Assistant Director of Nonprofit Relations
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As Assistant Director of Nonprofit Relations, Blaire is the direct contact for all of our nonprofit Partners. She guarantees that each nonprofit is able to maximize their benefits of Partnership with I Live Here, I Give Here. Blaire actively works through our Community Needs Spotlight Calendar to relay to the public the challenges and needs of each nonprofit.
Previously to her role with I Live Here, I Give Here, Blaire served as a Fundraising Department Assistant at Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation. In college, Blaire interned with Elizabeth Christian Public Relations and then served as a post-graduate fellow for H+K Strategies global public relations firm.
Blaire is native to Austin. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Saint Edward’s University and served as the public relations chair for the Public Relations Student Society of America for two years. In her free moments, Blaire won’t say no to a good live show at some of her favorite music venues around town and frequently indulges in a delicious tex-mex meal. She practices yoga at Wanderlust Live in the Warehouse District, and is an active member of I Live Here, I Give Here’s program, Austin Involved.
You can e-mail Blaire at Blaire@ILiveHereIGiveHere.Org. top
Director of Community Engagement
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As Director of Community Engagement at I Live Here, I Give Here, Celeste Flores is responsible for Austin Involved, where we are connecting young professionals to meaningful philanthropic opportunities. She also works to engage future philanthropists with mentors through our programs, Give Back Jack and See Jane Give. And with a committee, Celeste plans the annual I Live Here, I Give Here Big Give! event.
Before joining the I Live Here, I Give Here team, Celeste did regional grantmaking for Foundation for the Carolinas, a 12-county community foundation based in Charlotte. She has also previously held development positions at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, Texas Children’s Hospital and United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast.
Celeste recently moved from Charlotte, NC where she served on the board of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Leaders Under 40 Inaugural class and the Junior League. She has a passion for the performing arts and creating exposure to the arts for children and underserved communities. She grew up in San Antonio, but spent a number of years living in Houston and Charlottesville, VA. She now calls Austin home and enjoys discovering her new city with husband, Ray.
You can e-mail Celeste at Celeste@ILiveHereIGiveHere.Org. top
Infrastructure & Operations Manager
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As Infrastructure & Operations Manager, Emily is the go-to person for daily operations at I Live Here, I Give Here. She ensures that the team has the appropriate internal operational support and structure to deliver excellent work product while facilitating the social media efforts of the organization through the I Live Here, I Give Here website.
Previously, Emily served as a Senior Policy Analyst with a Texas State Senator, thriving on her passion to help Texans through public policy. Prior to her Texas migration in 2008, Emily was raised in Andover, Massachusetts and called Montreal, Canada her home for over seven years, where she worked as a Project Manager for an international law research center. Emily chose Austin to be her home because of the warm people - and weather! She is passionate about making the world a better place, volunteering with several Austin nonprofits, as well as the UNITAR Afghanistan Fellowship Program. Emily has her Master in Business Administration in nonprofit management and social policy from Brandeis University. In her spare time, she is an avid yoga enthusiast and enjoys learning languages; Emily is currently studying Hindi.
You can e-mail Emily at Emily@ILiveHereIGiveHere.Org.
Tom Spencer is the Executive Director of I Live Here, I Give Here. In this role, Tom leads a collaboration of individual philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, family foundations, local businesses and religious leaders, growing the culture of philanthropy in Central Texas by increasing awareness of the local needs and the role each of us can play in creating solutions. This pioneering movement to deepen and expand the culture of personal philanthropy in our community is built on public awareness, nonprofit mobilization, and donor education.
Tom served on the Board of I Live Here, I Give Here prior to assuming the helm as Executive Director. He is the Former CEO of Interfaith Action of Central Texas, where he led efforts that more than doubled the organization’s annual budget and the implementation of structural reforms that modernized the agency and ensured its sustainability. During his tenure at iACT, Tom worked to expand and fund the agency’s direct service programs: Hands on Housing and the iACT for Refugees School. In 2009 he was awarded the “Peace Award” from the Institute for Interfaith Dialog for his work at building trust between the faith traditions. In 2011, The Pluralism Project, an organization associated with Harvard University’s School of Divinity produced a case study about iACT focusing on its growth under Tom’s leadership.
Prior to being hired by iACT in 2008, Tom served as a Host and Producer for KLRU-TV, Austin’s Public Television station for over twenty-five years. Tom won many awards and honors for his work on television. His documentary, The Painted Churches of Texas: Echoes of the Homeland won the National Educational Television Association’s award for Historical Documentary of the Year (2001.) In 2003 the Austin Chronicle named Tom “Best TV Moderator” as a part of its annual “Best of Austin Awards” issue. Since 1983 Tom has also produced and hosted a weekly radio program on gardening for KLBJ-AM. He is the author of numerous articles and columns on gardening and landscape design. He also currently hosts the Central Texas Gardener, a weekly gardening program presented by KLRU.
Tom is very active in the civic affairs of Austin and has served on the Board of Directors for CAN, the Community Advancement Network; The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (the local FEMA Board); and The Ecumenical and Interreligious Leadership Network. He served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Austin / Travis County Hate Crimes Task Force, The Austin Housing Repair Coalition, The Mayor's Task Force on Aging, and, in 2011 – 2012, was appointed to the Bond Election Advisory Task Force for the City of Austin. top
Sponsorship Sales Executive
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Karen Frost is principal and owner of Frost Media Relations, and currently serves as the consulting Sponsorship Sales Executive for I Live Here, I Give Here®. In this role, Karen spearhead's the organization's engagement of program sponsors. For two years, Frost served as Board Chair for I Live Here, I Give Here. During the summer of 2011 as the Board incubated our newest program Amplify Austin, Frost became so excited about the program that she stepped down from the Board to become consulting staff to help lead the charge for Amplify Austin.
A few of Frost’s public relations clients include Whole Foods Market, Keller Williams Realty International, The Red Twist, The Nobelity Project, Zachary Scott Theatre, The Texas Medal of Arts Awards and American Mensa.
Karen currently serves on the board of The Long Center and served as alumni president of the Bob Schieffer School of Journalism at Texas Christian University, as well as the executive board for CreateAustin, Impact Austin and Leadership Austin. In 2006 Karen was honored with Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award and in 2008 she received the Austin Under 40 Award for business entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Karen was raised in Houston, but spent a number of years living in Dallas, Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. Since April 2002, she has claimed Austin as home and lives in the central part of town with her husband, Charles Levy, and their border collie/golden retriever mix, Melvin, and their rhodesian ridgeback, Athena.
Following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Karen collaborated with one of her clients – Jackie Waldman – and together they co-authored America, September 11th; The Courage to Give, which ultimately raised over $100 thousand for the American Red Cross.
You can e-mail Karen at Karen@ILiveHereIGiveHere.org. top