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Executive Director & Board of DirectorsBob founded the SWAN Impact Network in late 2015, and leads the organization. Bob has a passion for making the world a better place by encouraging the application of human and financial capital to address significant societal and environmental challenges. He has extensive experience in founding and taking early-stage technology start-up companies to successful exits, […]
Executive Director, North Texas & Board of DirectorsHeather Gilker is the founder and principal of Tokalon Advisors LLC. She is also the Executive Director of the North Texas Chapter of the SWAN Impact Network, an angel network focused solely on making early-stage impact investments. She brings over 25 years of experience in investing, community involvement, and strategy with a focus on sustainability. She […]
Director, Strategic Initiatives & Board of DirectorsIn addition to his work with the angel network, Juan is a mentor, startup investor, and sales consultant, focused on working with early-stage companies get to the next level.
Director, Impact ReportingMegan is motivated to find novel solutions to critical conservation & sustainability issues. Her aim is to get cutting edge research into the marketplace quickly to start solving our global climate and biodiversity problems today. She is currently a Partner and serves as the Partnerships Director at GAV Conservation Management. GAV is a group of […]
Administrative DirectorJenny Garcia is the founder of JDGarcia & Associates, LLC, an association management company based in Austin, Texas. Since 2013, Jenny has brought a passion for organization and detail to various administrative and planning roles for professional business organizations in Texas and Southern California, including Financial Executives International Austin, Turnaround Management Association Central Texas and […]
Board of DirectorsChristina Canales Gorczynski is the Executive Director of Impact Austin, a dynamic women’s collective giving organization that cultivates collective wisdom and strength to transform ourselves and our communities. Christina is also a licensed attorney and certified mediator with the State Bar of Texas. Previously, Christina served as a Program Officer at the Simmons Foundation, specializing […]
Board of DirectorsMy passions are angel investing, career coaching, golf, and travel. I live in Austin most of the year, and during the hot summer months I retreat to the suburbs of New York City for golf and urban activities in more reasonable temperatures. In my career coaching practice, I continue to work with returning clients, including […]
Board of DirectorsElizabeth Jennings helps new products (and their instigators) survive their first five years.
Board of DirectorsSteve is an acknowledged expert in sales, global partner development, strategic planning, and marketing.
Board of DirectorsJohn Soyring provided global business leadership for the industry solutions & industry products portion of IBM’s global software business. This role included functional leadership for strategy, research & development, marketing & sales, business development, product support, and services related to the IBM offerings for all industries. He was also the co-leader of the Alliance of […]
Board of DirectorsJeff is a registered patent attorney with over twenty years of experience in technology and related intellectual property matters.
Admin InternAnthony is a student at California State University San Bernardino and is the first in his family to go to college. He is majoring in in Criminal Justice. He is a hard worker, and while a student has been employed by UPS as a Hazardous Material Auditor. Anthony will be supporting Bob’s work in Austin
Admin InternAustin is a student at Trinity University, and has a passion for environmental education. She has lead research projects in Trinity University’s Psych Department, and has been selected as the winner of a research award (one granted each year) to study implicit bias and microaggressions. She has also organized a group of fellow students to […]
Associates are industry experts who support the network by helping in evaluating company applicants and performing company due diligence.
Business DevelopmentEloisa Acha is a senior executive with 20 years of experience in marketing and sales, business development and strategic partnerships in the high-tech industry. She has a demonstrated ability to successfully set up and scale new teams and programs to drive sales and marketing results. Proven ability to design and implement plans to drive new […]
Business StrategyWade Allen is the CEO of Cendea, and is a results-oriented, start-up, turn-around and high-growth executive with 25 years of experience of starting and driving companies to success.
Business ManagementSuzanne spent 5 years at the 3M Company, where she led a $150 million product portfolio as a Global Product Marketer, and served as a Strategy and Corporate Development Manager for the Health Care Business Group, contributing to both the acquisition of Acelity (largest in 3M history) and the divestiture of the Drug Delivery division. […]
HealthcareShanup Dalal is an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Hospitalist in Dallas, Texas. He has strong interests in technological innovations that will help communities that do not have access to the same resources as those in wealthier areas.
Clean TechMy professional and volunteering experiences have led me to care deeply about climate change and its impacts on the global population. I am a technology consultant with a secret clearance and 3 years of experience supporting federal clients including the Navy Resilient Energy Programs Office, Food & Drug Administration, and Defense Health Agency.
Business StrategyDarcy is an accomplished GM of technology-centric enterprises, with experience in starting up, scaling up, and turning around organizations. Her specialty is linking business strategy to execution: market analysis, identification of underserved customer needs, market segmentation and targeting, investment scenario planning, and operational planning. Her passion is helping to resolve our global challenges through science […]
Financial AnalysisLindsay is an Independent Personal Trainer, Small Business Manager, and Track Coach residing in the Dallas area. Lindsay graduated from Rice University with her MBA in 2018 and has experience in general small business financial management. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and values helping people achieve their fitness goals, as well as […]
HealthcareDon Fowler is a CEO and Executive leader in the healthcare sector, recognized for his ability to lead companies both nationally and internationally through market growth and downturns, maintaining and gaining market share.
