Jennifer Biundo // Policy and Research Analyst
A statistics wonk who loves few things more than a good data visualization, Jen works to develop evidence-based public policy priorities and foster collaboration with stakeholders and partners throughout the state. Jen started her career as a small town newspaper reporter and managing editor. After clocking thousands of hours covering city council and school board meetings, she decided to shift from an observer to a shaper of public policy and earned a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She served for five years as a data and budget analyst for the Legislative Budget Board, focusing on health and human services and public education. Jen spent two years living abroad in Australia and New Zealand, and still loves to travel with her husband and two sweet sons. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, throwing over-the-top dinner parties, and analyzing ballot returns by precinct. When exploring a new city or country, she somehow always seems to wind up under a capitol dome. Email Jen at Jen@txcampaign.org.
Melanie Chasteen // Director of Community Engagement
Melanie has more than 20 years of experience in marketing communications and public relations including 14 within non-profit organizations. In her role as Director of Community Engagement, Melanie identifies, grows, and strengthens relationships in order to raise awareness about the Texas Campaign’s work throughout the state. She also helps execute the organization’s communication strategy, leads a broad range of public relations activities, oversees the annual statewide symposium and fundraising luncheon and serves as a key ambassador for the organization. Before joining the Texas Campaign in November 2014, she served as the VP of Marketing and Communications for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and as Director of Communications for the Center for Child Protection. Melanie earned her Bachelor of Journalism Degree with a focus on Public Relations from The University of Texas at Austin. Born and raised in Blue Bell country – aka Brenham, Texas – Melanie enjoys spending time with the four males in her life… her husband, two sons, and dog Hank 2.0. Email Melanie at Melanie@txcampaign.org.
Molly Clayton // Chief of Staff
Molly Clayton is responsible for advancing the mission of the Texas Campaign through leadership of strategic initiatives and efficient management of human and financial resources. Prior to this role, she served as the first Executive Director of the Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (TXPOST), a nonprofit statewide network dedicated to increasing the quality and availability of after school and summer learning opportunities for Texas youth. Molly has also served as the Vice President of Statewide Initiatives for United Ways of Texas, managing efforts to address education, family financial stability, and disaster recovery issues. Her background includes 12 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, consulting, and business administration. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Manchester in the UK and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. Molly played a couple of seasons of banked-track rollerderby with the TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls before retiring from the sport to go to grad school. She gets most of her exercise these days chasing her toddler son, who is just as fast and almost as reckless! Email Molly at Molly@txcampaign.org.
Gwen Daverth, PHD // President/CEO
Gwen is a recognized leader in action- based research on issues of equality, social policy and public health, having authored and co-authored journal articles, book chapters and publications on these topics. Before joining the Texas Campaign, she dedicated more than 17 years to the advancement of non-profits and served in a variety of general management and leadership roles. She holds a joint Ph.D. in Statistics and Gender Studies from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland where she was also awarded two Masters and a certification from the Irish Enterprise Board for her work in Entrepreneurial Development. Her Bachelor of Arts degree, awarded with honors, is from the University of Texas at Austin. A mother of three and an avid traveler, Gwen has lived in 6 countries and visited more than she can count – typically with a baby strapped to her back. Her families bucket list of travel destinations includes Peru, Japan, and India. Email Gwen at Gwen@txcampaign.org.
James Grandberry // Communications and Media Fellow
James is the town crier for the Campaign, assisting with all forms of contact with the public and making sure the mission moves forward smoothly. A San Antonio native, James has spent the last four years in Texas’ Capitol city, graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s in Journalism. That coursework placed in him an awareness of social issues and a desire to use his talent to help. He makes sure to stay in touch with his youthful side – James is also an After-school Crew Leader for Side By Side Kids, another Austin-based nonprofit. When he’s not at work, you can find him playing basketball, catching up with undergrads on the UT campus, or cheering on the Spurs from behind a plate of wings. Email James at James@txcampaign.org.