Press Release | The Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage Announces New Executive Project Manager, Pam Gardner

March 17, 2014

(HOUSTON – March 17, 2014) The Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage has named Pam Gardner Executive Project Manager. She assumed the position on March 3, 2014.

Gardner brings more than two decades of business management, communications, and leadership experience to the position, most recently serving as President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros, LLC and the Houston Astros Baseball Club. Beginning her career with the Astros in 1989, Gardner holds the record for the longest-tenured female chief executive in Major League Baseball and was an integral member of the team that built Minute Maid Park. Gardner was responsible for overseeing all revenue areas, customer service, building and financial operations, sponsorship and ticket sales, as well as community and marketing outreach programs and helped the team set the record for franchise attendance during their National Wild Card season in 2004.

Gardner has received local, state, and national recognition for her outstanding leadership. In 2006, she became the first female executive inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2008, she received the prestigious Marguerite Ross Barnett leadership award from the Houston Area Urban League and was also named one of the “Women on the Move” by Texas Executive Women and the Houston Chronicle.

Active in Houston’s business community, Gardner serves on the board and executive committee of Central Houston, Inc., where she held the title of Chairman in 2012. Gardner also serves on the boards of the Astros in Action Foundation and the Houston Area Women’s Center.

“We are thrilled to welcome Pam to the Nau Center team,” said Chairman, John L. Nau, III. “Her leadership and expertise will help to achieve our vision for the Nau Center as a showcase venue that will amplify the economic and educational impact of the southeast Texas region’s resources, culture, and spirit.” 

“I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to be a part of this exciting project and am committed to making the Nau Center a venue that is unique to Houston and the southeast Texas region,” said Gardner. “Houston is a diverse and growing city, and I am honored to be involved with a project that is dedicated to motivating young people to understand our shared history, inspiring them to become the next great leaders.”


About the Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage

The Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage will be a destination visitors’ center and regional gateway for cultural heritage tourism; an “Aspirational Learning” center with innovative exhibits, where Texas history and culture are experienced interactively.  It will provide an inspirational quest for students, educators and visitors.  The Nau Center will be located downtown between the George R. Brown Convention Center and Minute Maid Park.  For more information, visit