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.

Staff Leadership

David 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.

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.

Laura Clarke

Chief Transformation Officer

“I Live United because when one of us does better, we all do better.”

Laura Clarke leads the systems and operations team, tackling complex challenges and uniting teams around sustainable solutions. Driven by her passion for systems, technology, and operations, Laura works with the entire organization to create and implement innovative solutions to ensure the organization thrives.

Ray Blue

Chief Development Officer

“I Live United because we can accomplish more when we work together than when we go it alone.”

Ray Blue has more than 20 years of experience managing top-tier corporate accounts and donor relationships. He has built and led dynamic teams for various nonprofit organizations, integrating development systems that are rooted in a donor-centered approach.

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

Director of Marketing & Communications

“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.

Katrina Jackson

Managing Director to the CEO

“I Live United because everyone benefits when we work together.”

Katrina Jackson brings 26 years of experience primarily in the private sector. She has a passion for helping people live their best lives. In partnership with the CEO, Katrina’s focus is ensuring the organization delivers on a 5-year strategic plan.

Board Leadership