Rubén CantúAs director of the office of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin, Mr. Cantú focuses on addressing the income inequality gap for overlooked communities by helping them learn the tools of wealth creation, innovative thinking,community stewardship, and social impact. The department works with both UT students and non traditional students along with community leaders, government, private enterprise, and NPO’s to help create strong networks upon which new for profit sustainable ventures can be launched and uplift communities. Mr. Cantú is also the director of LevelUp Institute, an organization which empowers the next generation of diverse entrepreneurs. LevelUp Institute focuses on training students who are first in their family to attend college and come from low-income backgrounds to become social impact tech entrepreneurs. A 24-week co-ed program, students learn how to work within a team and incorporate an actual company that is addressing a social issue in their community.
Jonathan Barona As the Special Projects Manager, Jonathan leads the Austin Community Foundations Special Projects, Fiscal Sponsorship, and scholarship funds. He strives to provide exceptional service to fundholders while providing a significant impact to the central Texas community. Prior to joining the Austin Community Foundation Jonathan worked as the Manager of Scholar Services for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest provider of scholarship dollars for Latino students. Jonathan managed several scholarship programs and helped expand HSFs support services to all scholars. Jonathan currently serves on the board of the Festival Beach Food Forest, the Austin Youth River Watch and is a member of the City of Austin Zero Waste Advisory Commission (ZWAC).
Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette Ranking as the first female President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the historic Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning and only historically black college and university (HBCU). Before becoming a university president, Dr. Burnette was a successful engineer with widely-known organizations. From being a computer analyst for The Washington Post to an operations support engineer for Proctor and Gamble, from Director of Information Systems at Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation to Manager of Consulting and Project Management Services at the Washington State Department of Transportation, and ultimately, running her own computer consulting firm, it is no surprise that her alma mater, The Ohio State University named her Outstanding Engineering Alumnus. Dr. Burnette has been named an Austin Fab Five by the Seedling Foundation and a Top 25 Woman in the nation in Higher Education by a leading higher education magazine, DIVERSE. Other awards received include: United States Army Distinguished Civilian Volunteer Service Medal Award, Thurgood Marshall Foundation Chief Information Officer of the Year Award, Outstanding Student Advocate Award, Inductee into the Austin Women’s Hall of Fame, Dayton Business Journal Chief Fiscal Officer of the Year Award, and the National Diversity Council Glass Ceiling Award, to name only a few. Dr. Burnette’s local board memberships include the Mayor of Austin’s Taskforce on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Greater Austin Black and Austin Area Chamber of Commerces, and most recently, Earth Day Austin. Nationally, she serves on The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering Advisory Committee and the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church Board. Dr. Burnette is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Austin (TX) Chapter of The Links, Inc., the National Society of Black Engineers, and Texnikoi Engineering Honorary.
Dr. Karen Magid As the Director of Sustainability at HT, Dr. Magid runs the Center for Sustainability and Environmental Justice at HT and co-founded the Building Green Justice Forum. As STEM Director, Dr. Magid directs the Austin Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (AusPREP), a 7-week summer program for underrepresented, high-achieving 6th-9th grade students interested in science and engineering. Dr. Magid is also Co-Director for the Dumpster Project, a sustainability and environmental education initiative housed at Huston-Tillotson University (HT) to turn a dumpster into a happy, healthy home and platform for engaging conversation. Dr. Magid came to HT having served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mexico, and after completing post-doctoral research at ETH-Zurich.
Reed Sternberg Reed grew up in a hippy, environmentalist family but shocked his father when he went to business school. In January, 2008, Reed got involved in environmental advocacy by co-founding the Texas Green Network, a pro-type for a “green” chamber of commerce, which he directed for 6 years. Starting in 2012, Reed directed Earth Day Austin for a 7 year run, developing a broad coalition of partners to support the April event. Reed is currently working as Central Texas Director for the Dallas-based EarthX, the world’s largest Earth Day celebration. Reed has co-hosted the “Shades of Green Radio Show” for 8 years of the show’s 11 year run. Every Thursday, Shades brings live environmental talk radio on KOOP 91.7FM in Austin and is streamed live at KOOP.org. Reed also founded and hosts the annual Austin Green Holiday Party, in partnership with a dozen plus environmental organizations, now going into its 12th year.
Jameila "Meme" Styles (Taliaferro) Ms. Styles is the visionary behind Measure, Chairwoman of Miss Juneteenth, Austin Police Chief’s Award of Excellence recipient, Austin 40 under 40 Finalist 2019/2018/2016, and the Austin Black Chamber 2017 Community Leader of the Year. Ms. Styles holds a Bachelor's of Science in Communications, completing her thesis towards her Masters Of Public Administration and is certified in Performance Measurement through George Washington University College of Professional Studies. She is also co-founder of Early Aware, a software solution providing first responders early awareness of individual differences that may impact communication.
Daniel Llanes As a community organizer, Mr. Llanes is the Chair of River Bluff Neighborhood Association and is a member of the Austin Neighborhoods Council Executive Committee. He is a PODERista, an active member of the Raza Roundtable and the Undoing Racism Austin Collective. Mr. Llanes was declared “Activist of the Year” by NOKOA newspaper in 1991, and in 2007 was one of the first in Austin to receive the Cesar Chavez “Si Se Puede” Award. August 6th, 2015 was proclaimed by the Mayor of Austin to be “Daniel Llanes Day” in appreciation of his prolific artistic contribution to Austin’s vibrant art and cultural scene. As Earth Culture Dancer, Mr. Llanes is an Austin-based performance artist and arts educator, specializing in dance, music & poetry. A prolific writer, choreographer and composer, his original offerings are produced live in a variety of venues ranging from one-man shows and exhibits to ensemble, multi-disciplinary productions.
Jim Walker In his role as Director of Sustainability at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Walker collaborates on sustainability initiatives across campus and with surrounding neighborhoods and the City of Austin. This includes facilitation of the President's Sustainability Steering Committee, campus planning initiatives, supporting resource conservation efforts and various Green Fund projects. He received his Master’s in Community and Regional Planning from UT Austin last century, has worked on sustainability issues in Austin for over 20 years and will always share a cup of coffee to brainstorm the next cool idea. He is the former Executive Director of the Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project.
Andrew Kim Since 2009 Andy Kim has been the Director of Energy & Sustainability at ACC, with responsibility for a wide range of District’s sustainability efforts, including waste reduction and recycling, sustainable transportation, renewable energy generation and managing District’s carbon footprint, as well as working on the green building projects. Andy has a master’s degree in Architectural Planning & Environment; he is a registered architect, certified energy manager and LEED accredited professional. Before Andy joined ACC, Andy has had a varied architectural career covering a range of sectors, including one of the first LEED Platinum buildings, Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas in Muller Development in Austin. Andy serves on the Keep Austin Beautiful Board of Directors.
Angelica Erazo Angelica Erazo is the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for Oracle Corporation where she assists the company in external strategic partnerships and manages the corporate HR blog. Prior to Oracle, Angelica worked on the Hill as a 2017 Fellow for Congresswoman now Senator McSally where she advised staff on tech policy. She currently is a commissioner for the Hispanic Quality of Life Commission and is on the board of Austin Earth Day. She graduated from Huston-Tillotson University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Political Science. Angelica is also a proud Godmother to her Godson Josesito. Her mission statement is to remove barriers for communities of color and create equitable systems.