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Board Representation

DDCE staff serve on the following boards and commissions. By serving as advisors at the local, state, and national levels, staff are able to forge broad collaborations, to track current trends and priorities in higher education, and to strive to create greater and more impactful models.

Local Board Representation

Austin Economic Development Corporation

The Austin Economic Development Corporation stewards public and private real estate assets to create inclusive community benefits and equitable economic outcomes for Austin.
Contact Suchitra Gururaj, Ph.D., suchi.gururaj@austin.utexas.edu

Community Advancement Network

Community Advancement Network is a partnership of government, non-profit, private and faith-based organizations who work together to enhance the social, health, educational and economic well-being of Central Texas. CAN provides a unique, collaborative forum to enhance awareness of issues, strengthen partnerships, connect efforts across issue areas, and facilitate development of collaborative strategies.
Contact Suchitra Gururaj, Ph.D., suchi.gururaj@austin.utexas.edu

Mission Capital Membership Advisory Committee

Mission Capital is reviewing and revamping their membership structure and the advisory committee is a 2 year commitment to review information and give advice on their new model.
Contact Amy Loar, amy.loar@austin.utexas.edu

Travis County African American Heritage Council

The council identifies, documents and preserves African American history and culture in Travis County, Texas.
Contact Stephanie Lang, stephanie.lang@austin.utexas.edu

Travis County Historical Commission

The commission works as a body to identify, research and recognize historic sites and buildings.
Contact Stephanie Lang, stephanie.lang@austin.utexas.edu

State Board Representation

Aya Symposium Planning Committee

Plan annual symposiums held at community centers or universities, focused on enhancing the average community member’s understanding of tools available to them as they preserve, document, and promote Texas freedom communities.
Contact Stephanie Lang, stephanie.lang@austin.utexas.edu

Interagency Coordinating Group

The interagency coordinating group for faith- and community-based initiatives is composed of each faith- and community-based liaison designated under Section 535.051 (Designation of Faith- and Community-based Liaisons) and a liaison from the State Commission on National and Community Service. The ICG works across state agencies and with the State Commission on National and Community Service to facilitate the removal of unnecessary interagency barriers to partnerships between state agencies and faith- and community-based organizations.
Contact Suchitra Gururaj, Ph.D., suchi.gururaj@austin.utexas.edu

Nonprofit Management Alliance of Texas

An initiative of the OneStar Foundation, NMAT increases coordination and communication across the nonprofit sector to strengthen the management and governance infrastructure of nonprofits in Texas.
Contact Amy Loar, amy.loar@austin.utexas.edu

OneStar Nonprofit Strong Conference Advisory Committee

Advisory committee to help shape the annual conference for OneStar’s Nonprofit Strong programs.
Contact Amy Loar, amy.loar@austin.utexas.edu

National Board Representation

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

APLU is a membership organization that fosters a community of university leaders collectively working to advance the mission of public research universities. The association’s membership consists of more than 250 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations spanning across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, four U.S. territories, Canada, and Mexico. DDCE staff represent as leadership on the Commission for Economic and Community Engagement.
Contact Suchitra Gururaj, Ph.D., suchi.gururaj@austin.utexas.edu

The Research University Civic Engagement Network

Functioning in a collegial spirit, The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) provides members with opportunities to share knowledge and strategies related to how their institutions are promoting engagement on their campuses and in their communities.
Contact Suchitra Gururaj, Ph.D., suchi.gururaj@austin.utexas.edu