Our Leadership Lives United

Meet Our Leadership

At United Way for Greater Austin, we know we do our best work when we take care of one another. We can only make progress in the fight against poverty when we give it our all, every day – and engage community leaders with a wide range of expertise and experience.

Board Leadership

Malini Rajput, Board Chair
Kathleen Farlow, Board Treasurer
Kristin Marcum, Board Secretary
Jeremiah Bentley
Dr. Joshua Childs
Patrick Dorsey
Mollie Duckworth
Allison Dwyer
CDR George A. Floyd
Myndi Garrett
Kristie Gonzales
Jehmu Greene
Patrick Hadlock
Cathy Harm
John D. Holmes
Bobby Jenkins
Shawn Kotoske
Heather Ladage
Dr. Sarojani Mohammed
Abbi Miller
Jennifer Poppe
Dr. Richard Rhodes
Yvette E. Ruiz
Scott Rust
Sarah Thompson Schick
Amy Simmons
David C. Smith
Mark Strama, Board Chair-Elect
Charles Thornburgh
Jeff Vernor
Rina vonFrisch

Staff Leadership

David C. Smith

Chief Executive Officer

“I Live United because I love Austin, and I know it can be even better.”

David C. Smith has been in Executive Nonprofit Leadership for more than 25 years in Austin, Texas, leading mission-focused and results-driven organizations to substantial growth. David’s philosophy to nonprofit leadership is that while there are many factors that go into a successful organization, one common thread through all is reaching out to diverse parts of the community to collaboratively find solutions that create real impact.

Catherine Gonzalez

Chief Operating Officer

“I Live United because I believe there should be no demographic tendencies on who is granted an opportunity to thrive.”

Catherine Gonzalez is responsible for executing transformational strategy and operational excellence. Her 20+ years of experience and leadership in Austin, Texas have been focused on developing and delivering long-term solutions, ultimately providing excellent support to our partners and community.

Denisha Agustin

Director of Human Capital

“I Live United by recognizing we’re all works in progress and by showing grace on our journey.”

Denisha Agustin leads the human capital team. Fueled by her passion for people, Denisha works with her team to oversee the development and implementation of human capital strategy and service delivery. She is a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and supports the organization in all things human resources.

Sue Carpenter

Chief Programs Officer

“I Live United by listening to families, civic leaders, and nonprofits; by forging unlikely partnerships; and by investing in innovative solutions to tough problems.”

Sue Carpenter has more than 30 years of professional experience working with nonprofits, with an emphasis in early childhood care and education programming and organizational leadership.

Ashley Haustein

Chief Marketing Officer

“I Live United because each and every person has a unique perspective – and all voices should be heard.”

Ashley Haustein leads the marketing and communications team. Fueled by her passion for storytelling, Ashley works with her team to create content that inspires and delights donors and stakeholders.

Amy Price

Navigation Center Vice President

“I Live United because Central Texas is better when we all have the resources to thrive.”

Amy Price leads the Navigation Center which includes 2-1-1, ConnectATX, and health care navigation programs. Her previous experience includes being a librarian and special education teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and a master’s degree in Library Science from The University of Texas.

Michele Scherz

Chief Development Officer

“I Live United because every child deserves joy, a quality education, and a healthy start to life.”

Michele brings more than 20 years of experience in resource development to United Way. Her fundraising career includes leadership roles in political campaigns, nonprofit organizations, and higher education. Michele most enjoys helping individual donors realize their goal of making a meaningful impact through their philanthropic investment.