Vanessa Fuentes is the Senior Director of Grassroots Advocacy for the American Heart Association – SouthWest Affiliate. Vanessa is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and has lived in Austin for the past 10 years. She serves as Vice-Chair of Membership for the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas-Austin Chapter, and member of the Junior League of Austin.
Jessica Sager is a leadership and organization development consultant, and works on a variety of organizational capacity building projects. She has previously served as Vice President of Membership in YWA, and has been a member of the organization since 2012.
Mysha is thrilled to serve on YWA’s board as the President-Elect after having previously served as chair of the Austin Under 40 Awards Gala. As an attorney, Mysha’s legal practice focuses on complex litigation and appellate matters in both state and federal courts. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
As Manager of Development & Special Events for Ballet Austin, Lauren is responsible for corporate support and stewardship as well as event production for Fête, Ballet Austin’s fall fundraiser. Lauren joined the organization in 2012 and her leadership positions within the organization include, 2015-16 VP of Strategic Partnerships, 2014-2015 VP of Events, the 20th Anniversary Celebration Chair and AU40 Silent Auction Chair.
Felicia currently serves as Vice President of the Austin Under 40 Awards Gala. She also serves on the boards of YNPN Austin and the YWCA Greater Austin and was a participant in the 2013 class of Leadership Austin Emerge. Felicia graduated from the University of Texas at Austin receiving Bachelor degrees in Communication Studies and Sociology. Felicia is currently in her third year with the Central Texas Food Bank, serving as the Community Engagement Director.
Krystal Bordner is currently the event coordinator for the Austin Business Journal. She manages all of the marketing and social media associated with events as well as coordinates and executes about 30 events a year with attendance ranging from 20 to 700 people.
Virginia Rudnick joined YWA in March 2015. She served as the co-marketing chair for the Austin Under 40 Awards from 2015-2016 and loved bringing her digital marketing savvy to the role. She is excited to Co-lead the Communications team this year and help lead YWA to even bigger accomplishments.
Veronica Martinez serves as the Vice President of Community Service. She has spent the majority of her career working in non-profit settings serving youth. Veronica grew up in Buda, Texas, but considers herself a native Austinite. She is happiest when serving the community she loves, and is provisional member of the Junior League of Austin.
Emily Hudson is the VP of Events for the Young Women’s Alliance. She joined YWA in 2014 and previously served as the VP of Programs. She works on the institutional sales team at Dimensional Fund Advisors, an asset management firm. She earned her Political Science degree from Indiana University (go Hoosiers!) and her MBA from Boston University. Emily lives in Austin with her husband, Matt, and their spoiled pups, Vinny and Cohen.
Lisa Nagy currently serves as the VP of Finance for the Young Women’s Alliance. Before moving to Austin and joining the YWA in 2015, Lisa earned her MBA with a Finance Concentration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Currently, Lisa is the Financial Analyst for EOS of North America.
Dana Such is the Vice President of Development & Giving for the Young Women’s Alliance Foundation. She joined YWA in 2014 and has previously served as Social Media Co-Chair. Dana is the Product Marketing Director at Andrew Harper, a full-service, luxury travel company. She is a Leadership Austin alumna and currently also serves as Board Chair of Education First. Dana studied journalism and business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sara Jane is delighted to serve on YWA’s board as the VP of Membership, after working last year as the New Member Chair. Originally from Savannah, GA, Sara Jane has fallen in love with Austin’s friendly nature and hopes to give back to the community that has offered her so much. Sara Jane works creatively as a Project Manager for Daniller + Company, and enjoys yoga, reading, and being outdoors.
Sara Jane Fogarty
Clare Connally, Co-VP of Operations has been a member of YWA for 2 years. This is her second year in her board term and she previously served as Co-Chair of YWA Connect 2014-2015. Clare has been involved with Aspen Heights Awake for the past 5 years and now manages the program.
Grisell Garza proudly serves as the Co-Vice President of Operations. She joined YWA in the Fall of 2015 and served as the Chair of Communications for the 2015-2016 term. Grisell received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in International Business from St. Edward’s University in Austin. Currently she is a Sales Administrator at HomeAway.
Rachel Brownlow Lund is the VP of Programs for the Young Women’s Alliance and has previously chaired on the Events Committee. Additionally, she volunteers with Seedling Foundation and is a member of Toastmasters. She graduated from the University of Texas and has since gone through Leadership Austin, CityWorks Academy and Citizen Police Academy. Rachel lives in Austin, Texas with her amazing husband and adorably mischievous dog, Hans.
Rachel Brownlow Lund
Sarah Williamson is serving as the VP of Strategic Partnerships this year. She has been an active member of YWA for six years, serving in chair positions for multiple committees and was recognized as Member of the Month in January 2014. Sarah earned her degree from Texas A&M University and works as a Project Manager for Insight.