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

Secretary

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

Treasurer

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.

Van Davis

Principal at Foghlam Consulting

Van was Associate Vice President for Higher Education Research and Policy at Blackboard; prior to that, he served as the Director of Innovations at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board where he built the first competency-based university degree path in Texas. He holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and taught at both public and private universities for ten years.

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.

Karen Jordan-Markham

Executive Coach & Vice President of Development, Emergent Execs

Karen has served as President and CEO of the International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. A veteran of the hospitality industry, she was also formerly Executive Director of the Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Esther Montoya

Program Specialist, Watershed Protection, City of Austin

A native Texan and long-time Austin resident, Esther has worked with the City of Austin for 24 years. Esther serves Watershed Protection as a supervisor, oversees council items, and provides support for the Director, Assistant Director and staff. She is a current PelotonU student, and offers valuable insight as the board seeks to put students first in their strategic decisions.

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.