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.

James Baker

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.

Sara Boone Hartley


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.

Austin Prentice


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).

Robin Bruce

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.

Rex Gore

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.

Mary Ellen Pietruszynski

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.

Angela L. Shaw, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

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.