Our Steering Committee
High quality early learning for ALL children can change the economic trajectory of our region in ONE generation.
This is a critical time for Austin's business leaders to lend their experience, influence and voice to reinvent early childhood education in Austin. Early Matters Greater Austin can change the trajectory of early learning by:
Raise awareness about the importance of investing in high quality early learning today for a strong economy tomorrow
Influencing public policy at the local and state level, including advocacy visits with elected officials.
Championing family friendly workplace polices and practices.
Providing business, innovation, or issue-area expertise to organizations within the early childhood sector.
Recruiting members to join the cause through business and personal relationships.
Thanks to these outstanding leaders invested in defining the strategic focus of EMGA:
Steering Committee Chair
*Mark Williams - Trustee, ACC Board
Christina Ayer - Comptroller, Kerbey Lane Cafe
*Colette Pierce Burnette - President, Huston-Tillotson University
*John Cullen - Partner, Capstar Partners
*Libby Doggett - Community Adviser
Gay Gaddis - Founder and CEO, T3
*Jesús Garza - CEO, Seton Healthcare, retired
*Kate Garza - Ascension Seton
*Joene Grissom - Owner, Grissom & Associates
Kirby Hiscox - VP Corp. Development, TX Association of Business
*Lindsay Ketchum - VP, Elizabeth Christian PR
*Ali Khataw - President & CEO, Encotech Engineering Consultants
*Earl Maxwell - CEO, St. David's Foundation
Matt McDonnell - Founder, Notley Ventures
*Rosie Mendoza - CFO, Fiesta Tortillas
Ara Merjanian - Principle & CEO, AM Associates
Rudy Metayer - Member, Pflugerville City Council
*Catherine Morse - Partner, Enoch Kever
Reza Piri - CEO, Gennovacap
Malini Rajput - Market President, Capital One
*Kelan Robinson - Manager, Austin FC
Priscilla Sauceda - Chief People Officer, Sauceda Industries
Bill Stotesbery - CEO, KLRU-TV
*Jeff Thomas - Sr. V.P. and GM,
*Jeanette Ward - Chief Operating Officer, Texas Mutual
*Blanca Zamora-Garcia - Founder, Casa Blanca Realty
*EMGA Steering Committee Member
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Ready to Get Involved?
A Letter from Our Chair
Early Matters Greater Austin envisions a community where every child, beginning at birth, has the opportunity develop the social, emotional and intellectual skills needed to succeed in school and in life. Healthy beginnings and high-quality early learning for all children can change the economic trajectory of our region. We can build a better workforce for tomorrow while simultaneously supporting the workforce of today.
Early Matters Greater Austin thanks the business leaders who are the founding members of our Steering Committee and their commitment to help Austin businesses create family-friendly environments, supporting a dynamic workforce for today and tomorrow.