Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify when Gopal Ponangi could begin his service to the board.

Frisco ISD board member Gopal Ponangi is nominated to serve on the city’s Economic Development Corporation.

The district’s board of trustees nominated Ponangi at its Oct. 10 meeting. The position’s term ends Sept. 30, 2024, according to the agenda.

The context

Ponangi’s nomination fills a vacancy in the district’s EDC seat created by Debbie Gillespie retiring from the FISD board of trustees, board President Dynette Davis said. He will serve the remainder of Gillespie’s three-year term, she said.

Ponangi serves as vice president of the board and is trustee for Place 1. He earned his master's in business administration from Kakatiya University in India, according to FISD. Ponangi has served on the FISD long-range planning committee, the Frisco Education Foundation's advisory board and the Frisco Council of PTAs.

The EDC is governed by a seven-member board of directors appointed by the Frisco City Council, according to its website. It was established in 1991 when residents approved a 0.5% sales tax dedicated to promoting economic development in the city. Since then, it has facilitated economic development projects, including corporate expansions and relocations.

Stay tuned

Frisco City Council will consider Ponangi's nomination at its Nov. 7 meeting.