The Commit Partnership is supported by a dedicated backbone staff of over 50 professionals, each a strong believer in the need to lift all voices within our community to reach our goals.

We believe that talent is distributed equally but opportunity is not, and our team is dedicated to ending that inequity by supporting each of our over 200 partners to collectively create significant economic mobility for every student in North Texas through equitable access to a quality education.

More than 40% of our team are former teachers, campus principals, school district and higher education leaders. We also include professionals with strong backgrounds in analytics, communications and advocacy. Each is hired one by one, seeking alignment with our core values and commitment to the transformational power of education.

Commit Backbone Staff

Maria Argueta

Associate, Texas College Bridge

Devron Armstrong

Manager, Early Matters Dallas

Gennie Mae Balanon

Associate, Analytics & Insights

Leah Ballard

Director, Analytics & Insights

Ashley Barco

Manager, Finance

Kristin Boyle

Associate, Operations

Allison Braley

Associate, Early Matters Dallas

Briana Carter

Director, Finance

Nicole Cavazos

Consultant, Analytics & Insights

Timi Creekmore

Director, Texas College Bridge

Paige Darstein

EC-12 Impact Associate

Gene Davis

Communications Director, Strategic Relationships

Kristen Davis

Manager, Analytics

Lilac Ding

Associate, Postsecondary Education Policy

London Durham

Continuous Improvement Manager, Dallas County Promise

Phillip Fabian

Senior Director, College Readiness & Success

Rose Finley

Associate, College Readiness & Success

Sheena Fite

HR Generalist

Cesar Flores

Associate, Analytics & Insights

Karla Garcia

Manager, Dallas County Promise

Cristie Glazner

Associate, College Readiness & Success

Dariela Gonzalez

Associate, Dallas County Promise

Kate Greer

Managing Director, Policy & State Coalition

Ben Higgins

Manager, Analytics & Insights

Travis Hill

Director, Dallas County Promise

Kate Hoffman

Manager, Policy & State Coalition

Katrina James

Managing Director, Dallas County Promise

Chelsea Jeffery

Chief Regional Officer, EC–12

Sarah Jensen

Senior Consultant On College, Career & Military Readiness

Skiler Jones

Associate, College Readiness & Success

Courtney Kersey

Associate, Analytics & Insights

Kelle Kieschnick

Director, Postsecondary Policy

Joshua Kumler

Manager, Communications

Turner LaBrie

Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Karla Lainez

Associate, Cross Coalition

Ryanne Legrand

Director, Philanthropic Investment Team

Abby Mayer

Managing Director, Philanthropic Investment Team

Libby McCabe

Senior Policy Advisor to the CEO

Joseph Mohr

Associate, Analytics & Insights

Yadira Munoz

Associate, Dallas County Promise

Sofia Muñoz

Associate, Analytics & Insights

Kris Oliver

Chief Operating Officer

Whit Payne

Associate, Strategic Initiatives

Nicole Peña

Manager, Operations

Klarisa Perry

Executive Assistant, Operations

Ana Ramirez

Associate, College Readiness & Success

David Rardon

Director, Analytics & Insights

Jacqueline Romero

Manager, Analytics & Insights

Donisha Santiago-Anderson

Director, Human Resources

Amber Shields

Managing Director, Early Matters Dallas

Mark Sieckman

Manager, Philanthropic Investment Team

Miguel Solis

Chief of Staff

Jeannie Stone


Chris Walters

Director, Strategic Initiatives

Dash Weerasinghe

Managing Director, Analytics & Insights

Todd Williams

Chairman & CEO

Nicole Wilson

Manager, Philanthropic Investment Team

Bridget Worley

Chief State Impact Officer

Fellows & Interns