Texas Women’s Foundation Today

We are a leading driver of meaningful social and economic change for women, girls and families in Texas. We leverage research, advocacy, innovative programs and solutions, and grantmaking to further our mission. We work to achieve our vision of an equitable society where women and girls are full participants. We celebrate every milestone that has helped us reach this point:

  • We have awarded $46.6 million in grants over 34 years
  • Since 2013, we have awarded over $27.6 million in grants, and over $7 million in strategic grants supporting women’s economic security and leadership.
  • Since 2013, we have impacted 90,000 women and families who have benefited from our leadership and economic security initiatives.
  • We are one of the largest women’s funds in the world with assets over $36 million.
  • We have deployed 100% of our assets – endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds – in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and measurable social benefits to women and girls.

As a community-supported foundation, under the collective guidance and expertise of Foundation Staff and a Board of Directors who represent the diverse interests of the communities we serve, we are sharply focused on achieving our Mission, Vision and Values.


As an organization committed to advancing economic security and leadership opportunities for women and girls, we see progress in every measure of change – even changing our name.

In 2018, Dallas Women’s Foundation became Texas Women’s Foundation. This transformation honors our history and growth over 33 years as the trusted leader in advocating for and advancing social and economic change for women and girls in Texas. Becoming statewide better reflects our position as one of the largest women’s foundations in the world – in assets, impact, diversity and size – and our leadership in promoting equity and supporting solutions empowering women and families to make a better world.

Our Founders

We thank our founders – 19 remarkable women, a deeply inclusive group that represented a broad diversity of ethnicity, race, culture, political affiliation and financial capacity – who came together in 1985 to ensure that more resources were aimed at addressing the unique issues facing women and their families. Through their efforts, Dallas Women’s Foundation was established to unleash the power that strong women have in making a better world.  Today, we continue to honor and reflect our history of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Susan Shamburger Bagwell
Gerry Beer*
Vivian Anderson Castleberry*
The Honorable Harryette Ehrhardt
Catalina E. Garcia, M.D.

Frances Griffin-Brown
Helen LaKelly Hunt
The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison
Madeline Mandell
Joy S. Mankoff

Maura McNiel*
Patricia Meadows
Carmen Michael, Ph.D.*
Gwendolyn Oliver
CoYoTe PhoeNix

Louise B. Raggio*
Rebecca R. Sykes
Oeita Theunissen*
Virginia Bulkley Whitehill*



The Heart Of Our Work

Texas Women’s Foundation (formerly Dallas Women’s Foundation) is a catalyst for positive change across the state, with a focused mission and vision to empower strong women to build a better world.


Texas Women’s Foundation is a community-supported organization that invests in the power of women and girls to drive positive change. Through research, advocacy, programs and grantmaking, we advance economic and leadership opportunities for women, girls and families to build stronger, more equitable communities for all.


We envision an equitable society where women and girls are full participants.

Values & Core Competencies


We are data-driven and committed to evidence-based decision making. We strive to be a trusted knowledge resource for communities, donors and grantees. We uphold the highest standards of transparency and accountability. We are leaders with a 33-year track record of helping women.


We have a clear vision of the future we are striving to achieve. 
We take responsible risks and are confident in our decisions. We rigorously vet our grantees, programs and investments.
 We act on the conviction that objective research and advocacy are our most important contributions. 
We proudly partner with our grantees in their success.


We value equality, treating everyone with respect and dignity. We embrace ethnic, religious and gender diversity. We are determined that our staff and board will authentically represent the communities we serve. We work together across boundaries, circumstances, backgrounds and cultures.

Our mission, vision, values, and core competencies of integrity, intentionality, and inclusivity supports all women and girls inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.


Our experienced leadership team is a trusted, collaborative knowledge resource for donors, lawmakers and community non-profits. Together, with our sharp focus, deep commitment and courage to invest in both proven strategies and new, innovative ideas, we can unlock opportunities and amplify the impact of every dollar donated and invested in women, girls and families.

Office of CEO

Michelynn Miki Woodard

Michelynn "Miki" Woodard

President & CEO



Jacqueline Morgan

Jacqueline Morgan

Executive Administrator



Advocacy, Research & Strategy

Dena L. Jackson, Ph.D.

Dena L. Jackson, Ph.D.

Chief Strategy Officer



Laura Atlas Kravitz, J.D.

Laura Atlas Kravitz, J.D.

Director Advocacy & Policy




Kristyn Senters

Kristyn Senters

Associate Vice President - Communications




Ashley Harris

Ashley Harris

Vice President - Development



Joy Busch

Joy Busch

Associate Vice President - Fundraising Events



Katharine Weaver

Katharine Weaver

Director of Major Gifts



Jeanne Heinen

Jeanne Heinen

Director of Major Gifts




Dawn Hooper

Dawn Hooper

Chief Financial Officer



Roxanna Obregon

Roxanna Obregon

Assistant Controller



Savohna Brown

Savohna Brown

Senior Accountant



Grants & Programs

Lisa de la Garza

Lisa de la Garza

Vice President - Programs



Mary Valadez

Mary Valadez

Associate Vice President - Grants



Kim Hoang

Kim Hoang

Manager - Grants & Programs



William Capper

William Capper

Administrative Assistant - Programs




Ashley Lindsay

Ashley Lindsay

Chief of Staff



Elise Daniel

Elise Daniel

Director of Administration



Abigail Gonzalez

Abigail Gonzalez

Operations Manager - Donor Services



Breanna Khorrami

Breanna Khorrami

Operations Manager - Events



Elaine Tucker

Elaine Tucker

Operations Manager - Database



Alissa Zimmerman

Alissa Zimmerman

Operations Manager - Revenue




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Hilda Galvan

Partner, Jones Day

Carrie Freeman Parsons

Chair Elect
Chair of the Board, Freeman Company

Miki Woodard

President & CEO, Texas Women’s Foundation

Executive Committee

Bonnie Clinton, VP and CPO, Toyota
Sara Garcia Duran, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Debra Hunter Johnson, Owner, Reciprocity Consulting Group
Cynt Marshall, President and CEO, The Dallas Mavericks
Neena Newberry, Owner, Newberry Executive Solutions

