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Carrie Freeman Parsons

Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) has announced that Carrie Freeman Parsons, Chair of the Board, Freeman Company, will return for a second year as Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors beginning July 1, 2024. Goldman Sachs executive Cris Zertuche Wong has been named Chair-Elect of the Board, slated to succeed Parsons as Board Chair on July 1, 2025. Wong will serve a two-year term as Board Chair through June 30, 2027.

In addition, the Foundation has added new board members: Renda Mathew, Senior Vice President, Dallas Market President, Truist; and Holly Tucker, Partner, Deloitte.

Texas Women’s Foundation has named the following Board of Directors to its Executive Committee:


  • ·      Carrie Freeman Parsons – Chair (Chair of the Board, Freeman Company)
  • ·      Cris Zertuche Wong – Chair-Elect (Managing Director, Goldman Sachs)
  • ·      Hattie Hill – Secretary (CEO, Hattie Hill Enterprises)
  • ·      Jana Etheridge – Governance Committee Chair (Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff, Capital One)
  • ·      Lisette Mendez – Finance Committee Chair (Vice President Finance & Latin America Controller, AT&T)
  • ·      Chrysta Castañeda – Member-At-Large (President/Founder, The Castañeda Firm)
  • ·      Karen Hughes White – President and CEO, Texas Women’s Foundation

For a complete list of Board Directors, visit here.

Texas Women’s Foundation President and CEO Karen Hughes White shared, “Returning Board Chair Carrie Parsons, Chair-Elect Cris Wong and our talented Board of Directors are committed to helping Texas Women’s Foundation achieve our vision of an equitable society where women and girls can fully participate. As the Foundation nears its 40th year, there is a clear need to support and advocate for Texas women and girls and to amplify their voices. We are grateful for the active role the board will play in the fulfillment of our mission.”

About Texas Women’s Foundation:

By working with women, families and communities, Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) is building a stronger, more equitable Texas. TXWF raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7.1 million in investments each year that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through timely research, advocacy, grants and strategic/educational initiatives. Since inception in 1985, TXWF has invested nearly $80 million in Texas women and girls. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides corporate, state and local decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs across the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and educational initiatives support solutions that help Texas women and girls not only survive but thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its invested assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram or donate now

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