Staff

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Phoebe Chen

Veronica De la Rosa

Veronica
De la Rosa

Celeste Flores Director of Community Engagement (512) 432 - 1936

Celeste Flores

Tom Spencer Executive Director

Tom Spencer


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Phoebe Chen

Phoebe, originally from Houston, attended the University of Texas at Austin before she began a career in management consulting in Chicago and later New York City.  After spending five years traveling the contiguous 48 states working in the healthcare and print media industries, she and her husband decided it was time to call Austin home once again.

In her spare time, you can find her at your local yoga studio, teaching SUP Yoga on nearby water, dabbling in the “foodie” world and busy launching her non-profit Ready Set Yoga.

Prior to her role at I Live Here, I Give Here as the Director of Non Profit and Customer Relations, Phoebe put her Business degree to work in diverse leadership roles at RR Donnelley, Huron Consulting and Google.  Now her business is to grow Austin’s philanthropic capacity by empowering businesses and individuals to give back to its local nonprofit community.

You can e-mail Phoebe at Phoebe@ILiveHereIGiveHere.Org.

 


Veronica De la Rosa

Veronica De La Rosa

Veronica has been part of the non-profit community since 2001 working with various organizations throughout Austin. Originally from Round Rock, Texas, Veronica is a graduate of St. Edward’s University and Texas State University with a Master’s Degree in Education. She considers herself a life-long learner about the city she lives in and is always excited to explore and discover new things about Austin.

Veronica has a great deal of experience working with volunteers, event planning, social media and over the years has become passionate about promoting each of the non-profits she has worked for. She is excited to have finally found a job that focuses on promoting all local non-profit organizations and their missions as the Associate Director of Programs & Operations at I Live Here, I Give Here.

Veronica is an avid Longhorn and Spurs fan and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her friends and family especially her two nieces and nephew.

You can e-mail Veronica at Veronica@ILiveHereIGiveHere.Org.

 


Celeste Flores Director of Community Engagement (512) 432 - 1936

Celeste Flores

As Chief Operating Officer 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.


Tom Spencer Executive Director

Tom Spencer

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.

You can e-mail Tom at Tom@ILiveHereIGiveHere.Org.