Renee has 15 years of management, resource development and communications experience, raising millions of dollars and community support for underserved populations in Austin, TX. Her greatest strengths are donor development, communications, corporate giving, special events, grant writing, program development, and public relations.
Renée received her M.A. in Latin American Studies and was employed as a Lecturer by the Latin American Studies and Spanish Departments at the University of Kansas. Much of her work in Austin has been dedicated to strengthening and diversifying funding sources in order to expand services to underserved populations.
Before joining Austin Smiles, Renee served as the Chief Development Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. Before that, she was the Director of Development for the Austin Child Guidance Center, the Grants Development Specialist at Easter Seals Central Texas and the Education Program Director/Grant Writer for Manos de Cristo.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Vela and is the Board President of LOLA-Local Opera Local Artists. Renée was a member of Impact Austin from 2015-2017. She volunteered as the international matching grants coordinator for the Rotary Club of Austin and is a past board member of Austin Cops for Charities.
Making a difference in the world and inspiring others to support humanity is her life’s work. She has always admired Austin Smiles’s work in the community. She is honored to join the team and be a part of our life-changing work for so many children in need.