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
Laura Abadiano
Associate, Human Resources
Erica Adams
Managing Director, Strategic Relationships
Marie Appel
Manager, Analytics
Eric Ban
Managing Director, Dallas County Promise
Kendra Boyle
Director, Operations & Finance
Briana Carter
Associate, Finance
Betsy Cook
Deputy Director, Best in Class at Communities Foundation of Texas
Kathleen Deforest
Administrative Assistant
Roberto Delgado
Senior Associate, Analytics
Sagar Desai
Managing Director, Operations
Elizabeth Dodson
Director, Best in Class Coalition
Phillip Fabian
Manager, College Access & Success
Jonathan Feinstein
Senior Director, Community Engagement
Mark Flanagan
Senior Director, IT, Innovation, & Solutions, Dallas County Promise
Asenath (Azzy) Francis
Associate, Analytics
Karla Garcia
Associate, Dallas County Promise
Kate Greer
Manager, Advocacy
Ana Hernandez
Manager, Best in Class
Chantel Hobbs
Manager, Workforce Talent Activation, Dallas County Promise
Chris Hudgens
Director, Regional Analytics
Carla Israel
Project Manager, Dallas County Promise
Chelsea Jeffery
Manager, Early Matters Dallas
Sarah Jensen
Senior Director, College Access & Success
Ernestine Key
Associate, Best in Class at Communities Foundation of Texas
Ashwina Kirpalani
Managing Director, Analytics
Joshua Kumler
Associate, Communications
Ryanne Legrand
Manager, Strategic Philanthropy
Kimberly Manns
Managing Director, Early Matters Dallas
Abby Mayer
Director, Individual and Major Giving
Libby McCabe
Senior Policy Advisor to the CEO
Dominique McCain
Director, Early Matters Dallas
Brittany Meyer
Senior Administrative Assistant
Kathryn Mikeska
Manager, Communications
Skiler Miller
Associate, Dallas County Promise
Brenda Molina
Associate, Dallas County Promise
Erik Moss
Manager, Strategic Philanthropy
James Murphy
Manager, Data Reporting, Dallas County Promise
Stephanie Nixon
Senior Manager of Strategy & Operations, Dallas County Promise
Erica Ogboenyiya
Manager, Analytics
Jennifer Richardson
Senior Manager, Operations
Rob Shearer
Director, Communications
Dottie Smith
Treasure Washington
Senior Associate, Communications
Todd Williams
Chairman & CEO
Michael Wood
Associate, Advocacy

Fellows & Interns
Darci Lambeth
Intern, Philanthropy
Graduate: Southern Methodist University - Simmons School of Education, 2019
Undergrad: University of Oklahoma
Hometown: Shawnee, OK