Leadership

Paulina Artieda

Executive Director

With over 15 years of experience in marketing, Paulina is a driven and self-directed Creative Thinker that has focused her career on delivering solutions for multicultural communities, as well as helping clients connect with audiences in relevant and meaningful ways.

As a seasoned Creative, she has led above the line, below the line and experiential and cause marketing campaigns for a variety of clients including Bacardi REI, James R. Jordan Foundation, Nike and Capital IDEA. Most recently, Paulina has taken on a role as a Design Thinking Coach in the tech industry and is currently the Executive Director for The New Philanthropists. She's a scholar at life and is passionate about mentoring and philanthropy.

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Mando Rayo

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Mando is CEO and Engagement Strategist at Mando Rayo + Collective, a multicultural advertising agency based in Austin, Texas.

Mando’s work is deep rooted in multicultural experiences and works on campaigns with such brands as KLRU-TV, PBS Austin, Capital Area Food Bank, Blanton Museum of Art, Texas Beef Council, Austin Film Society, Whataburger, People en Español Magazine y más. Mando's work has been featured on Bon Appetite Magazine, The Food Network, NPR, The New York Times and SXSW!

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Board of Directors

Monica Maldonado Williams

Co-Founder & Co-Chair

Monica Maldonado Williams is a strategic advocate for community engagement with 20+ years experience. As a communications and marketing director, collaborative strategist, and media entrepreneur, she's leveraged content and relationships to build communities around a brand or a cause.

For the past 10 years, Monica has led GivingCity Austin, a local news organization that supports the work of volunteers, donors and activists and promotes community engagement. As founder and director of that organization, she has consulted with dozens of organizations and groups about community engagement and has established deep relationships with many nonprofit and civic leaders. Monica is an active community volunteer and she speaks often on topics such as nonprofits, communications strategy, diversity, and social good.

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Llyas Salahud-din

Founding Board Member

Llyas is a nonprofit, fundraising and outreach consultant. After being recruited to Austin in 2011, Llyas became known for his ability to inspire others through cross-sector collaborative change and being an extended voice for youth who have faced the most unimaginable circumstances.

He has a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. He is a 2017 Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) McBeeFellow, a future Leadership Austin board member, sits on the boards of Capitol View Arts and 100 Black Men. Llyas believes his “paying it forward” drive stems from his foster mother who raised 53 foster youth over her lifetime. He enjoys mentoring a group of foster kids and inspires them to feel confident in their ability to have a meaningful education, employment and life.

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Brenda Coleman Beattie

Board Member

For more than 20 years, Brenda has served on Austin area, nonprofit boards They include Zach Theatre, OneStar Foundation, and Central Health. Further, she has been a life-long advocate for people with disabilities and those who live with a mental illness.

She has the ability to lead and work well with teams, organizational hierarchy, including board leadership, and stakeholders. Professionally, Brenda has a 15+ years successful record of accomplishments in executive-level and consulting positions in healthcare. She specializes in transformation, start-up, and turn-around situations managing complex matters and demanding timelines in various geographic locations throughout the U.S.

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Angelica Erazo

Board Member

Angelica Erazo is the Sr. 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 White House Fellow for Congresswoman McSally Arizona District 2 where she advised staff on tech policy.She is the current Acting Chair for the Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Commission for the City of Austin and is on the board of Austin Earth Day, The New Philanthropist, and sits on the Trail Foundation Steering Committee. She graduated from Huston-Tillotson University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Political Science. Angelica received awards for her work around diversity and inclusion such as the Austin Mosaic Award for being a Rising Star, Received “Exceptional Woman Leader,” by State Rep Donna Howard and received the “Hurricane Hero Award,” by both Shell Corporation and Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner. On her spare time, Angelica enjoys gardening and spending time with her godson Josesito.

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Max Elliot

Board Member

Max Elliott, LMSW, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Urban Roots, holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from University of Essex, England, a Master of Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Tulane University, and a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from UC Santa Cruz.

He is the former Co-Director of the New Orleans Food & Farm Network and was a founding member of the City of Austin Food Policy Board. Currently, he is the Co-Chair of the Once Voice Equity and Social Justice Committee.

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Denise Hernandez

Board Member

Denise D. Hernandez is a Lawyer and Social Entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is the Co-Founder of Hustle for the Cause, LLC., a social impact production company owned by LGBTQ women of color. Hernandez is also the founder of Chingona Fest Texas, an empowerment festival for the Latinx community.

Her humble beginnings fuels her passion for empowering and uplifting marginalized communities. Since launching Hustle for the Cause, Hernandez has been nationally recognized by PBS for her philanthropic contributions, and honored as an Anne McAfee Leader of Cultural Change in Central Texas. Her work consists of multicultural productions that celebrate diversity and inclusion for the Latinx community and the LGBTQ community. Her vision is to produce experiences and content that inspire young people of color to become ChangeMakers!

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Cody Horton

Board Member

Cody Horton is the Founder and Managing Director for Diverse Recruiting Experts LLC. He serves his team, clients and candidates with diversity recruiting leadership expertise.

His personal mission and vision are: Vision: Empower People To Change Their Lives 
 Mission: Connect Great People With Great Companies Prior embarking on this entrepreneurial journey, Cody spent over 20 years in a variety of leadership roles in the US Navy and companies including Walmart, Microsoft, Dell, Deloitte, Rackspace, Thoughtworks and Sunpower. 
 He has held several roles as Head of Talent Acquisition and Diversity Recruiting where he was responsible for helping the business attract and hire great people to build a diverse and inclusive workforce. Cody has a diverse background and has led teams in IT, College Recruiting, Diversity recruiting and training. He started his career in the US Navy where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander and served in a variety of leadership, recruiting, and operational roles. He earned a Masters of Science in Management (Information Technology) from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico and maintains his SPHR certification. 
 Cody and his wife Dorothy live in Round Rock. They have two daughters who have graduated from college and are now empty nesters.

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