Award

Leela Krishnamurthy exemplifies the same tenacity and passion for serving the Houston community as the organization’s founder, Carl Umland.

Leela is well known for her work as a local community activist and philanthropist. Leela has a longstanding record of service to the Houston community. Most recently, Leela was honored as a 2020 Woman of Substance by The Mission of Yahweh and a Hats Off to Mothers Awardee by Easter Seals. Leela and her husband Nat were named a Top 20 Power Couple Impact Maker by Caring Kindness Wisdom. Leela has generously served on the board of UNICEF and Houston Habitat for Humanity.  During her term as a board member, and then President of Indo American Charity Foundation, two Houston Habitat houses were sponsored by the foundation. Leela was head Librarian of the Barbara Bush library where she initiated innovative programs including famous authors like Stephen King.  She is a current trustee and president of Sankara Nethralaya, fighting blindness in India. Leela has also served as president of Bharathi Kalai Manram and treasurer of India Cultural Center.                           Photo courtesy of Gittings Photography


Antoinette “Toni” Jackson

Keynote Speaker

Antoinette M. Jackson is a principal with The Banks Law Firm and has represented housing developers since 1992. Toni, who has a strong commitment to the community, has enjoyed a law practice that has been the perfect marriage of practicing law and giving back to the community. Toni became a housing attorney at a time when it was not a recognized practice area after a nonprofit approached her about acquiring and financing an affordable development. Since that time, she has continued to represent for-profit and non-profit developers and public housing agencies in commercial real estate development and affordable housing financing.

Toni has been a passionate advocate for affordable housing and throughout her career has worked extensively on efforts to increase homeownership and rental housing for low-to-moderate income families.


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Thank You to our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Trinidad Mendenhall


Leela and Natesan Krishnamurthy






Antoinette “Toni” Jackson
Marek Family
Gita Murthy
Sanjay Murthy
Sujata Murthy
Rosy C. Zuklic


Amit Agarwal Independent Bank
Allegiance Bank Vilma Kunert
Hughes Watters Askanase, LLP Serena Malhotra and Mohan Kuruvilla
Dr. Natarajan S. Bala and Anu Bala Mrs Sudha and Dr. Ravi Mani
Josh Beasley and Andrew Hayes Haley and Chad Millis
CastleRock Communities Christie Obiaya and Mahesh Konduru
Leslie Cobb-Hector Dinesh and Vrinda Pejaver
Heather Beck Crowder and Dan Crowder Devina Rankin and Dianna Cervantes
Declaration Title Company, LLC Gail Boyd Rogers
Gensler Amy and Thomas Michael Stroh
Stephen L. Goldberg and Timothy E. Kollatschny TAS Realty Group
Hancock Whitney Bank Lalita and Surinder Trehan
Allison and Michael Hay Unity National Bank
Houston Chronicle Wallace T Ward
Houston Housing Finance Corporation Willis Johnson & Associates

If you missed our 2020 virtual luncheon you can still view it here.