Andy Roddick
Founder and Chair

After an illustrious 13-season career—which included a US Open Championship, Davis Cup title, three Wimbledon finals and a world number 1 ranking—Andy retired from tennis in 2012. Andy was nine years old when he realized what he was born to do. These days, he’s devoted his life to recreating that moment, over and over again­­––but not for himself. It turns out that one of the greatest tennis players of all time was born not just to pursue his own passion, but to help others discover theirs.

Learn More About Our Founder and Chair
Learn More About His Hall of Fame Tennis Career


Paul Bell

Former President, Public and Large Enterprises for Dell, Inc., a $35 billion global business unit. He also served on the Dell senior executive team from 1998 to 2012. Prior to joining Dell, Paul served as a strategy consultant at Bain & Co., and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Management and holds a BS in Economics and BA in Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University. He has previously served as a volunteer in the Peace Corps (Tunisia) and is an instrument-rated pilot. Paul's philanthropic activities have included board roles on the Austin Children’s Shelter and Safe Place, as well as an advisor to Team Red White & Blue, an organization that supports returning US combat veteran.



Steve Carman

Steve Carman is a partner with Husch Blackwell LLP, an industry-focused law firm with offices across the country.  Steve serves as leader of the firm's Energy and Natural Resources industry team.  Steve has been recognized for the strategic advice he provides to boards of directors and senior executives of publicly traded and private companies operating and investing primarily in the energy industry.  Steve and his wife, Alice, an artist, have been engaged in issues impacting education, pre-school, and after school programs for children.


Andy Esparza

Former Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Dell, Inc. Prior to joining Dell, Andy served in executive positions at NCR Corporation, a multi-billion-dollar technology company based in Dayton, Ohio, and Bechtel, a multi-billion-dollar engineering and construction company based in San Francisco, California. He holds a BA in Business Administration from San Diego State University, and serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for San Juan Diego High School and the Campanile Foundation board.


Sid Jawahar

Sid Jawahar is the Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager of Swiftarc Capital LLC, a consumer hedge fund focusing on undervalued companies in emerging and frontier markets across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Swiftarc’s portfolio consists of fast growing consumer businesses that are listed in local markets in the following consumer staple categories: food retail, fast food, household products, fast moving goods, and food & beverage products. Sid is also the Chairman & CEO of Esperos Inc., a socially conscious bags company centered around its main ethos: each bag sold pays for a child's education for a year through its Esperos Foundation. Sid serves as Chairman of the Esperos Foundation, which has made grants to fund school projects in Kenya, Honduras and Rwanda this past year. Closer to home, Sid feels strongly about the impact that afterschool programs have on learning abilities and overall development in children, especially in lower-income neighborhoods.


Billie Jean King

Visionary, innovator and champion for millions. Known worldwide for her 20 Wimbledon titles and her "Battle of the Sexes" win over Bobby Riggs as well as for her effect on social change and gender equality. Billie Jean is a Founder of the Women's Tennis Association, Women’s Sports Foundation, and World Team Tennis. She is also a published author and was named one of the 100 most important Americans in the 20th century by Life Magazine. In addition to ARF, Billie Jean serves on the board of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.


Steve Kuhn

Head of Fixed Income Trading and the lead Portfolio Manager for the Pine River Fixed Income Fund and Co-Portfolio Manager for the Pine River Liquid Mortgage Fund. Prior to joining Pine River in 2008, Steve was a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs based in New York and Beijing from 2002 to 2007, where he was part of a team that managed approximately $40 billion in mortgage backed securities. From 1999 to 2002, Steve was a Japanese convertible bond trader at Citadel Investment Group in Chicago. Prior to that, he was head of mortgage backed securities trading at Cargill. Steve received a BA in Economics with Honors from Harvard University in 1991, and served on the board of the National Urban Squash and Education Association.


John Mays

John began his real estate career in Austin while attending the University of Texas before moving to the west coast where he managed a portfolio of office and industrial properties in Southern California. While in California he also founded a drinking water company and subsequently sold his interest in that business after joining Bennett Interests. John focuses on land acquisition and site development in Austin and South Texas. John has been married 20 years, to Jan Mays, and they have five children—four boys and a daughter.


Dana Read

Dana is an assurance partner located in PwC’s Austin, Texas office with significant experience providing quality service to her clients in the technology industry, including some of PwC’s largest global clients such as Cisco Systems and Micron Technology. After 11 years in the Silicon Valley, most recently serving for 4 years as the day to day service partner for Cisco Systems, Dana brought her technology industry expertise to the Austin office where she has served as the lead engagement partner for HomeAway and Bazaarvoice since each of their respective IPO’s. Dana received her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.  Dana enjoys hiking and travelling.


Charles Thornburgh

Charles fell in love teaching while an undergrad at Stanford, and was naive enough to buy an education company (for debt) upon graduating.  He's since spent the last 20 years building educational technology businesses, as both entrepreneur and intrapreneur, with a focus on using technology and data to expand access to, and better understand the efficacy of, educational experiences at scale.  In 2011 Charles moved to Austin to found Civitas Learning, a VC-backed, growth-stage SaaS company bringing predictive analytics and design thinking to bear on solving the post-secondary completion problem in the US.  Charles's wife Natalee, and their 3 and 4 year old sons, love living in Austin's Travis Heights, even if dad is on the road a little more than they'd like.


Jon Loyens

Jon Loyens has lived in Austin since 2000 when he began his career at Trilogy Software. He's been a technology leader at a number of standout Austin software companies where positions have included CTO at Thinktiv and VP of Engineering at Bazaarvoice. Currently Jon is VP of Engineering at, the world's largest vacation rentals listing website. Jon is very active in the startup community in Austin and is an official advisor to, and SmarterHQ. In his spare time, Jon is an active and avid tennis player and can be caught on weekends playing guitar in his band, The Midgetmen.


Sly Majid

Sly is the Chief Service Officer for the Office of the Mayor, City of Austin. He is responsible for developing city-wide service and engagement plans to increase volunteerism, philanthropy, non-profit support, and education about civic engagement opportunities. Prior to this, Sly was the Executive Director of Eastside Community Connection where he managed operations of direct service programs that provided emergency food assistance and adult education to over 15,000 East Austin residents annually. Sly received his Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas in Austin.

Immediate Past Members of the Board of Directors


Maria Farahani

Co-founder Fara Coffee, an Austin-based coffee company specializing in rain-forest grown ‘direct trade’ coffee that is sold in retail grocery chains, and the Fara Foundation, which focuses on improving the quality of life in Matagalpa, Nicaragua by providing aid through medical care, food assistance, educational opportunities and elderly care. Maria holds a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas, and serves on the boards of KIPP-Austin, Rhodes College, Grounds for Health, and the Fara Foundation.


Jeff Lau

Jeff Lau is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Andy Roddick Foundation. Prior to ARF, Jeff worked on Wall Street as an investment banker specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions. Before Wall Street, he served as an officer in the US Army and spent the majority of his time in overseas posts, including a tour of duty in Iraq. He graduated from West Point and has an MBA from Harvard.


Phillip Meyers

Former CEO and Chairman of Heartland Automotive Services, the largest Jiffy Lube franchisee in the US, with over 430 store locations and $370 million in annual sales. Phil has extensive experience in a variety of real estate and private equity situations, including involvement with companies in all phases of growth and development. He has over 30 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, specializing in business valuation, tax law, and corporate restructuring. He currently serves on several boards of privately-held companies, and is a published author.