Jennifer Biundo // Policy and Data 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 // Executive Director
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.
Elaine Cray // Project Manager
Elaine leads the Texas Youth-Friendly Initiative, a pilot project that helps health centers become more adolescent-centered in the delivery of patient care. She brings 4 years of clinic-based experience and knowledge of the unique challenges faced by Texas clinics in meeting the needs of adolescent patients. Prior to this role, Elaine established and managed the Patient Navigation Department at El Buen Samaritano. She has led various safety education and health service initiatives for immigrant and refugee communities in Central Texas. Elaine holds a Master of Translation and Intercultural Mediation from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Master of Public Health Education from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. Hobbies include: dancing, singing, traveling and spoiling her four-legged outlaw, Wyatt Earp. Email Elaine at Elaine@txcampaign.org.
Julia Kranzthor // Development Director
Julia enjoys connecting resources to get things done; this fresh approach to fundraising incorporates hard data with personal relationships. A self proclaimed nerd, Julia often seeks the technological solution and geeks out big time over databases and organizational metrics. Julia formerly worked for the Workers Defense Project, building power for working families across Texas. After graduating from San Diego State University, she received an MBA from St. Edward’s University. As a graduate of the TX AFL-CIO Ruth Ellinger School for Labor Leaders and a former board member of the Young Active Labor Leaders, Julia spends her free time organizing from within the labor movement to address the challenges that face young workers. Originally from the Bay Area in California, Julia is a huge sports fan and can be found watching the Sharks most nights during the hockey season. Email Julia at Julia@txcampaign.org.