Board of Directors Expands and Welcomes New Members
With the start of our new fiscal year on July 1, Impact Austin welcomed new Board President and introduced an expanded board of directors that included several new members.
Katherine Mudge explained, "The expansion of the Board from 9 to 16 members and the addition of six new, amazing women to the Board will go down as a significant event in Impact Austin’s history. The talent, passion, insight, network, and vision that the new Board members bring and share will have a lasting effect on our organization as we continue to embrace diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and to ensure Impact Austin remains relevant to and meets the needs of our community. We are so very lucky to have the newest Board members join us on our journey that is Impact Austin."
Executive Director Christina Gorczynski added, "A strong partnership between a Board of Directors and the Executive Director is critical to the success of any nonprofit organization. I am proud to say that the Board and I are pursuing our mission in lockstep." Christina commented further, "The empathy and curiosity of the Board reflect the core values of Impact Austin and those that exist in each and every Impact Austin member."
Impact Austin expresses sincere gratitude to the Governance Committee, led by Jenny Cotner, for assembling an extraordinary FY22 board. Meet our newest members below and see all of Impact Austin's leadership here.
VP Austin Community Relations Manager, Bank of America Lillian Díaz Gray serves as the Bank of America Community Relations Manager for the Austin market, where she’s responsible for corporate social responsibility activities including local grant making, local deployment of national initiatives such as Neighborhood Builders and Student Leaders and building community partner relationships and collaborations in the market. She recently completed a two-year term as Chair of the Bank of America Austin Community Volunteers Council, overseeing company volunteerism strategy and engagement. Lillian is passionate about financial literacy and serves as a Bank of America Better Money Habits Champion. She has over 20 years of experience in domestic and international wholesaling, wealth management and private banking. An avid supporter of the Austin community, Lillian is a proud 2015 graduate of Leadership Austin Essential, a program that brings together cross-industry, established leaders that reflect the diversity of Greater Austin. She has also held leadership roles in The Junior League of Austin as an Active and a Sustainer. Lillian also serves in the Hispanic Impact Fund 2020 Grant Review Committee and SOMOS Austin Host Committee. Lillian is particularly interested in equal access to a quality education and served a four-year term on the Board of Directors of Wayside Schools, a network of public charter schools serving primarily Hispanic/Latino students. She also serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of Con Mi MADRE, Fundraising Chair on the Board of Directors of Catch The Next and Advancement Committee member on the Board of Directors of Impact Austin. Lillian was honored with the 2018, 2019 and 2020 President’s Volunteer Service Award, a recognition that thanks and honors Americans who, by their demonstration and example, inspire others to serve. She also received the 2020 Bank of America Global Volunteer Award, the company’s most prestigious recognition for employees making exceptional contributions to community efforts locally and globally. She has also been recognized by the Austin Chamber of Commerce (Austin Gives 2020 and 2021 Generous Business Awards’ Volunteer of the Year Finalist and Generous Business Awards (Extra Large Business) Winner) and the Greater Austin Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2020 Capital of Texas Latina Industry Leaders Finalist). Lillian earned her B.A. in Psychology at Yale University, where she worked in clinical research and the very first Yale Capital Campaign. A native Spanish speaker, Lillian was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has found a second home in Austin where she lives with her husband Mike and their French Bulldog Nilla.
Senior Director of Strategy and Integration, Girl Scouts of Central Texas Earind Jackson is a champion for positive social change. Throughout her career, Earind has focused her vision with Girl Scouts of Central Texas, where she drives forward strategic initiatives and council-wide projects. Earind is passionate about building organizations that build people who build their communities. Earind is a proud graduate of Baylor University. She is a member of The Junior League of Austin, the Beta Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and is a graduate of Leadership Austin Essential Class 42.
Kimberly brings years of prior consulting and project management experience to her love of serving the community. Seeing a need to offer more low-commitment volunteer opportunities and provide education about the work of local nonprofits, she started a group called Gathering Hands in the hopes participants would enjoy dedicating their time to our community and to find organizations they want to support further in the process. In addition to these efforts, Kimberly has dedicated her support to Impact Austin since 2009. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping up with her two very active boys and trying new things!
Vice President Human Resources, Open Mortgage Joanna Nolte is a highly experienced, visionary HR executive with 30+ years of corporate experience with large multi-national companies. She is energized by helping individuals achieve their potential and has served as a Board Member for Inroads and the Institute for Workplace Equality. Joanna received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking, practicing the piano, and helping to make the world a more beautiful place through interior design.
Margaret von Flatern
Chief Operating Officer, FVF LAW Margaret is a born and bred Austinite, and she is dedicated to serving this community. Under Margaret’s leadership, FVF Law has formed strong partnerships with a wide variety of nonprofits including HAAM (The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), Girls Empowerment Network, Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas, Meals on Wheels of Central Texas, and the Austin Humane Society. Prior to joining FVF Law, Margaret had a successful career in the energy industry where she spent nearly 20 years in leadership. She excels at building diverse and high-functioning teams that exceed both internal and external expectations. Margaret has a BA in Business from St. Edwards University. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active, UT baseball, outdoor movies, and spending time with her husband Aaron and son Fielder.
Global Program Manager, Google Ricki currently works as a Global Program Manager for Google Search and Assistant. She’s responsible for operational rigor, end to end execution and influencing key decisions. Ricki has managed to turn her passion for solving complex problems into a successful coaching business. She coaches new grads, marginalized groups, and women on how to build confidence and marry their passion with their purpose. Ricki is a self published author of 99 Prompts to Mindfulness & Well-Being where she inspires you to find your why in life and transform your gifts into your work. To learn more, you can visit https://www.rickiwax.com.
Impact Austin welcomes all to interactive webinars hosted by the Board of Directors, including an upcoming "Meet the Board" event on Friday, October 22, 2021 - Register Now! The video from last year's event can be found here.
Learn more here about Impact Austin, our leadership, and the Strategic Plan voted by our Board of Directors.