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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

COURTNEY MANUEL

Courtney has more than 15 years of experience in fund development, management, and leadership. Most recently, she held a variety of positions at the University of Texas at Austin where she advanced to eventually serve as executive director for development at Dell Medical School.

Courtney’s professional experience at UT Austin boasts many impressive highlights, including leading a campaign at Dell Medical School that during her time there raised over $210 million towards a $1 billion, 10-year goal. To accomplish this goal, she worked closely with visionary donors, the Dell Medical School dean, and faculty, as well as key University of Texas partners, to create a case for support and a comprehensive, successful development plan. Additionally, she designed the development department structure and strategically selected a talented team of development professionals to support this work.

Prior to joining the Dell Medical School team, Courtney served in lead positions at the University Development Office and the School of Undergraduate Studies at UT. She has previously held leadership roles in corporate philanthropy, special events and outreach for organizations such as the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, Literacy Chicago and Jewish Family Service of Greater Los Angeles.

When the executive director role at I Live Here I Give Here became available, Courtney was immediately interested. The opportunity to lead an organization that supports the fundraising efforts for more than 700 nonprofits in her community was the role of a lifetime. It perfectly merges her leadership and development experience from Dell Medical School with the volunteer management and corporate philanthropy experience from her time at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago with the grassroots, community outreach role she held at Jewish Family Service of Greater Los Angeles.

Courtney and her husband Jake have two awesome kiddos, Jordan (9) and Harris (8). When she is not working to make Austin the most philanthropic community in America, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching live music, enjoying Austin’s amazing food scene, and volunteering on the Board of Directors at Shalom Austin.

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

 
Lindsey Muse Portrait

Chief operations officer

Lindsay Muse

Lindsay has twenty years of experience in creative business development, building capacity and culture, social impact, program direction and marketing in addition to conference, festival and event production. She has consulted on development and direction for various organizations, conferences, festivals, and agencies. Lindsay’s prior experience includes working as Festival Producer for South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals, Production Manager at HBO Studio Productions, and Production & Marketing Manager at Match.com, Cornerstone Agency (THE FADER), and Quiksilver.

After fourteen years of corporate management, Lindsay felt compelled to lend her experience to the nonprofit world and worked for three years as Executive Director for charitable organizations including aGLIFF that support civil rights awareness and education. She lent her expertise on several advisory boards to support the community including working on Emancipet’s Development Committee and the Marfa Film Festival, and has hosted fundraisers for Caritas of Austin. Lindsay developed and launched the SXSW Gaming Festival; has managed experiential productions for Apple Music, Complex Media, and TaskForce PR; and served on the Digital Media Council while working with the City of Austin, Austin Chamber, Texas Film Commission, Skillpoint Alliance, and IGDA to advocate creative industry incentives in the state of Texas.

Lindsay and her fiancé Zackery devote their time to supporting civil and human rights causes. As a native Texan, she loves the Austin hill country, collecting records and sitting around the campfire with friends and her rescue dogs.

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

 
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Director of Communications & Programming

Catherine Lucchesi

Catherine has always had a passion connecting communities, creating movements, and for engaging new demographics through ideas. As Director of Communications and Programming, Catherine focuses on I Live Here I Give Here’s outreach, programs, and develops strategic partnerships. In addition to managing the organization’s programs, like The BIG Give, she also is responsible for I Live Here I Give Here’s development activities, social media content, and brand strategy.

Originally from River Forest, IL, Catherine came to Texas after eight years in New York City. After graduating from NYU with a degree in art history, creative writing, and business, she joined the New Museum immediately following a major rebrand. Catherine was part of the team that developed the museum’s connection to its new neighborhood, new corporate members, and event series. During her time there, she built strategic partnerships with brands like W Magazine, MAC Cosmetics, Redbull, and LVMH. Catherine moved to Austin in 2013 to with a desire to help establish a community and be part of a young nonprofit organization.

Catherine lives in east Austin with her husband Tucker, who is an Associate in the Corporate/Securities group at Andrews Kurth. She is passionate about giving back to the local community in Austin and is involved with local organizations such as Austin Speech Labs, Austin Pets Alive, The Contemporary, and AFP. An avid reader she enjoys contemporary fiction and poetry in her spare time.

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

 
Amy Morris Portrait

Director of finance

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Amy Morris is excited to step into the role of Director of Finance for I Live Here I Give Here.  She has served the Austin non-profit community both personally and professionally since moving to Austin in 2002, and finds her passion in this vibrant and thriving community. Her role at I Live Here I Give here will focus on supporting the team in all things numbers.

Amy received her Accounting degree at Texas A&M University in 2001 and started her professional career in the audit department at the Houston office of Arthur Andersen. Her career then brought her to the Austin offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Maxwell Locke & Ritter, where she served many local non-profit clients over her nine years with MLR.  Throughout her public accounting career, her focus was financial audits, agreed-upon procedures, and becoming a trusted business advisor to her clients.

