The Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) is a member-based organization of Texas Appleseed. ELC members will establish flagship pro bono projects and create new and innovative ways to support Texas Appleseed through its own elected leadership.
- Opportunity to help underserved populations via pro bono and participate in the systemic reform work of Texas Appleseed
- Opportunity to network with Texas Appleseed board members and other ELC members
- Creates leadership opportunities
- Allows for creative problem-solving on some of Texas’ most challenging issues
Who Can Join
We invite any professional residing in or pursuing their profession in the State of Texas to join — the Emerging Leaders Council is not just for lawyers! Cross-pollination of ideas between professionals allows for creative identification of innovative solutions to systemic problems. We would like to have a range of professions represented, including legal/law, architecture, business, design, education, grassroots advocacy, marketing/communications, medicine, sciences/environmental, social services, tech, and more.
2021-2022 ELC Officers
President: T.J. Hope, Stout Risius Ross, LLC*
President-Elect: Lillian Byas - Bexar County*
Immediate Past President: Annik Morgan - Chamblee Ryan Attorneys at Law*
Vice President: Deidra Perry - University of Houston*
Treasurer: Megan Utz - PwC*
Secretary: Jason Jordan - Haynes & Boone, LLP*
Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs: Deidra Perry & Megan Utz
Membership Committee Chair: Jane Ehinmoro, Perkins Coie LLP*
Events & Fundraising Committee Chair: [open]
Texas Appleseed Staff Liaison: Gabriella McDonald
* Affiliations listed for identification only
New members will be added to the ELC membership the first week of April or December of each year. Please submit an application before April 1 or before December 1 of the year you would like to join. Texas Appleseed will respond approximately 20 days after it's received.