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.

She attended the University of Texas at Austin and has a Bachelor of Science in Advertising, with a concentration in the Creative Sequence and a minor in Business. Paulina's leadership skills have stemmed from various roles, including: Creative Director, Bilingual Marketing Consultant, Digital Strategist and Design Thinking Coach. As Executive Director for The New Philanthropists, she leads all efforts in making Austin nonprofit boards more diverse and inclusive. She is passionate about elevating the discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion among leadership circles and in helping add more seats at  tables where representation is crucial. Paulina is a Leadership Activist who also has served as a CASA of Travis County advocate for over three years, is a scholar at life and 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

Denise Hernandez

Board Chair

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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Angelica Erazo

Treasurer

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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Cody Horton

Secretary

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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Monica Maldonado Williams

Co-Founder, Board Member

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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Max Elliott

Max Elliott

Board Member

Max Elliott, LMSW, Co-Founder of Urban Roots and Social Worker, 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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Janice Omadeke

Janice Omadeke

Board Member

Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, an enterprise platform helping companies keep and develop their diverse talent using the proven power of mentorship. Using a double-blind algorithm, The Mentor Method is closing the opportunity equity gap in the workplace.

Janice is a 2020 Austin Under 40 nominee and winner of DivInc’s Champion of Change Diversity Champion of the Year for the city of Austin. Venture-backed by funds including Backstage Capital and Capital Factory, Janice's company was a finalist at the Grace Hopper annual conference in 2018, is a MassChallenge Texas Gold winner, a 50 on Fire winner for both Austin and DC Inno, and a 2017 Startup Grind Global Exhibition selection. Black Enterprise recognizes Janice as one of DC’s top 5 black women in tech. She has also been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur magazine, and she was a subject matter expert at the 2016 White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow. Janice is certified in Entrepreneurship from MIT, and is PMP certified with over 10 years of corporate leadership experience for Fortune 500 companies.

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Ian Burk

Ian Burk

Board Member

With a strong track record in the technology arena, I have been involved in transformations that include growing organizations, fixing problems, and driving results. As someone who pursues change and professional challenges, I have worked in ambiguous environments, and enjoy seeing the opportunities in risk.

I have been a part of at least 4 booms, 3 large market downturns, several consolidations, and one of the largest founder-led LBOs ever. Having been personally involved and hands- on with 31 acquisitions, 4 divestitures, and dozens of other due diligence exercises, I have an entrepreneurial spirit that helps me succeed in a variety of situations. My career reflects my ability to connect business and process to deliver positive performance in a wide range of contexts. I have held visible leadership roles in operations, integration, strategy, corporate development, and sales and marketing. With a unique ability to create and execute strategic plans, I'm proud to say my efforts have helped businesses thrive. In addition to my own professional pursuits, I also get a lot of joy in teaching MBA students to deploy the tools of business while finding their calling – many of whom are focused on entrepreneurial ventures.

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