April 12, 2024
Photos of participants and staff at Amazing Place facility in Houston, Texas on April 19, 2011. © 2011 Robert Seale/All Rights Reserved.

Rania Mankarious, MA, JD

CEO of Crime Stoppers of Houston

Rania Mankarious serves as the CEO of Crime Stoppers of Houston after beginning as an intern with the organization in 2006. During her tenure, Mankarious created the first-ever Crime Stoppers Safe School Institute – a full suite, direct service program that became the hub of all things school safety related. She also launched the organization’s first webinar series with local, statewide, and national experts as well as Parents Against Crime, the critically important Fallen Hero Program, the Victim Services and Advocacy Program and expanded the Safe Community Program.

Under her leadership, Crime Stoppers also built a headquarters that is the first Crime Stoppers building worldwide and is named the “The Dave Ward Building, Crime Stoppers of Houston”.

Mankarious is an active contributor to many publications, including columns in The Buzz Magazines, The Bark Blog, and a national adviser for Safe and Sound Schools. She has been seen and heard on local and national radio and television, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and across additional platforms as a legal, family, crime, mental health, and parenting expert. Recently, she launched a weekly “CrimeTip Tuesday” series with CW39. In September 2020, Mankarious created The Balanced Voice Podcast, which has featured a number of local and nationally recognized guests including Greg Kelley, Shepard Smith, Matthew McConaughey, Dave Ward, Tamron Hall, and many others. Mankarious serves on the Advisory Council for the Organization for Social Media Safety. In 2021, she became a published writer and released her first book, The Online World, What You Think You Know and What You Don’t, a timely and evergreen resource for parents and young adults about how to navigate and stay safe online.

Mankarious has received many honors including: CW39’s Winner of their Remarkable Women; Visionary Leader in the fight against human trafficking; Most Stylish People by the Houston Chronicle; Houston Business Journal’s Outstanding Nonprofit Business Leader; a Houston Hero by the International Chamber of Houston; Top 30 Most Influential Women of Houston; Houston Moms’ Blog “Houston Mom of the Year”; Houston Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business; Houston Hero by the Houston Chronicle; Prime Living Reader’s Choice Award for Best Dressed Texan; Lights Camera Action’s Mother’s Day Honoree; and Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women.

Mankarious received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Theology and Pre-Medicine from Boston College, a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Gordon Conwell and a Doctor of Jurisprudence completed at the University of Houston Law Center.