Amy is from the piney woods of Longview, TX, and is the only true Texan in her family. Her parents originally hail from New Orleans, and she has a bevy of older siblings who create the raucous bunch she loves dearly. When she’s not crunching number in Excel, she loves to spend time with her two daughters and their animals, reading her latest bookstore find, or yelling at Kyle Field for her Aggies. She’s volunteers over the years for Austin Boxer Rescue, Junior Achievement, Meals on Wheels, and Girlstart, and currently, serves on the board of the Capital City A&M Club Foundation.

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

 
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Manager of Nonprofit & Customer Relations

Christine Herlin

Christine believes in the power of community to inspire positive change. Christine is a native Texan, which naturally makes her a diehard fan of salsa, open skies, and big hats. Growing up here has also taught her about the importance of lifting up your neighbors and has instilled a deep appreciation for the history, culture, and beauty of the Hill Country. Christine values that her work with I Live Here I Give Here encourages locals to choose generosity and to give back to the people and places that make Central Texas home for them. 

Christine joined the I Live Here I Give Here team in 2015 as the Program Coordinator and was promoted to the role of Manager of Nonprofit & Customer Relations in 2017. Christine’s role with I Live Here I Give Here allows her to build a more generous community in Central Texas by connecting local givers with the causes they care about. As the Manager of Nonprofit & Customer Relations, Christine works directly with I Live Here I Give Here’s 700 Nonprofit Members to ensure that they feel empowered and equipped to engage local givers online. Christine's work is focused on the development of programs like Amplify Austin Day and Giving Tuesday. Christine also manages educational material and creative content for local nonprofits as well as the individuals and families who fundraise on their behalf. 

Christine graduated from Trinity University with a degree in History and Art History. Previously, she interned with the Witte Museum, Artpace San Antonio and The Big Give S.A. Christine and her husband, Patrick, spend their weekends hitting the local trails with their rescue pup, Maggie.

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

 
Chelsea Toler-Hoffmann Portrait

Manager of Development

Chelsea Toler-Hoffmann

As the Manager of Development, Chelsea is looking forward to participating in development cultivation, stewardship, recognition, and communications to support I Live Here I Give Here’s mission and goals. In this role, Chelsea aligns fundraising initiatives with I Live Here I Give Here’s mission through relationship management of individual and major gifts, and public and private funding. In addition to helping create and administer I Live Here I Give Here’s development plan, Chelsea works under the Executive Director and the Senior Director of Operations to spearhead development activities across all programs and supports the execution of Amplify Austin, the BIG Give, Community Needs Spotlight, Austin Involved and other initiatives involving nonprofit donor and member participation.

A true Longhorn, Chelsea graduated from The University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts Honors, Plan 1, and Humanities Honors. Chelsea is completing a graduate program at St. Edward’s University and expects to receive a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts in August of 2017. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Chelsea interned with Resolve Creative Project House and helped plan and run the reopening of the SXSW venue, Vulcan. Chelsea most recently worked as the Manager of Leadership Giving at Austin Opera. In this role, Chelsea managed Austin Opera’s foundation, corporate, trustee, and government campaigns to support the Opera’s artistic, educational, and strategic initiatives.

Chelsea is passionate about positively impacting her hometown community and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Young Professionals Network of Austin, and the Grant Writing Association. Chelsea is an advocate for children’s programs and serves on the Board of ATX Kids. Spending her free time creating photography and music as well as developing impactful relationships in the artistic community, Chelsea especially enjoys fundraising and performing in collaboration with Austin’s artists and musicians. Chelsea recently moved to a home in North Austin with her husband Daniel (who is also a graduate of the University of Texas and is pursuing an advanced degree at The McCombs School of Business).

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

 
 

 

Careers

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY & PROGRAMMING

The Director of Strategy & Programming is responsible for evaluating I Live Here I Give Here’s portfolio of programs to ensure  that they are in alignment with the organization’s strategic plan, elevate the mission, and have an excellent return on investment. This role will be responsible for representing the organization externally, building strategic relationships, implementing programs, and thoughtfully engaging stakeholders. This role also includes the strategic management of stakeholder experience in line with fundraising strategies.  

To apply: please send your cover letter and resume to: resumes@ilivehereigivehere.org

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

The Director of Development is responsible for strategically managing all aspects of development cultivation, stewardship, recognition and communications in support of I Live Here I Give Here’s mission and goals. This includes the solicitation and relationship management of individual and major gifts, and of public and private funding, while elevating the stakeholder experience in line with fundraising strategies. The Director of Development is responsible for spearheading all development activities across all programs and and other initiatives involving nonprofit donor and member participation.  

To apply: please send your cover letter and resume to: resumes@ilivehereigivehere.org

MANAGER OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

The Manager of Marketing & Communications is responsible for ensuring I Live Here I Give Here’s marketing and communications initiatives are impactful and elevate the organization’s mission and strategic plan goals. This role will will be responsible for representing and educating our community through thoughtful storytelling, and for engaging stakeholders across communications channels, marketing efforts and events as key constituents of I Live Here I Give Here. This includes the strategic management of all marketing, communications and publicly produced organizational materials and the creation of content across all official channels.

To apply: please send your cover letter and resume to: resumes@ilivehereigivehere.org


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Internships

To apply: please send your cover letter and resume to: resumes@ilivehereigivehere.org