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 nonprofits 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 Director of Nonprofit & Customer Relations 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.

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Celeste Flores

As Chief Operating Officer, Celeste is responsible for the organization’s operations and community program development and execution.

Before joining the I Live Here, I Give Here team, Celeste did regional grantmaking with Foundation for the Carolinas, a 12-county community foundation based in Charlotte, NC. 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 is a member of the Junior League of Austin and volunteers with the Center for Child Protection. She has a passion for the arts and creating access for children and underserved communities. She enjoys discovering something new in Austin with her husband, Ray, and daughter.

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

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Catherine Lucchesi

As Associate Director of Events, Marketing and Operations, Catherine produces I Live Here I Give Here’s programming and communications. In addition to managing the organizations events, like The BIG Give, she also is responsible for I Live Here I Give Here’s development activities, social media content, and branding.

Originally from River Forest, IL Catherine came to Austin after an eight-year stint in New York City. After graduating from New York University with a degree in art history, creative writing, and business, she worked at the New Museum managing corporate and private rental events as well as internal museum events. Prior to being the Special Events Manager, she worked as the Department of External Affairs Associate assisting with press, marketing, and community outreach. She also enjoyed working as a freelance wedding planner with Baton NYC and Fete during her time in New York.

Catherine moved to Austin in 2013 with her husband Tucker who attends University of Texas School of Law. She is passionate about giving back to the local community in Austin and has volunteered with local organizations such as Austin Pets Alive and The Contemporary. Catherine and Tucker recently restored a historical home in central east Austin and enjoy exploring their new neighborhood. An avid reader she enjoys contemporary fiction and poetry in her spare time.

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

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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.