Community Advisory Board
Community Advisory Board
Within the central Texas area there are many organizations and individuals that seek to promote gender equity and to understand and improve the lives of women, girls, and families. We applaud their efforts and endeavor to provide scholarly support for their work. Our Community Advisory Board includes representatives from business, the arts, and education that are involved in such efforts. We work with these distinguished community leaders to plan programs and workshops that allow our faculty and students to learn from the experience of community members and that provide scholarly support to groups seeking to understand and advance the position of women and girls. We will also seek the board's assistance in our development efforts, so that we can achieve financial security for our programs.
Attorney, author of A Women's Odyssey, active participant in environmental and political causes. She is a freelance writer and the former Chief of the Antitrust Division of the Texas Attorney General's office. She also served on the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Susan is a community activist and volunteer. She has worked in the non profit world for over 40 years developing programs, writing grants and fundraising. Most recently, she worked at UT's Development Office providing stewardship for endowment donors.
Nancy Baker Jones
A founder and current president of the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women’s History, she is a historian, writer, editor, and educator with professional experience in nonprofit, corporate, and academic settings. Her focus for decades has been on educational and social equity. She earned the Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas at Austin, has published essays, videos, and poetry, is co-author (with Winegarten) of Capitol Women, a history of women in the Texas Legislature that won the Liz Carpenter Award, and she is an alumna of Leadership Texas.
Practicing lawyer for the past 22 years, in Houston, Dallas and Austin. For the majority of her career, she has been fortunate to represent individuals against corporate interests. Because much of her work has involved death caused by occupational exposures, many of her clients have been widows; her life has been touched by each of them and the strength and power they have shown in the worst circumstances. Lynn is also a single mom raising 2 teenagers, Zachary and Katie, whom she regards as her biggest reward in this life and the next. Recently, she took a few years for self-improvement and reflection and began pursuing a Masters' degree in Art History with a portfolio in Gender and Women's Studies.
Perla Cavazos is from San Benito, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley. She has lived in Austin for 15 years. She received her BA from Stanford University and an MPAff from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Perla is a Policy Analyst at Texas Legal Services Center and previously worked in the Texas Senate. In 2009, she was a candidate for the Place 1 City Council position. Although she was not elected, she continues to be an active force within the city. Perla serves on the Mayor’s Community Cabinet and the Imagine Austin Citizen’s Advisory Task Force. Perla also serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood and LUPE Arte. She is a founding member of FuturoFund and volunteers with GENaustin. Perla is past president of the Austin Women’s Political Caucus and has served on the city’s Planning Commission, Commission for Women, and Resource Management Commission.
Attorney and community leader. Currently, Flores is President of the National Women’s Political Caucus, President of the MexicArte Museum Board, and on the board of Leadership Austin. In the past, she served as President of the Texas Political Caucus, legislative coordinator for the Mexican-American Bar Association, and two terms as chair of the Women's Advocacy Board.
Educational consultant, community activist, and author. Levinson used to work for the Texas Education Agency. She is active in the Austin Interfaith Alliance andin the Breast Cancer Resource Center.
When she was just 26 years old, Rachel Muir launched Girlstart, a non-profit organization to empower girls in math, science, engineering and technology in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card. She’s raised over 10 million dollars and has been featured on Oprah, CNN, the Today show. Most recently Ms. Muir was recruited to lead the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin. In less than a year she doubled the budget from $850k to almost 1.7 million, raised more than $500,000 to create a world-class milk.
Mary Sanger has had a professional career in community organizing and electoral politics. As a program specialist with the Environmental Defense Fund, her work focused on growth and development issues, water and farm bill policies. She was the co-author of a number of publications, including Texas Environmental Almanac and “Fair Warning: Global Warming and the Lone Star State.” She was the founder and project leader for the Hill Country Roundtable, a 17 county initiative to protect the natural resources and heritage of this unique ecological region of Texas. She managed two successful campaigns for statewide officeholders. As an appointee of Governor Ann Richards, she served on the Texas Housing and Community Development Board. Sanger has served on the Boards of Women and Their Work, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service; Hancock Neighborhood Association and currently, the Hill Country Alliance. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas, Austin.Nancy Scanlan
Professional award-winning photographer and long-time community leader. In addition to her work with Save Our Springs Alliance in Austin, she is a board member of KMFA, classical radio station in Austin, TX; Texas Photographic Society, and Advisory Councils of the University of Texas School of Architecture and the Ransom Center.
Judge Bea Ann Smith
Justice on the Texas Court ofAppeals, Third District. She also is the first Texas judge to serve as president of the National Association of Women Judges. She is on the faculty of the Institute of Judicial Administration at New York University Law School and is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Law School. In 1999 she won the Outstanding Achievement award by the Women Lawyers Association. She is a member of Leadership Texas and the Texas Journal of Women and the Law and the Journal of Texas Administrative Law.
VP, Diversified Communication Engineering, Inc. (DCE), a consulting engineering firm. In 1986 she co-founded Global Information Technologies, Inc. (Global), the Managing Partner for Corridor Television, L.L.P. During the past 20 plus years, Global has owned and operated numerous communication companies that were developed and sold to companies such as Sprint, NexTel and Argyle Television.
Principal of Garza Independence High School in AISD since 2008.Garza Independence High School, which opened in January of 1998, is a public school of choice for any student with 10 or more credits who has completed two full years of high school and who wishes to earn a high school diploma.