Val Benavidez (she/her/ella)

President and Executive Director
Val Benavidez is the chief spokesperson for the organization in all public matters. She is responsible for the development, planning, staffing, and implementation of all programs. Val became president in November 2020 and was previously the Texas Freedom Network’s chief program officer. Read Val’s full bio.

Kelsey Hitchingham (she/her/hers)

Vice President of Finance & Operations
Kelsey oversees TFN’s operational, administrative, and financial functions and works with the President and staff leadership to guide the strategy and programs of the organization.

Lawrence Green (he/him/his)

Vice President of People & Culture
Lawrence works to cultivate an equitable and inclusive organizational culture and people-centered practices to ensure a healthy and sustainable organization, and is the head of Human Resources at TFN.

Marti Bier (they/them/theirs)

Vice President of Programs
Marti oversees the creation and implementation of programmatic work for TFN. They are a member of the leadership team and work with the Executive Director and VP of Finance & Operations to help guide the vision and strategy of the organization.


Adri Pérez (they/them/theirs)

Organizing Director

Alex Flucke (she/her/hers)

Texas Rising Regional Program Coordinator

Carisa Lopez (she/her/hers)

Senior Political Director

Corisha Rogers (she/her/hers)

Texas Rising Regional Program Manager

Dania Hindi (she/her/hers)

Texas Rising Senior Regional Program Coordinator

Emerald Belmarez (she/her/hers)

Organizing Strategist

Emily Witt (she/her/hers)

Communications & Media Strategist

Emma Ledford (she/her/hers)

Communications & Digital Media Coordinator

Estrella Torres (she/they)

Texas Rising Regional Program Coordinator

Erica Wollman (she/her/hers)

Senior Executive Assistant

Felicia Simpson (she/her/hers)

Development Coordinator

Hannah Hughes (she/her/hers)

Data & Tech Coordinator

Imelda Mejia (she/her/hers)

Communications Director

Ivonne Diaz (she/her/hers)

Texas Rising Senior Regional Program Coordinator

Jasmine Tellez (she/they)

Texas Rising Senior Regional Program Coordinator

Jessica Valdez (she/her/hers)

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Lexy Garcia (she/her/hers)

Texas Rising Senior Regional Program Manager

Mark Corcoran (he/him/his)

Senior Digital and Technology Director

Mel Leblanc (they/them/theirs)

Texas Rising Regional Program Coordinator

Ofelia Alonso (she/her/hers)

Texas Rising Director

Osmara Santana (she/her/hers)

Human Resources Manager

Palmer McLean (she/her/hers)

Senior Office Manager

Rachel Glast (she/her/hers)

Senior Development Director

Rocío Fierro-Pérez (she/her/hers)

Senior Political Coordinator

Sabrina Bustillos (she/they)

Digital Strategist

Shan Schaffer

Just Texas Faith Organizer

Shannon Young (she/her/hers)

Senior Donor Relations Manager

Stephanie Dominguez (she/her/hers)

Texas Rising Senior Regional Program Coordinator

Vivianna Perez (she/her/hers)


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