Leadership

President & Executive Director
Kathy Miller (she/her/hers) is the chief spokesperson for the organization in all public matters. She is responsible for the development, planning, staffing and implementation of all programs. Kathy became TFN President in January 2005. Kathy previously served as Deputy Director from 1996 to 2000 and on the TFN Education Fund Board of Directors. (Click here to see Kathy’s full bio.)

Chief Program Officer
Val Benavidez (she/her/hers) oversees the creation and implementation of programmatic work for TFN. She is a member of the leadership team and works with the Executive Director and Chief Operating & Finance Officer to help guide the vision and strategy of the organization.

Chief Operating & Finance Officer
Ryan Valentine (he/him/his) oversees TFN’s operational, administrative and financial functions and works with President and Chief Programs Officer to guide the strategy and programs of the organization.

Communications

Research Director & Press Secretary
Dan Quinn (he/him/his) works with the news media on TFN issues and manages the organization’s research and public policy reports.

Digital Organizing & Communications Coordinator
Josh Gonzalez (he/him/his) works with the communications and outreach teams to create original and innovative online content, and build strategic media partnerships to spread the reach of Texas Rising.

Deputy Communications Director
José Medina (he/him/his) helps develop and manage TFN’s communications strategies in the media, member communications and online.

Development

Development Director
Rachel Glast (she/her/hers) oversees fundraising for TFN and the TFN Education Fund, including securing critical resources, expanding the organization’s donor and membership base and obtaining foundation support.

Development Officer
Margaret DeWyngaert (she/her/hers) coordinates all aspects of annual giving, including organizational fundraising, special events, digital fundraising and stewardship for donor opportunities.

Major Gifts Officer
Shannon Young (she/her/hers) engages current and prospective supporters to create meaningful opportunities for investing resources in the organization.

Digital + Data

Digital Director
Mark Corcoran (he/him/his) leads TFN’s digital team and develops online strategy, online community and grassroots outreach efforts.

Digital & Data Strategist
Erica Faulkenberry (she/her/hers) develops online strategy and online community and grassroots outreach efforts.

Outreach

Texas Rising Field Director
Rae Martinez (they/them/theirs) trains the next generation of progressive leaders through the Texas Rising leadership program for activists under thirty years old.

Texas Rising Deputy Director
Osmara Santana (she/her/hers)

Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator
Julia Mandel (she/her/hers) coordinates grassroots engagement opportunities to advance TFN’s policy agenda and issue-advocacy campaigns.

Outreach & Faith Director
Sonja Miller (she/her/hers) coordinates TFN’s work with clergy and faith communities, with a special focus on reproductive rights/justice and LGBTQ equality.

Outreach and Faith Organizer
Angela Williams (she/her/hers) organizes TFN’s work with clergy and faith communities, with a special focus on reproductive rights/justice and LGBTQ equality, and she expands the overall outreach efforts of the organization with an emphasis in the areas of Central Texas and Rio Grande Valley.

Outreach & Faith Coordinator
Rev. Erika Wilson (she/her/hers) coordinates TFN’s work with clergy and faith communities, with a special focus on reproductive rights/justice and LGBTQ equality.

Field

Regional Field Coordinator — Rio Grande Valley
Ofelia Alonso (she/her/hers) expands the overall outreach efforts of the organization with an emphasis in the Rio Grande Valley.

Regional Field Coordinator — San Antonio/San Marcos
Lexy Garcia (she/her/hers) expands the overall outreach efforts of the organization with an emphasis in the areas of San Antonio and San Marcos.

Regional Field Coordinator — Austin
Ivy Major-McDowal (she/her/hers) expands the overall outreach efforts of the organization with an emphasis in the Austin area.

Regional Field Coordinator — Dallas
PJ Martinez (he/him/his) expands the overall outreach efforts of the organization with an emphasis in the Dallas area.

Census and Civic Engagement Coordinator — Houston
Lisa Sargent (she/her/hers) recruits, trains and manages teams of college-age students on area campuses to build grassroots power and implement census, civic engagement, and issue-based advocacy campaigns.

Policy

Political Director
Carisa Lopez (she/her/hers) coordinates local, legislative and executive policy advocacy to advance the mission of the organization.

Administration

Office Manager
Palmer McLean (she/her/hers) manages TFN and TFN Education Fund financials, office operations, oversees vendor services and provides support for all programs.

Administrative Assistant
Kelly O’Halloran (she/her/hers) provides administrative, logistical and bookkeeping support for the organization and all programs.

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