Our Leadership Lives United

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  breaking economic barriers and building opportunity for all when we give it our all, every day – and engage community leaders with a wide range of expertise and experience.

Board Leadership

Mark Strama, Board Chair
Kristin Marcum, Board Chair-Elect
Jennifer Poppe, Board Treasurer
Blake Absher
Jeremiah Bentley
Dr. Joshua Childs
Mollie Duckworth
Allison Dwyer
Andy Esparza
Jennifer Foster
Jay Fox
Ryan Frederick
Michele Glaze
Jehmu Greene
Cristina Guajardo
Cathy Harm
John D. Holmes
Laura Huffman
Bobby Jenkins
Dr. Anjum Khurshid
Ed Latson
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart
Amanda Luther
Hon. Rudy Metayer
Abbi Miller
Dr. Sarojani Mohammed
Dave Porter
Malini Rajput
Yvette E. Ruiz
Scott Rust
Michele Scott
David C. Smith
Karen Steakley
Charles Thornburgh
Jeff Vernor
Alison Walgren
Jennifer Wu

Staff Leadership

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.

Alison Bentley, Ph.D.

Vice President of Impact – Data and Evaluation

“I Live United because together we create a stronger, more resilient community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.”

Alison Bentley leads the Data and Evaluation team, to ensure that data-driven decision making is used to create positive social change in our community. She works collaboratively with United Way team members and community organizations to manage and analyze data to provide valuable insights into the needs and challenges faced by our community, determine the effectiveness of programs and interventions, and measure impact of our community coalitions. Alison has a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Texas at Austin.

Aaron DeLaO

Vice President of Impact – Education, Early Childhood, and Advancement

“I Live United because I believe systems change is more easily achieved by people coming together to collectively create a world where all can access opportunity and prosper equally.”

Aaron DeLaO is an experienced and strategic leader who has successfully created and expanded impactful programs in community and mental health, hunger relief, affordable housing, and employee wellness in Central Texas. In all his work, he aims to collaboratively disrupt the prevailing status quo of inequity and foster a society where all people can achieve their self-determined happiness.

Vanessa Hartman

Vice President of Systems and Operations

“I Live United because I believe anything is achievable when you have the powerful force of collective good.”

Vanessa Hartman leads systems and operations for the organization. With over 20 years of her career spent at United Way for Greater Austin, she understands the importance of a strong infrastructure. Her passion is ensuring we have a collaborative, innovative, and sustainable working environment so that we can break economic barriers and build opportunities for all.

Ashley Mitchell

Chief People Officer

“I Live United because there is “common unity” in the word “community” and together we can achieve more.”

Ashley Mitchell is a visionary leader empowering change through people. With a passion for social impact, she drives HR strategies that foster collaboration, diversity, and community engagement. Ashley has 15+ years of experience developing and implementing HR strategies that support the organization’s goals and foster a culture of excellence, inclusiveness, and innovation.

Amy Mizcles

Vice President of Impact – 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.

Ashley Pierce

Chief Marketing Officer

“I Live United because every person has a unique perspective… and our community is better when we’re curious, listen, and learn from each other.”

Ashley Pierce leads the marketing and communications team. Driven by her values for inclusive storytelling and equity, Ashley works with her team to share the story and impact of United Way here in our community.

Amy Price

Vice President of Impact – Community Health and Resource Navigation

“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.

Ellen Richards

Vice President of Addressing Cancer Together

“I Live United because I believe that working together we can create opportunities for every person to build the foundation they need to reach their full potential.”

Ellen Richards serves as the Vice President of Addressing Cancer Together. Ellen is a strategist, problem solver, and connector who brings more than 25 years of experience in health, social services, and education.

Joy Roscoe

Senior DEI Manager

“I Live United because every person deserves the opportunity to be their authentic self and reach their full potential. The barriers that challenge that can only be overcome when we work together as a community.”

Joy Roscoe is a strategic and passionate leader that leverages her background of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and program management to create DEI programs. Joy is responsible for the development and execution of the organization’s DEI strategy, in collaboration with the DEI Committee. Her goal is to implement DEI principles into every aspect of the organization to ensure we model the change we wish to drive in the community we serve.

Abby Sandlin

Chief Development Officer

“I Live United because we are all in the same boat. If we row together, we can accomplish great things.”

Abby Sandlin leads United Way for Greater Austin’s work to engage members of our community in contributing their time, talent, and treasure to breaking economic barriers for all in Central Texas. She leverages fundraising, marketing, and management skills to drive growth for mission-based companies to scale impact for communities.

Ingrid Taylor

Chief Impact Officer

“I Live United because divisions and inequities in our community inhibit opportunity to imagine and build better ways to help each other thrive. We can all live more vibrantly when we work and live together united.”

Ingrid Taylor brings a highly organized and enthusiastic manner to her work, which over the span of her career has included positions as an elected school board trustee as well as in nonprofit and governmental roles.