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 Melanie@txcampaign.org.
Molly Clayton // Chief Advancement Officer
Molly Clayton is responsible for creating and managing a sustainable development strategy for the Texas Campaign. 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 afterschool 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 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.
Lorraine Garcia // Development and Events Manager
Lorraine Garcia is from Pampa, a small town in the Texas Panhandle. After interning for the City of San Antonio, she found her passion for activism and empowering minority voices. She received her BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was deeply involved in various clubs and organizations. Upon graduation in 2014, she moved back to Texas to gain some hands-on experience in community work, serving Latinx communities. After organizing in South Dallas, she moved to Austin where she gained first-hand experience at the Texas Capitol. An avid supporter of women’s rights, Lorraine then served as the Development Coordinator at Annie’s List before joining the team at the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Email Lorraine at Lorraine@txcampaign.org.
Hoda Sana // Director of Linkage to Care
Hoda oversees the Texas Campaign’s Youth Friendly Initiative, working to increase the number of youth accessing high-quality comprehensive healthcare across Texas. She received her PhD in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland where she was awarded the Chae Award for most distinguished research on social and health disparities in underserved communities. Dr. Sana also holds a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University where she conducted research in rural villages in Afghanistan and Pakistan focusing on high risk patient outcomes in mobile clinics. Her novel research has led to large scale programmatic changes both internationally and domestically. A self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur, she is a true foodie. When she isn’t exploring the latest food trends, she enjoys flying kites, reading comic books, and was a former college athlete at Creighton University. She led her rugby team to many victories and played as an alternate for the City of Omaha’s women’s rugby team. Email Hoda at Hoda@txcampaign.org.