Emerging Leaders Council

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.

Membership Benefits

  • 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

Membership Opportunities

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.

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