Sarah Williamson is the 2017-2018 YWA/F President. She has been an active member of YWA for seven years, serving in chair positions for multiple committees and as Vice President of Operations (2014-2016) and Strategic Partnerships (2016-2017). Sarah earned her degree from Texas A&M University and works as a Senior Project Manager for Insight.
Vanessa Fuentes, Sr. Dir. at the American Heart Association, SouthWest Affiliate, oversees & implements grassroots initiatives and engagement activities for over 42,000 volunteer advocates in six states. Vanessa is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is an active member of the community, serving on the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors and as state representative on behalf of the Austin Chapter on Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas state board.
Frances Leigh Jordan will serve as President from 2018-2019. Frances works as the Community Outreach Manager at Rifeline, a a public involvement and community relations firm in Austin, serving organizations that rely on public support to achieve their goals. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science at Tuskegee University in 2008 and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky in 2011.
Rachel Brownlow Lund is the Senior Vice President of YWA/YWAF. She has volunteered with the Seedling Foundation for 5+ years and is a proud member of Impact Austin. Founder of Millennial leadership development company, Me2Lead, Rachel teaches ambitious Millennials how to leverage mentorships, sponsors, peer-to-peer accountability partnerships and masterminds to radically up-level their personal and professional lives.
Bre A.M. Brown serves as the VP of the Austin Under 40 Awards gala. She received her Bachelors from the University of Texas’s School of Architecture and currently works as a Commercial Real Estate Tenant Rep Broker at JLL. Bre also serves on the board of Blue Lapis Light, mentors with the Seedling Foundation, volunteers with the Breast Cancer Resource Center, and mentors with the Girl’s Empowerment Network.
Liz Rubio is honored to serve as the 2017-18 Co-Vice President of Communications for the Young Women’s Alliance (YWA). She joined YWA in June 2016 and served as an active member of both the Strategic Partnerships and Events committees. Liz earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. In addiition to YWA, Liz is an active member of the Texas Exes Austin Chapter alumni organization.
Jenna Lockhart is the 2017-2018 Co-VP of Communications for YWA, and had previously served on Events committee. Originally from Houston, Jenna graduated from Elon University in NC with a BS in Biology. After working in Boston post-grad, she returned to her Texas roots and joined The University of Texas at Austin as their Healthcare & Medical Product Manager.
Veronica Martinez is the Vice President of Community Service. She is active in the community through the Junior League of Austin and Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is also a graduate of the 2016 Leadership Austin Emerge Program. Veronica is the Director of Development for Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, and CEO/Founder of Pawty Breaks, a local dog walking and pet sitting company.
Taylor Calvin is the 2017-2018 Vice President of Development. She has been a member of YWA for 2 years and has previously served as Recruitment Chair for the Membership Committee. Taylor graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a Bachelors in Government. Taylor currently works for a governmental affairs consulting firm and serves on the Board of the Ballet Austin Guild.
Hadley Hempel serves as VP of Finance for YWA/YWAF. Hadley received her B.A. from the University of Southern California and has been active in the local chapter of the USC Alumni Association, including serving for two years as president of the Austin alumni chapter. She is also a member of the Junior League of Austin (JLA) and has served on the JLA board and in several other leadership roles. Hadley is a Senior Social Media Strategist at IBM.
Erin Wendt is the VP of Events for The Young Women’s Alliance. She previously served on the Membership and Events committees. Originally from Houston, Erin has developed a deep pride for Austin’s community. Outside of Erin’s Legal Operations role at Flex, she is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Travis, County.
Rebecca Hickey serves as the 2017-2018 Vice President of Giving. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She joined YWA in March 2016, a year after moving to Austin, and served as the Young Leader’s Scholarship Chair and Foundation Fundraising Chair. Rebecca currently works in Learning & Development and enjoys running, eating, and exploring Austin.
Jaclyn Silva is the 2017-2018 Vice President of Membership for YWA. Originally from Reno, Nevada, Jaclyn graduated from the University of Nevada Reno and moved to Austin in 2014. She currently works as a Protective Services Specialist for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and is pursuing her Masters in Social Work at Texas State University.
Grisell Garza is on her second term 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 Intl. Business from St. Edward’s University in Austin. Currently, she is a Business Analyst at HomeAway and is pursuing her MBA at St. Edward’s University.
Nicki Affonso-McMorrow is proud to serve as the Co-Vice President of Operations. Nicki received her Bachelors of Business Administration with concentrations in Supply Chain and MIS from Gonzaga University, and currently works as a Supply Chain Advisor at Dell. She recently completed a 6-month assignment in Malaysia and Singapore as part of Dell’s Supply Chain Development Program.
Hope Osborn is the 2017-2018 VP of Programs. A graduate of the University of Texas with degrees in Government and Middle Eastern Studies, Hope has always been passionate about politics. She currently serves as the Legislative Director for State Representative Morgan Meyer. She joined YWA in 2015, previously serving as Chairs for the Community Service and Strategic Partnerships Committees, and also participates in GirlForward as a mentor.
Lindsey Wrinkle is the 2017-2018 VP of Strategic Partnerships for YWA/F. She has been a member of YWA for 3 years, serving most recently as the 2016-2017 YWA Connect Chair. As the child of a basketball coach, Lindsey spent much of her life moving across the state of Texas every 5 years looking for the state championship team, allowing her to experience the beauty of almost every major Texas landscape. After graduating with her MBA from Texas Tech University, Lindsey settled down to grow roots in the Austin area. Lindsey is actively involved as the Membership & Recruitment Chair of the Susan G. Komen Jr. Executive Board and works for 3 local Austin area hospitals as the Contract Manager and Co-Ethics and Compliance Officer.