CEO | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Misti Potter is the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA). She was promoted to lead the organization in March 2017 after serving for two years as executive vice president.
Her role as CEO of BGCAA includes leadership, development and operational oversight for the 28 local clubs and four outreach programs, which are located in schools, community centers and housing authority sites in Travis and Bastrop Counties. BGCAA provides academic success and health, wellness, character and leadership services to more than 12,000 Austin youth each year. Currently, BGCAA provides quality out-of-school-time programs and services for an estimated 2,300 kids ages 6–18 on a daily basis. As CEO of BGCAA, Misti will work with a high-performing volunteer board of directors as well as program and development teams to raise more than $7 million annually to support the daily operations of the organization and more than 200 employees.
Misti’s nonprofit career spans more than 20 years, nearly all of which have been with the Boys & Girls Clubs movement. She launched her career with the organization in 1997, beginning with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens/Limestone County (Alabama) and later moving across the South to serve the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Alabama, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis and then the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, which brought her back to her home state of Texas.
Prior to joining BGCAA in January 2015, Misti spent four years as president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rockwall County. Under her leadership, the Rockwall County nonprofit grew from 70 to more than 800 members—expanding its services into neighboring communities, establishing signature events such as the Angels Among Us Breakfast and building a foundation of respect and recognition among community leaders and supporters.
Throughout her Boys & Girls Clubs tenure, Misti has become known as a change agent, leveraging her great passion and talent to organize and orchestrate resource development campaigns and plans that have raised more than $40 million. Her nonprofit management expertise includes board development, program creation, marketing and public relations, staff and organizational development, general operations and executive level management.
Misti is not only making an impact in Greater Austin—she is also providing leadership on a national level. She is past president of the Professional Association for Boys & Girls Clubs, with which she has been involved for more than 12 years and in 2014 became the third woman ever to be elected president over a period of 60 years. Misti is also a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America President’s Advisory Committee, a professional advisory council to the national president, Jim Clark, and she is a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National 2025 Strategic Planning Commission. She has also served on numerous other Boys & Girls Clubs of America conference planning committees during her two decades with the organization.
In 2013, Misti received the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Southwest Region Rookie of the Year Award, and in 2014 she was selected as the recipient of the Jim Wetherington Southwesterner Award for the Southwest Region. Misti has also received both the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Regional and National Professional of the Year awards. Additionally, she successfully completed the Executive Management Level certification of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Leadership University and was one of just 15 development professionals in the country to be chosen to participate in the inaugural class of the Strom Thurmond Leadership Institute at Clemson University.
A proud Lone Star State native who was born and raised in rural West Texas, Misti lives in Austin with her college sweetheart and husband of 20 years, Alan, and their two sons, Nathan and Jackson. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing, and is an avid hunter and sports enthusiast.
Erica Gallardo Taft
Chief Operating & Strategy Officer | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Erica Gallardo Taft is the Chief Operating & Strategy Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA). She was promoted in April 2017 after joining BGCAA in July 2003 as Unit Director and being promoted to Vice President of Program Services in Feb. 2005.
In her new role as Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, Erica is responsible for internal and club-wide operations as the organization begins to implement the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan. Erica’s duties include working closely with senior staff to plan, develop, implement and oversee all programs including operations, budgets, resource development, technology and programs. In addition, she will work closely with the Board, the CEO and the Executive Leadership team.
During her tenure as Vice President of Program Services with BGCAA, Erica was instrumental in driving rapid growth and an increase in organizational reach by expanding program services from three in 2003 to 22 in 2014.
Since 1998, Erica has worked with youth in the Boys & Girls Clubs in several states including serving as the Director of Program Services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township in Streamwood, Ill and Cadet Room Activities Leader and Membership Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo, Ohio. In addition, Erica volunteers with at-risk youth at an afterschool program for the gypsy population in Bilbao, Spain.
Erica holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo, Ohio and is a graduate of the Advanced Learning Certification program at Clemson University and the Certification for Nonprofit Leadership Management at Austin Community College. She also completed Leadership University, a collaborative program with Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In addition, she attended the Universidad Autonoma, de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico and the Universidad de Paris Vasco in Bilbao, Spain.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Erica lives in Seguin, Texas with her husband, Clint, and two sons.
William Penny Jr.
Chief Financial Officer | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
William Penny Jr. is the Chief Financial Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA). He joined the organization in November 2015 following a career in banking and finance.
His role as VP Finance and Administration with BGCAA includes responsibility for all organization, program accounting and financial management. Will collaborates with the President/CEO and other executives in managing the organizations finances to ensure a smooth delivery of services for BGCAA program initiatives. He ensures all reporting meets regulatory, GAAP, Donor and Granting agency requirements and assists in leading various programs’ financial management to establish and maintain strong working relationships with donor and granting entities. In addition, he provides oversight of program revenue and expenditures to ensure expense allocation is made to the appropriate projects and their objectives, oversees the preparation of financial reports, and builds financial administration capacity throughout the organization.
Prior to joining BGCAA in 2015, Will was a commercial banking and finance professional with Wachovia Bank in White Plains, New York. In 2004, he moved to Austin as part of the Wachovia team charged with increasing the banks presence in Texas. In 2008, Wachovia was acquired by Wells Fargo Bank and Will continued work with them until July 2013. Will then joined Austin nonprofit Con Mi MADRE as their Accounting and Finance, a position he held until joining BGCAA. During 2014, he also worked as a bookkeeper at Waterloo Counseling and during 2014-2015 as an Accounting Manager for Revolve Solar.
Will holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Skidmore College and a Professional Accountant Advanced Technical certificate from Austin Community College. He is a graduate of the Leadership Austin program and served from 2008-2013 as a Board member and Chair of Access to Capital Committee of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Will is a native of White Plains, N.Y., and lives in Austin with his wife and two children, Sofia and Emilio.
Chief Development Officer | Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Michele Glaze is the Chief Development Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA). She joined the organization in October 2016 following a career in marketing, communications and public affairs mostly in the high-tech industry.
In her role, Michele leads resource management including fund development programs, volunteer and donor management and marketing and public relations.
Prior to joining BGCAA, Michele served as the Director of Community Advancement at USAA and spent 17 years at Dell. While at Dell, she served as in several marketing and communications roles ranging from the Dell Foundation to divisions within Dell including corporate responsibility, public affairs, corporate communications and services marketing. Michele has had numerous “firsts” and “industry leading” activities throughout her career. While at Dell, she changed the world one computer and child at a time through a computer donation program, created possibilities for hundreds of nonprofit organizations worldwide through philanthropic and employee engagement programs, effectively ended veteran homelessness in San Antonio and managed the response to Dell’s first protest.
Michele is a graduate of The University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations, and she currently serves on the Moody College of Communications Advisory Council. She has supported the community in numerous leadership roles including serving as president for the United Way of Williamson County, Cedar Park Public Library, Austin Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and the Texas Public Relations Society. She was featured as “Our Somebody” by the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area in 2014. Michele is a graduate of Leadership Texas and Leadership Austin.
As the great, great, great granddaughter of the founding father of Rockne, Texas, Michele has a rich family history in Central Texas. She grew up in Bastrop and her family lineage is on display at the Lehman Log cabin and museum in Rockne. Michele lives in Austin with her husband Gordon and the joys of her life -- her son, Daniel, and his wife Ana and their daughter Lily; and son Patrick.