Melanie Chasteen // Director of Community Engagement

Melanie has more than 20 years of experience in marketing communications and public relations including 12 within non-profit organizations. In her role as Director of Communications, she creates and executes the organization’s communication strategy, leads a broad range of public relations activities, oversees the annual statewide symposium 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 her dog Hank. Email Melanie at


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. Email Molly at


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