Staff 

Jennifer Biundo // Director of Policy and Data

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.

 

Alex Borden // Communications and Collaboration Manager

Alex works to provide support to all areas of The Texas Campaign. She has more than five years of experience working at various nonprofit organizations working in events, operations, compliance, and administration. Alex is a former AmeriCorps member and still has a deep passion for service, specifically organizations that seek to empower underserved youth and women. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Creative Writing from The George Washington University in Washington DC. When she’s not at work, Alex enjoys cooking, watching bad reality TV, reading, exploring new cities, and taking photos of her pup, Bubba. Email Alex at Alex@txcampaign.org.

 

Casey Brzozowski // Finance and Operations Manager

Casey backs the Texas Campaign’s mission by providing the daily management of the organization’s operations and finance functions.  Additionally, she provides staff support for the Board Development & Governance Committee. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Technology and will complete her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Southern New Hampshire University in March of 2021. Her professional background includes accounting, finance, operations, and marketing roles in both the business and nonprofit sectors. Casey became a mother at the age of 18 allowing her to experience the challenges and opportunities met by teen parents in the state of Texas. Her experience has incited a passion to improve her community through the nonprofit industry and volunteer work.  Outside of work and school, Casey loves spending time with her family both human and fur. In her alone time, she enjoys podcasts, music, comedy in all forms, and a good book. Email Casey at casey@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 her husband and two sons. 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 roller derby 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 two young boys, who are just as fast and almost as reckless! Email Molly at Molly@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.

 

Carolina Salmeron // Project Director

Carolina is a fierce reproductive health advocate with a strong interest in health care access for vulnerable populations, particularly youth. She has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins where she specialized in health in crisis and global health. In her most recent role as a Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins, she directed multiple projects and initiatives including a global youth family planning champions project and co-chaired the Youth Subcommittee of the largest scientific family planning conference in the world. She brings extensive research, leadership and strategy development experience, as well as extensive experience working with youth, immigrant populations and community partners. Carolina leads both of the Texas Campaign’s projects targeting youth in-care, the Houston-based Collaborative for Youth in Care ( CLYC) and the statewide Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative (TFYHI). When Carolina isn’t leading projects and checking off things on her to-do list, she enjoys adventure filled traveling, testing new recipes, critiquing her husband’s new guitar designs, spending time with family across both borders of the US, cuddling with her dogs and splashing paint on a canvas. Email Carolina at carolina@txcampaign.org.

 

Mayra Yundt-Pacheco // Policy and Data Intern

Mayra works to support the mission of The Texas Campaign through research, data science and soaking up information like a sponge to better educate herself. A fast-talking data enthusiast with a passion for evidence-based policy, Mayra is pursuing a dual degree Master’s in Global Policy and Public Health at the University of Texas at Austin. She recently worked at the IC2 Institute studying human trafficking and digitally modeling the interactions of day laborers and their exploitive employers. She is married to her best friend, a fifth-year UT architecture student, together they parent their increasingly curious young daughter. Mayra enjoys a good conversation, spending time with her family, reading and exploring new places, preferably via scuba diving. There are three continents she has yet to venture to. Email Mayra at mayra@txcampaign.org.

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