PelotonU’s Board Members
PelotonU has nine board members from the Austin community, including a current student. Our board plays an active role in strategy and governance as we continue improving our support for working college students in Austin and share those lessons with partners in communities outside Austin.
Here are our current members, as of January 2019.
Chairperson of the Board
Vice President, Greenridge Investment Partners
James is a Vice President at the private equity group Greenridge Investment Partners. His experience evaluating investments and supporting management teams through the execution of growth plans yields a strong understanding of the challenges growing organizations face. James has also worked in investment banking and earned a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
Assistant Director, Watershed Protection, City of Austin
A sixteen year veteran at the City of Austin, Sara has built a career leading dynamic teams and developing internal staff. She has led PelotonU’s partnership with the City of Austin and is invested in helping other local employers provide upward mobility for their entry-level staff.
Senior Associate, Blue Sage Capital
Austin is a Senior Associate at Blue Sage Capital, an Austin, Texas-based middle-market private equity firm. Previously, Austin worked in the Global Energy Investment Banking Group at Citi in Houston, Texas advising clients across multiple verticals and situations in the oil and gas industry. Austin graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA degree in Political Science and a minor in Biology (pre-medicine concentration).
President, David Weekley Family Foundation
Robin Bruce serves as President of the David Weekley Family Foundation, a private family foundation that invests time, treasure, and talent in organizations promoting human flourishing. Prior to joining the David Weekley Family Foundation team, she spent four years as the CEO of the Acton School of Business, an award-winning entrepreneurial MBA in Austin, Texas. Robin was also part of the Edelman team in New York City, where she helped develop the firm’s global Business + Social Purpose offering while working alongside Fortune 500 companies on triple bottom line business strategies. Robin holds an MBA from The Acton School of Business and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University. She received Texas Business Hall of Fame’s 2010 Award for entrepreneurial achievement.
President, Professional Janitorial Services
A long-time entrepreneur and philanthropist with over 1,500 employees in Austin, Rex’s work on initiatives supporting the educational goals of his staff led him to join with Hudson to found PelotonU. He currently sits on the board of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Executive Director, Sooch Foundation
A former teacher and attorney, her work with the Sooch Foundation alongside area non-profits provides important insights into best practices for nonprofit governance and operations. Mary Ellen also serves on the Austin Opportunity Youth Steering Committee and is active in several local and national education funders groups.
Vice President of Human Resources, Campus Advantage
Angela is a senior level Human Resources professional. She has performed many of the functions of Human Resources and enjoys them all however, she is especially devoted to the development of people. Angela believes everyone should have the same educational opportunities. As a true servant leader Angela also serves on the Boards of the Austin Human Resources Management Association and the Greater Austin YWCA.
Kelsey McQueen – Student Board Member
People & Culture Manager, Bumble
Kelsey, who will earn her BA in Human Resources from WGU in 2021, has already built a successful career in employee relations and culture. Formerly at Build a Sign, she now leads the compliance, risk, onboarding, and training functions for Bumble.
Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group
Nicole is currently a Project Leader with Boston Consulting Group. She works in BCG’s Education, Employment, and Welfare practice, focused on strategy for birth to three and PK-12 organizations and school systems in Texas and across the country. During her time at BCG, she has worked with state education agencies, school districts, higher education institutions, collective impact organizations, think tanks, and other nonprofits. Nicole is a graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in Economics.
President and Founder, Red Fan Communications
Kathleen has acted as a public relations shaman for some of the largest technology companies and some of the smallest, most promising startups during many of the most turbulent times in tech, from the rise of global telecommunications, nanotechnology and personal computing to international mergers, acquisitions and IPOs. She brings an exceptional background to her board role as someone who has helped a number of Ed tech companies and schools by supporting educators, administrators and students in fresh ways.
After a successful and award-winning career working for IBM, JPMorgan, Ketchum Worldwide and other global brands and agencies, Kathleen moved to Austin just as the city began its meteoric rise as a hotbed for tech startups and investment. In the time since, she has helped countless companies of all stages clarify their purpose, tell their unique stories, differentiate from their competitors and establish lasting relationships with clients and customers. The tenacity with which she approaches her clients’ problems is matched only by her dedication to the Austin community. She serves on several boards and donates much of her and her staff’s time to local nonprofits that have tangible impact throughout the community, including the Mike and Sherry Project, Austin Gives, The Trail of Lights, the ABC Kite Fest, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Andy Roddick Foundation, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.