Hattie Hill (Left), Karen Hughes White (Middle), Carrie Freeman Parsons (Right). Photo by Kim Leeson.

Texas Women’s Foundation has announced nonprofit executive Karen Hughes White as the organization’s new CEO and President.

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“After an extensive search, Texas Women’s Foundation is excited to appoint Karen CEO,” said Carrie Freeman Parsons, TXWF board chair. “As we approach our 40th anniversary, she is the perfect combination of a strategic thinker, business-minded leader and team builder necessary to carry out our strategies and programs to move the needle on women’s equity in Texas. She is dedicated to lifting the voices of women and has a track record of working well with staff, boards, volunteers and donors.”

White graduated from the University of Georgia, and has built a career spanning nonprofits across the country. She began as the marketing director for Komen’s Race for the Cure, an event that raises money for breast cancer research. Later, she served as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“With support from donors and partners, Texas Women’s Foundation has made tremendous progress in its first 40 years, driving nearly $80 million in impact for Texas women and girls,” White says. “I’m honored to work alongside the organization’s dedicated volunteers and staff to build on that progress as we work to address the unprecedented challenges women face in our state. By focusing on advocacy, research and grant-making, we will create an equitable society in which Texas women and girls can fully participate.”

White begins her position on April 29 and will give short remarks at Texas Women’s Foundation’s Leadership Forum & Awards Celebration event taking place at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Tickets and sponsorships are still available here.