Board of directors
Jen Pavich is a Feminist Life and Leadership Coach, a certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and the host of the Unquiet Sisterhood podcast. Jen has held leadership roles in corporate, education, policy, and nonprofit organizations, in addition to serving on a variety of nonprofit boards. She served on the board of Partners for Women's Equality, a US-based, indigenous women-led organization with operations on three continents from 2010-2014. She also served as board co-chair for the Minnesota Women's Consortium, a statewide public policy and advocacy organization. Jen is passionate about empowering women to lean into courageous leadership. Her experience in advocacy and policy work has enabled her to take part in courageous conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism for more than a decade.
Kali Adams has spent her recent years as a public servant committed to eliminating homelessness across the state of Texas and currently serves as the Homelessness Programs Specialist at the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. As a native-Austinite, Kali is passionate about seeing true change in the city that shaped her as a child and in seeing Austin transform into a better, stronger community for all of its people. She is passionate about community development and social justice, especially as it relates to housing and public health. Kali holds her Bachelors in International Development and Social Change and her Masters in Community Development and Planning from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. When she’s not spending time with her family, she enjoys camping, gardening, and almost any outdoor activity you can name. You can regularly catch her and her 100-pound rescue pup, Lily, at any of Austin’s amazing parks.
Felicia Peña is a Public Affairs Manager for H-E-B in the Central Texas Region. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a certificate degree in Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofits. Felicia has worked at local nonprofit organizations, including United Way for Greater Austin and Central Texas Food Bank, serving in a few different roles, most recently as Director of Community Engagement.
Felicia currently serves as Secretary of YWCA Greater Austin and as a member at large of the Shoal Creek Conservancy and Communities in Schools Central Texas. She has served as President of the Young Hispanic Professional Association of Austin, VP of YNPN Austin, Strategic Partnerships Chair for the Young Women's Alliance, and as the 2017 YWA Austin Under 40 Awards Chair, an annual fundraising event honoring Austin's most accomplished young professionals. Felicia was also a participant in the 2013 class of Leadership Austin Emerge.
Leonor is passionate about building strong community/teams and together bringing our best self into everything she do. She is naturally curious about other cultures and enjoy learning in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment. Bazaldua believes in fostering an environment of equality and justice for all.
Dr. Tracilynn Wright-Bloodworth received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, a Master of Education degree from Concordia University Chicago and a Doctor of Education degree from Concordia University Texas. She has over 25 years of service in public education in both Illinois and Texas as a teacher, campus principal, and district administrator. Dr. Wright has been committed to equitable and innovative opportunities for all children, especially those most marginalized, and is thrilled to join the YWCA Greater Austin Board of Directors to support their mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities. Dr. Wright also serves on the executive board of the Capital Area Association of Black School Educators (CAABSE). She recently celebrated her one year wedding anniversary to her husband, Christopher Bloodworth.
Mashariki is an unapologetic black woman, loving wife, outdoor enthusiast, and self-proclaimed barbeque connoisseur committed to nurturing an anti-racist practice. She has over 15 years of experience working for social change and developing strategies for growth and sustainability in the nonprofit sector.
As a social justice champion, she advocates for racial equity in education, housing, criminal justice, healthcare, and employment. Mashariki is an avid volunteer, mentor, and literacy coach to students. She enjoys long walks with her husband and taking adventurous camping trips with family and friends.
Currently Mashariki serves on the Board Governance Committee.
Cecile is most excited about leading efforts to drive diversity and inclusion in a business or community. In business, Cecile is advocating for women leadership via multiple Employee Resources Groups and campus recruitment events. In community, she serves 300+ hours annually to keep children, women and men with different backgrounds connected safely and grow healthy together. Cecile is an Achiever, Connector, and Leader, excelling at driving results with team collaboration to deliver services and products that cultivate a better-connected world. She comes from a two-generation female cancer survivor family and enjoys learning new things all the time. After graduated from MBA at McCombs business school, University of Texas at Austin, Cecile joined Dell as a Business Intelligence Manager for Small Business Sector in North America. She currently is a Marketing Operations Manager for Server Business in North America. Cecile has been working with several non-profits in the past for refugee camp youth education, low-income residency neighborhood building and healthcare services in the local community.
Laura Razo is a 22 year educational professional and currently a Statewide Career and Technical Education Coordinator for the Texas Education Agency. She has served as part of the Nuestra Palabra Educator Outreach team for the Edward James Olmos Latino Book and Family Festival and is a founding member of the Librotraficante Caravan: social justice through literacy, intellectual freedom, and performance protest. She is a 15 year volunteer for the National Hispanic Institute and is currently a Board Trustee. She has served as a Puente Mentor and has been recognized by various organizations for her work: 2013 MANA Outstanding Houston Area Educator, 2009 Baytown Sun’s-Unsung Hero, 2008 National Hispanic Alumni of the year, 2000 Educator of Year-Nuestra Palabra.
Angelica M. Reyes is the Director for St. Gabriel’s Pregnancy & Parenting Program with Catholic Charities of Central Texas, a Central Texas non-profit organization dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering Central Texans out of poverty. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Sociology and holds a master’s in business administration from LeTourneau University. She has enjoyed 25-year career working in the realm of healthcare administration and nonprofit management. She has worked for healthcare systems such as Ascension Seton Healthcare, St. David’s Healthcare and Austin Oaks Hospital. In addition, she has held key positions in national and local non-profits such as American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, and It’s Time Texas. A native Austinite raised in East Austin, she has a passion for serving and giving back to her community. In her free time Angelica enjoys spending time with her daughter Ariana and her family.