Meredith Iler - RISE New Mexico
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Meredith Iler

Meredith Iler is President of The Strategic Alliance whose mission is to bring people together in business, government, politics, and charity. She founded The Wounded Hero Home Program in 2005 and has spearheaded the multi-million dollar fundraising campaign for Helping a Hero that has succeeded in funding over 100 homes for wounded heroes. She successfully put together a partnership with Mayor Bill White, area Congressional members, and Rotary District 5890 to launch the initial 15 homes. Meredith brought Extreme Makeover:Home Edition into the Helping a Hero family. 

Meredith is an active community leader and volunteer, and she has served on the Boards of Helping a Hero, Rotary Club of Houston Skyline, The Texas Lyceum, The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Houston, and Alternatives in Motion Adoption Agency. She also served on the Board of Directors of Weaver’s Potato Chips. She is a former Congressional spouse and has supported the military throughout her adult life. She chaired the National USO Gala in 1995 at a time when the USO was in financial distress and raised $1.8 million in 4 months. She also co-chaired the Send Off Ceremony for the 1/23 Marines when they deployed to Iraq in 2003. She participated in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC 75) sponsored by the Department of Defense where she received an inside look with our military hosted by SOUTHCOM, including a trip to GITMO.

Meredith was recognized by Houston Woman Magazine as one of the Fifty Most Influential Women in Houston, was awarded the “Community Leader of Hope Award” by Aspiring Youth, received the Rotary District 5890 “Distinguished Service Award,” The Pacesetter Award from The Cancer League and was named a “Point of Light” by the National Points of Light Foundation. She also holds an Honorary Doctorate from Nebraska Weslayan University. She was appointed to the 2010 Texas Inaugural Committee by then Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the NRCC.

Meredith graduated with a BBA from Southern Methodist University and received her law degree from Creighton Law School. She also attended South Texas College of Law her first year of law school where she won the F Lee Bailey National Moot Court Competition and was named Top Oralist. She also was on the Barristers National Moot Court Team. After transferring to Creighton Law School, she captained their ABA Moot Court team winning Regionals and placing 2nd at Nationals. She and her husband Marshall have two children.