2021 Good Apple Dinner Honorees

J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award Recipients

Jennifer and Peter Altabef

The Texas Appleseed Board of Directors is proud to name Jennifer Altabef and Peter Altabef as this year's Good Apples.

Jennifer is a dedicated civic volunteer. She currently serves as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Theater Center and the chair of the Executive Board of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University and has received the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Jennifer is the immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of North Texas Public Broadcasting (KERA). She also serves on the boards of the NPR Foundation, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Global Fund for Children, and Big Thought. Before devoting herself full-time to civic and philanthropic involvement, Jennifer practiced law in Dallas for 28 years. She served as the head of the labor and employment law section at both Locke Purnell Rain Harrell and Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal. She has appeared in The Best Lawyers in America, Texas Monthly’s “Texas Super Lawyers,” and D Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Dallas.”

Peter is chair of the board and CEO of Unisys Corporation, a global IT solutions company. Before joining Unisys, he served as president and CEO of MICROS Systems, Inc.; president and CEO of Perot Systems Corporation; president of Dell Services; and partner at Hughes & Luce, LLP. He is a member of the board of directors of NiSource Inc., a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), and a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED). He is actively involved in Dallas’s non-profit community. He has served on the board of governors of the Dallas Symphony Association, the associates' board of Children's Medical Center Dallas, the board of advisors of Dallas Children's Theater, the Technology Committee of the Highland Park Independent School Board, the advisory board of the Dallas Museum of Natural History and as co-chairman of the American Heart Association Heart Walk Dallas.

For their exemplary leadership within the private and non-profit sectors, devotion to serving others, and their incredible impact on the Dallas community and beyond, Texas Appleseed is proud to honor Jennifer and Peter Altabef with the 2021 J. Chrys Dougherty Good Apple Award on November 10.

Pro Bono Leadership Award Recipient

Latham & Watkins LLP

Texas Appleseed is pleased to present the 2021 Pro Bono Leadership Award to outstanding law firm Latham & Watkins LLP. Throughout 2020, Latham & Watkins proved to be an indispensable partner, volunteering more than 1,600 hours and working on no fewer than ten different projects with Texas Appleseed. Latham attorneys drafted a memorandum evaluating barriers to rural Texans’ access to internet and broadband, which serves as the basis for Texas Appleseed’s Emerging Leaders Council’s work on the issue. Latham completed a memo exploring the boundaries of school discipline in a virtual learning environment, understanding that there would be many emerging and grey areas. And Latham researched local ordinances and state case law regarding civilian oversight of police departments, supporting our reform efforts throughout the state. Additionally, gaining necessary access to government meetings and public records that Texas Appleseed relies on for its work became more difficult during the pandemic. Government offices were inaccessible, and public information requests sat idle in email inboxes. Latham helped Texas Appleseed understand what requirements agencies had to meet regarding public information requests during a disaster or crisis.