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.
David C. Smith
Chief Executive Officer
“I Live United because I love this Greater Austin community, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Human Capital
“I Live United because there is “common unity” in the word “community” and together we can achieve more.”
Ashley Mitchell has more than 15 years of HR leadership experience and a strong passion to support employees and the community. In her free time, Ashley enjoys volunteering, nature walks, urban ballroom dancing, and hanging out with friends.
Vice President of Williamson County
“I Live United because everyone should have the opportunity to thrive.”
Amy Mizcles leads the organization’s work in Williamson County. She is passionate about bringing the community together to address the underlying causes and consequences of poverty. Amy brings 20+ years of experience in public policy, government relations, program development, and nonprofit leadership.
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.
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.