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.
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.
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.
Tara Sims has over twenty-five years in the Information Technology industry with a range of experiences from application and software development, architecture, strategy, service delivery, technical management and global executive ownership of cloud engineering, innovation and DevOps teams. She has degrees in Computer Science and Chemistry with extensive IBM leadership training during her career. Tara has a passion for technology with several patents to her name and sponsoring diversity in the industry focused on engaging women and people with autism in advancing technology. She is executive sponsor within IBM for diversity network groups for women and neurodiverse communities. To have more impact in driving equality in Austin, she joined the board of the YWCA. She has been a speaker and panelist at many technology and women advocacy conferences and events. With a holistic life view, her two most important endeavors with her IBMer spouse are her children, Colton (16) and Cate (14).
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.
Kimberly Strenk is a Major Grants Officer for Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a national non-profit organization dedicated to elevating the lives of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). She enjoyed an over 20-year career as a public relations executive for companies such as Williams Sonoma and Nordstrom. She was also the founder and principal at two start-up PR and marketing agencies. She holds a bachelor's degree in Literature from University of Washington, Seattle. A former West Coast native, she enjoys the Austin music and food scene along with her husband and three teen daughters. In her free time Kimberly is a runner, hiker and avid consumer of content exploring a diverse range of topics and genres.