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Texas Women’s Foundation has elected three new board of directors who will serve three-year terms from 2022-2025:

  • Connie Kleinert Babikian – The Pillow Bar, Owner and President
  • Jana Etheridge – Capital One, Senior Vice President Chief of Staff & Customer Office, Financial Services
  • Cris Zertuche Wong – Goldman Sachs, Managing Director

They join a board of 41 members led by Hilda Galvan, TXWF chair, who continues her two-year term through June 30, 2023.

The executive committee includes the following:

  • Hilda C. Galvan – Chair/Jones Day, Partner-in-Charge
  • Carrie Freeman Parsons – Chair Elect/Freeman, Chair of the Board
  • Bonnie Clinton – Toyota North America, VP and CPO Indirect Procurement Shared Services
  • Sara Garcia Duran – Sidley, Partner
  • Debra Hunter Johnson – Reciprocity Consulting Group, Founder
  • Cynt Marshall – The Dallas Mavericks, President and CEO
  • Neena Newberry – Newberry Solutions, President
  • Laura Nieto – Southwest Airlines, Director Community Engagement
  • Melissa Orth – The Legacy Senior Communities, President and CEO
  • Holly Reed – Ryan, LLC, Principal & Practice Leader, U.S. Advocacy
  • Gowri Sharma – Redfort LLC Partners Real Estate Investment and Development Company, Principal; Dallas Museum of Art, President
  • Rachel Vinson – CBRE, Global Chief Operating Officer for Capital Markets
  • Miki Woodard – Texas Women’s Foundation, President and CEO

For a complete board list, visit here.

Miki Woodard, Texas Women’s Foundation president and chief executive officer, said, “Under the thoughtful leadership of Hilda Galvan, our Executive Committee and our Board, we have an amazing group that helps us advance our mission of investing in women and girls to drive positive change. These new board members will add their experience and passion to help us even further, and we appreciate their service.”

In addition, three TXWF staff have been promoted:

  • Dena L. Jackson, Ph.D. – from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Strategy Officer
  • Ashley Lindsay – from Associate Vice President of Development to Chief of Staff
  • Dawn Hooper – from Vice President of Finance to Chief Financial Officer

About Texas Women’s Foundation:  Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception in 1985, the Foundation has invested $57 million in women and girls, including $43 million since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision-makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls 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 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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