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.
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
Vivian Anderson Castleberry*
The Honorable Harryette Ehrhardt
Catalina E. Garcia, M.D.
Helen LaKelly Hunt
The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison
Joy S. Mankoff
Carmen Michael, Ph.D.*
Louise B. Raggio*
Rebecca R. Sykes
Virginia Bulkley Whitehill*
MISSION, VISION, VALUES
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
Advocacy, Research & Strategy
Grants & Programs
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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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
ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
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.
US West Region Advisory Managing Partner,
Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Indirect Procurement Shared Services,
Toyota North America
Senior VP, Chief of Staff & Customer Office Financial Services,
Dodee Frost Crockett
Hilda C. Galvan
Debra Hunter Johnson
Carrie Freeman Parsons
Janice V. Sharry
Debra von Storch
Linda Valdez Thompson
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.