Richard Tagle

This is trailblazing.
Manila-born and raised, dared to live on his own at 17. Lived in California and Washington, DC before settling down in Austin. Deeply passionate about children’s issues especially education and health. A goofball about mostly everything else. “Life without laughter is like soap, it can dry you out.”

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Jessica Duran
Finance Manager

I will make a positive impact in my community.
Texas native who grew up in the small town of Castroville and now lives in Austin. Loves trying new restaurants, spending time with family, traveling, and playing roller derby. Excited to be part of an organization that is providing opportunities for our youth to succeed. 

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Wyatt Harper
Chief Financial Officer

This is how we make a lifelong difference.
Austin by way of Tennessee, Romania, and New York City. Though a finance professional by career, I enjoy teaching tennis and traveling to new places as much as possible. I consider myself lucky to be part of a motivated and focused team that is changing the lives of youth in Austin and beyond.

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JJ Langston
Chief Development Officer

I will make the world a better place.

Before joining the Foundation, JJ served as executive director of the Barton Springs Conservancy and director of Development and Capital Campaign at Creative Action, a grantee of the Foundation. In addition, she worked as director of Major Gifts at Seminary of the Southwest and director of Admissions and Development at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. She has over 20 years of experience working with non-profits in development, community relations and event production.

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Jenny McClure
Quality and Outcomes Specialist

This is where change begins.

Local Austinite and University of Texas (at Austin) alumni.  Former 2nd/3rd grade teacher for 11 years who's passion is in educating others.  In my free time, I teach spin (indoor cycling) classes and love to be out adventuring whether that be hiking, biking, camping, backpacking or canoeing.  Anything outdoors and near the water has my name all over it.

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Michael McKinlay
Development & Communications Associate

I will be a difference maker.
Born and raised in northern Chicago. Spent the last 10 years in Utah going to school and working in the journalism and digital marketing world before moving to Austin. I enjoy playing tennis, exploring new cities and cheering for the Cubs. I’m excited to be a part of an awesome organization and help increase the Foundation’s visibility in the Austin area. 

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Brigid Mejia
Senior Program Manager

This is a huge opportunity to make a difference.
Born and raised in Southern California but got to Austin as quickly as she could. Loves working with youth and seeing the world through their eyes. Hopes to make it to every Major League Baseball Park. Thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful organization that is meeting the needs of so many kids.

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Jennie Nelson
Program Associate

This is the opportunity of a lifetime.
Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. Moved to Austin in 2009 to teach in a bilingual classroom. I taught in a traditional classroom setting for eight years. I'm thrilled to have an opportunity to impact children's lives in a new and exciting way. 

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Erikah Padilla
Program Associate

I will provide opportunities that empower children.
Raised in a small border town in Southern Arizona. Recently moved to Austin and loving the fun culture, music, and adventure it has to offer. I have an early childhood background and have taught in a preschool, elementary, and virtual classroom setting. I am excited to make a difference in the Austin community with such an amazing and cultivating organization. 

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Mary Riggs
Chief Program Officer

This is life changing.
Raised in Michigan with a stop in Boston before finally coming to her senses and getting to Austin. Passions include helping children succeed, creating sustainable and systemic change, and finding the best macaroni and cheese on earth.

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Tia Smith
Program Development AmeriCorps VISTA

I will work to expand access and opportunity 
Born and and raised in Northern Wisconsin. Relocated to Austin to serve with AmeriCorps after graduating from The University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Psychology. I am excited for the opportunity to learn from and support an organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and look forward to exploring all that Austin has to offer!

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Brian Stephens
Chief Communications Officer

This is outdoing the limits of what's possible.
Born and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex before settling in Austin. With more than 25 years experience in marketing and communications, proud to be part of a team that's making the world a better place for all of us.

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Natasha Millar-Willet
Senior Events Manager

This is just the beginning.
Born in South Africa and moved to Texas at the age of 10. Passion for traveling, water polo, animals and making a difference in the lives of today's youth. I'm very fortunate to be a part of a talented team helping children succeed and preparing them for the real world.

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