Corporate StrategyJim is extensively networked and an impactful deal maker. Enthusiastic, empathic and creative advisor.
Technology CommercializationChris has over 20 years of experience in commercializing technology and his industry experience spans executive sales, business development, product strategy, product marketing, and product management.
ITSean is versatile Georgia Tech engineer with a history of turning ideas into successful projects and finished products. Over 11 years of problem solving in technical customer-facing roles; proven ability to lead in an international setting; a history of results with both internal services delivery resources and partners; and hands-on, detail-oriented roles in ISO 9000 […]
Customer AcquisitionRachelle Jacques currently is a Small & Medium Business Account Manager at Facebook. Rachelle has a degree from Princeton that focused on Race and Public Policy in the African American Studies Department. She is originally from Stamford, Connecticut and the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She is very interested in how the construction of race through […]
Product TechnologyJennifer is a Product Technology strategist located in Dallas. Creating a space for Product Owners and Innovators to connect and thrive in the market to exceed their sales goals. Helping clients create assets within their business outside of their actual products. Through much success with working with many consumer brands, Jennifer expanded her product development […]
FinanceBlake Jones is an Associate at Blue Sage Capital, an Austin, Texas-based private equity firm specializing in growth, recapitalization and buyout financings of companies operating in the lower middle-market. Blue Sage favors opportunities to partner with founders and management teams as the first round of institutional capital. Previously, Blake served as a Leveraged Finance Analyst […]
HealthcareDr. Sam Kessel graduated with the dual degrees of Doctor of Medicine and an MBA from the University of Virginia. He is highly interested in healthcare start-ups. Sam has performed due diligence on biotechnology, healthcare services and medical device startups for both the Charlottesville Angel Network and the CAV Angels, the University of Virginia alumni […]
Social Impact MetricsBrianna (she/her) is an experienced analyst committed to “the power of business to drive positive social and environmental change”. Her primary expertise is with impact measurement and management and she specializes in “helping social enterprises measure, manage, and communicate their impact”. She has worked as an Impact and Learning Manager for the Small Enterprise Assistance […]
Strategic ManagementDr. David Macauley is the founder and principal of Wendworks, a management-strategy firm.
Supply Chain ConsultingRitesh is a Consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s Supply Chain practice.
Business DevelopmentMaria Muskus is a business developer in Austin, Texas with international experience in Columbia.
HealthcareHello, my name is Vatsal Patel, and I am a 3rd year pediatric resident. I have worked on multiple MedTech projects and served as a business consultant for medical device companies during my medical school and residency. While treating patients is at the core of what I do, I have always been interested in improving […]
Business and Policy AnalyticsAfif Rahman is the Chief Operating Officer of NuWatt Energy, a leading solar energy and innovation company.
Strategy & TeamPatricia brings to the table a unique balance of analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving and creative skills along with the characteristics and conviction necessary for building alignment across leadership teams and stakeholder groups to deliver results.
Financial AnalysisVineet is a FinTech engineer working at BlackRock. He has over a decade of professional experience in investing and financial technology and is an expert at evaluating private lending for various industries and markets. Vineet graduated from Penn State University and now resides in El Paso, Texas. To share a story of social impact, Vineet […]
Technology & AlliancesDiane Stapley is currently the Director of Customer Success and Technical Architecture at AMD.
Teams and RecruitingUrie Suhr loves solving hiring puzzles and bridging the gap by finding unique talent for various technical roles. Data Science, Machine Learning & NLP, Big Data Engineering & Infrastructure along with Tech Ops is my core focus. She enjoys working on any challenging role that comes my way. She loves to learn something she doesn’t […]
Education, BootstrappingMatt is an Entrepreneur, EdTech Advocate and Bootstrap Evangelist. Co-founder of AcademicWorks, which enables colleges, universities, and foundations to efficiently manage their scholarship processes while engaging and recognizing donors. AcademicWorks has been recognized as one of Austin Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies, one of Fortune’s Best Places to Work for Women, Fortune’s Best Small Tech […]
Product StrategyRaven is a Strategic Design Lead at Citi Ventures Studio, supporting the development of inclusive product and service experiences as a key part of Citi’s Action for Racial Equity initiative. Prior to joining Citi, Raven was a Design Researcher at IBM, where she led and conducted research to produce evidence-based design insights for clinical development […]
Financial Services, Healthcare, and RetailN.R. Vijay has been advising organizations for 18+ years on how to leverage technology to strengthen their core capabilities across value streams and automate/outsource non-core capabilities. Helping organizations gain operational efficiencies by aligning people, technology & processes with strategy. He has an M.B.A in Finance from NYU Stern School of Business and an undergrad degree […]
HealthcareHelen Xun is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Integrated Resident at BIDMC/Harvard Medical School. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with the Johns Hopkins Young Investigator award. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Gonzaga University, where she was the class president, and graduated with Alpha Sigma Nu. Her research focuses […]
Interns are MBA or graduate students who care about social impact and who help with company business analysis and other network activities.