Laura Nieto, Director of Community Outreach, Southwest Airlines
Melissa Orth, President and CEO, The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc.
Holly Reed, Principal & Practice Leader, U.S. Advocacy, Ryan, LLC
Gowri Sharma, Principal, Redfort LLC Partners Real Estate Investment and Development Company
Rachel Vinson, Global Chief Operating Officer, CBRE


Bonner Allen, Community Volunteer
Connie Kleinert Babikian, Owner, Pillow Bar
Avery Belyeu, Regional Director, Lambda Legal
Veree Brown, Financial Advisor, ISC Group
Chrysta Castañeda, President & Founder, The Castañeda Firm
Darcy Cowell, Dallas Principal, EY
Effie Dennison, SVP, Director of Community Development, Texas Capital Bank
Stacey Doré, Former CEO, Sharyland Utilities
Samantha Dwinell, Chief People Officer, Sevita
Jana Etheridge, SVP, Chief of Staff, Capital One
Sakina Foster, Partner Haynes and Boone, LLP

Hattie Hill, President and CEO, T.D. Jakes Foundation
Keri Kaiser, Former CMO, Children’s Medical Center
Laura Maxwell, SVP, Supply Chain, Frito-Lay, Inc.
Sarah K. Miller, Executive Director, Kozmetsky Family Foundation
Sara Madsen Miller, Owner, 1820 Productions
Tricia Miller, Community Volunteer
Gwen Parker, Community Volunteer
Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, Executive Director, Phillips Foundation
Julie M. Ramirez, Client Business Manager, Bank of America

Priya Bhola Rathod, Product Manager, Indeed
Debbie Rollins, Managing Director, Grant Thorton LLP
Sarah Saldaña, US Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Retired)
Zeenat Sidi, President and COO, Loan Depot
Lissa Smith, Community Relations, FedEx
Charmaine Tang, Senior Client Strategist, BNY Mellon
Shannon Teicher, Partner, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Shannon Thompson, VP and Assistant General Counsel, Texas Instruments
Cris Zertuche Wong, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs


Suzanne Brasuell, CREW in the Community President
Aracely Muñoz, XIX Society Chair
Phyllis Bernstein, Board Alumnae Steering Committee Chair

Past Board Presidents & Chairs

Becky Sykes – 1985-1987
Sharon S. King – 1988
Matilda Bright Louree – 1989
Arlene J. Dayton – 1990
Ann Ross  – 1991
Barbara Cottrell – 1992
Gloria O. Chapman – 1993
Laura V. Estrada – 1994
Janet M. Harrison – 1995

Tracy Hopkins – 1996
Brenda F. Brand – 1997
Gina Montague-Hill – 1998
Debbie Branson – 1999
Pat Rosenthal – 2000
Lori Feehan – 2001
Cynthia Reavis Alford – 2002
Retta Miller – 2003
Cecila Stubbs Norwood – 2004
Julie Bleicher – 2005

Cecilia G. Boone – 2006
Robbie Raphael – 2007
Helen Frank – 2008
Mary Beth Bardin – 2009
Trea Yip – 2010
Diana C. Dutton – 2011-2012
Ashlee Hunt Kleinert – 2013-2015
Ellenore Knight Baker – 2015-2017
Caren K. Lock – 2017-2019
A. Shonn Brown – 2019-2021


The Economic Leadership Council is a select peer group of philanthropy leaders and C-level executives from a cross section of industry helping to advance the next level of women executives in their companies, industries and communities.


Linda Castaneda

US West Region Advisory Managing Partner,

Bonnie Clinton

Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Indirect Procurement Shared Services,
Toyota North America

Jana Etheridge

Senior VP, Chief of Staff & Customer Office Financial Services,
Capital One


Colleen Affeldt
Gillea Allison
Ellenore Baker
Jennifer Biry
Shonn Brown
Kristen Bruner
Maricela Caballero
Sandra Carson
Joanne Caruso
Linda Castaneda
Bonnie Clinton
Dodee Frost Crockett
Debbie Dennis
Effie Dennison
Stacey Doré
Ashley Duffie
Neha Dugal
Julie England
Jana Etheridge
Tracey Faber

Christina Flores
Carla Gale
Hilda C. Galvan
Beverly Goulet
Mary Henderson
Hattie Hill
Brooke Hopkins
Debra Hunter Johnson
Margaret Jordan
Louise Kee
Jill Louis
Cynt Marshall
Laura Maxwell
Martina McIsaac
Maribess Miller
Retta Miller
Neena Newberry
Carol Nichols
Diane Paddison
Carrie Freeman Parsons

Holly Reed
Joanna Ridgway
Virginia Rose-Harris
Susan Salka
Janice V. Sharry
Terry Stone
Debra von Storch
Thear Suzuki
Linda Valdez Thompson
Ann Thorn
Ellen Torbert
Holly Tucker
Betty Ungerman
Kelly Ungerman
Nina Vaca
Rachel Vinson
Janelle Walker
Shawna Wilson


Texas Women’s Foundation brings together and stewards funding from a broad network of donors and philanthropic partners, including individuals, corporations and other foundations. We are committed to upholding the highest standards of transparency and accountability to ensure the continuity of 35 years of trust we have built in our relationships with donors, grantees and community partners.