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Member Spotlight

Diana Maldonado is a woman who does it all.

Her career has spanned politics, leadership, consulting and more, and along the way she has broken glass ceilings and precedents, becoming the first Latina in many areas of accomplishment. 

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Diana Maldonado is a woman who does it all.

Her career has spanned politics, leadership, consulting and more, and along the way she has broken glass ceilings and precedents, becoming the first Latina in many areas of accomplishment. 

We asked Diana how she discovered Impact Austin.

“I heard about Impact Austin through my business network circles while I was on the Legislature about four years ago.  What caught my attention was that a coalition of women were pulling their resources together to make a greater impact on their recipients and community.  I was fortunate to connect with several members and advocates and they did a great job of recruiting!   I joined last year and worked on the Environment Focus Area Committee.  I enjoyed learning so much about the needs and nonprofits in this area.”

In her work as a Client Service Associate for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and President of Maldonado Strategies, LLC, Diana’s passion is to help people and communities. 

Diana said, “As a former elected official, I had the privilege to serve in the Texas House of Representatives in the 81st session (2009) as the first female and Latina to be elected from Williamson County, and prior to that I served as President of the Round Rock ISD school board in 2006 and served two terms on education policy and budgets.”

In addition to her philanthropic work with Impact Austin, Diana is a member of the Board of Directors of the Seedling Foundation, a supporter of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a member of Texas Wall Street Women, and on the advisory council of Mexic-Arte Museum. 

In 2013, Diana won the Woman of Distinction Award from the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce

Diana’s eyes light up when she talks about her family. 

“I have two wonderful adult children, Alex and Denise.  Denise is gifted in working with children.  She has been working in that area for seven years with an emphasis on underserved communities. Her work has included YMCAs, private academies, nonprofit programs (Latinitas) and she is currently working for AISD at Dobie Pre-K.   Alex, a graduate of St. Edwards University, took his English teaching skills overseas and taught in Hiroshima, Japan for two years and is currently in Bangkok, Thailand with plans to teach in Vietnam and China.  

I’m also very proud of my siblings.  Elsa is a phenomenal world traveler in her role as head of the HR department for a global company, Jose is in sales and marketing for a major lighting company based out of New York and Hector is a former Marine and currently working with Homeland Security on the San Diego border.   

My parents serve as an amazing source of strength for me.  My mother, Amparo, (73) does ministry work and has been working with refugee women in the Taylor facility.  She recently took to texting and using Facebook!  My father, Raul (84), who is in early stages of Alzheimer’s, is a Korean War veteran and was a union activist with the meat packers back in his day and was an avid reader and self-taught in his thirst for knowledge.  (They divorced many years ago and both have remarried).” 

What is the most important thing you have learned or gained through your membership in Impact Austin?

“Organization, structure, timeliness and friendships!”

Diana is a health enthusiast and stays active with running, fitness training and yoga.  She completed her first full marathon in November 2011, and is now training for her fourth in addition to running half marathon races!

What would people be surprised to know about you?!

“I was a huge fan of Donny Osmond while growing up in Eagle Pass, Texas, and I even convinced my mom to let me go see him in Lubbock.  That was my very first concert back in 1978!  I recently saw him again at his Vegas show after 36 years and he is just as handsome as ever. We did a high-five and then later, I waved at him and he waved back, pointed at me, and we locked smiles!!  That first puppy love never goes away!”

Community Partner Spotlight

LifeWorks

www.lifeworksaustin.org
In 2013, we granted $101,000 to LifeWorks, an organization that transitions youth and families from crisis to safety and success. LifeWorks used the Impact Austin funds for the Workforce Development Program, which targets youth who have been emancipated out of foster care and are at risk for joblessness, homelessness and/ or incarceration. Our grant funds expansion of the program to an additional 45 youths per year. 

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LifeWorks

In 2013, we granted $101,000 to LifeWorks, an organization that transitions youth and families from crisis to safety and success. LifeWorks used the Impact Austin funds for the Workforce Development Program, which targets youth who have been emancipated out of foster care and are at risk for joblessness, homelessness and/ or incarceration. Our grant funds expansion of the program to an additional 45 youths per year.

LifeWorks transitions youth and families from crisis to safety and success. Providing a comprehensive safety net of services in Austin, LifeWorks serves 10,000+ individuals annually through 13 programs. Services include outreach & housing for homeless youth, Youth/Adult Counseling, Youth Development, GED, Youth Resource Center, and programs addressing the needs of foster care youth.

LifeWorks' Workforce Development Program targets youth who have been emancipated out of foster care and are at risk for joblessness, homelessness and/or incarceration. The Impact Austin grant will fund expansion of the program to an additional 45 youths per year. The program is divided into five stages: 1. Orientation, Screening and Assessment, 2. Social/Emotional Readiness, 3. Skill Development, 4. Placement/Internship and 5. Transition. The goal of this initiative is to break the cycle of youth moving from foster care to adult social services by assisting youth ages 16-24 in becoming self-sufficient with the ability to seek and maintain employment, sustain housing and cope with the challenges of daily adult life in a responsible manner.

For more details, visit their website: www.lifeworksaustin.org