Meet Marcella Herrera

Marcella Herrera, a Junior League of The Woodlands member since 2017, currently serves as the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) Chair on the 2023-24 Board of Directors. With 14 years dedicated to public service, she showcases exemplary leadership and collaboration skills in uplifting her community and driving positive change. Her passions for child welfare, cancer survivorship, women’s health, and fostering a culture of belonging resonate across JL impact areas. 

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Marcella earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009. Relocating to Montgomery County, Texas, in 2011 with her husband, she continued her public service journey at the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services. Rising through the ranks over a decade, she completed her tenure as a Conservatorship Program Director of Child Protective Services across seven counties, significantly contributing to the safety and well-being of abused and neglected children. She spearheaded an agency improvement initiative to aid in the successful reunification of families, which was adopted statewide and served on the Statewide Training Council. As part of the Governor’s Human Trafficking Task Force, she helped create protocols for sexually exploited youth in Montgomery County. She received the Annual Award of Excellence for her service to the children of Montgomery County. 

As the leader of Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center at Memorial Hermann – The Woodlands Medical Center, Marcella has doubled the organization’s impact, offering 45 free survivorship programs to those affected by cancer in Greater Houston. Her leadership has expanded guest encounters of this distinguished center in the nation to 1,000 per month. She also helps coordinate training for Memorial Hermann leadership across two hospital campuses.  

Marcella’s influence extends through her community leadership roles. As DEIB Chair, she fosters a culture of belonging and empowerment for women, implementing open forum discussions and expanding the League’s Mentorship program over two years. Previously, as Community Research and Program Development Chair, she created and evaluated programs for JLTW, seeking new avenues for impact. 

Additionally, Marcella serves on the Board of Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates, where she continues to advocate for children in foster care. She also serves with In the Pink of Health, a committee dedicated to fundraising for technology, education, and awareness of breast and ovarian cancer. Grateful for her family’s support, she cherishes her roles as wife to Andrew and mother to Easton.