Caroline Kim (Board Chair) is a proven strategist with over 10 years of experience translating insights into actionable business strategies and a trusted advisor for senior executive Fortune 50 clients. As a senior leader at Booz Allen Hamilton, she built a reputation as a creative leader with experience overseeing cross-functional teams that use data to solve complex business problems. Caroline brings a unique blend of strategy and organizational experience including: strategic planning, corporate social responsibility, public private partnerships, and change management. She has worked across all sectors including private corporations, non-profit and government in over 10 countries across 4 continents. Caroline received her MPP at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and her BA at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Dr. Caitlin Bailey, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and directs the Emergency Medicine Clinical Course. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University with a B.A in Psychology. After working as a laboratory technician scientist at the Whitehead Institute at M.I.T., she matriculated at Harvard Medical School. Caitlin completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, where she also completed a fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound. She is currently the Medical Student Clerkship Director and Assistant Residency Program Director at Highland, a safety net hospital for Oakland and Alameda County. She works extensively with underserved populations, including low-income, incarcerated, undocumented and refugee patients.
Doug Deason Prior to joining the family office, Doug was CEO of Precept Builders, Inc., a Deason family owned nationwide commercial builder, from 1993 to 2009 and co-managing partner of Evergreen Realty Partners, a commercial and multifamily development company based in Dallas. He currently serves on the board of directors of 1200 Media Group, Foreland Resources, Deason Capital Services, Intrexon Energy Partners, Ryan LLC, ID Life and DCS Finance. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Valesco Industries; a Dallas based private equity and debt fund, the Executive Board of The Bobby Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, and is Chairman of the Advisory Board of The Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security at SMU. Doug has served on numerous boards of private and public companies as well as several different charitable organizations and private schools. He has served on the finance committee of the Dallas County Republican Party for four years. He also served on the Executive Committee and as Membership Chair for the West Texas Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1984 with a degree in Data Processing Quantitative Analysis (Computer Science).
Larry Robinson is a retired First Sergeant in the United States Army. Twenty-two years ago, his 16-year-old son, Jason Robinson, was convicted of being an accessory to the crime of killing a man and given a mandatory life sentence. Larry has become a passionate advocate for Jason and other children like him, testifying before the Texas Legislature and engaging in frequent media appearances. He is a member of Epicenter, a group of family members of juveniles sentenced in the Texas adult criminal justice system.
Reed Macy, CFA has over 10 years of professional experience in finance, including deep experience in both private equity, investment banking and portfolio management. Previously, Reed ran the E&P practice as a Managing Director at Headwaters MB, a middle-market investment bank. Before joining Headwaters, he managed the deal review, analytics and structuring for SourceRock an energy consulting and advisory firm, where he was a Partner. Reed was a former Vice President for Parallel Resource Partners, an energy private equity firm that specialized in distressed equity and debt investments in the oil and gas sector. Prior to joining Parallel Resource Partners, Reed was a Vice President at Carlson Capital and worked with the firm’s private equity, directional credit and long/short equity portfolio management team. Prior to joining Carlson Capital, Reed worked as an associate for TPH Partners in 2009. TPH Partners is a Houston-based energy private equity group affiliated with Tudor Pickering & Holt, which is a leading oil and gas focused investment banking firm. At Tudor Pickering, Reed held a joint role of coordinating and co-managing the fund’s capital raising process, as well as running investment analytics for potential deals across the small cap E&P midstream and service sectors. From 2007 through 2008, Reed worked at Goldman Sachs E&P Capital, the principal energy investment group within the firm, where he sourced, performed due diligence, analyzed and later monitored numerous energy investments, including debt, equity and convertible structures. Reed began his career in mid-2004 in the Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management division, where he managed and executed public security transactions and performed portfolio analytics for a team with over $2.5 billion in assets under management. Reed earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Rice University and is a CFA Charterholder. He is currently pursuing an MD at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Keri McDonald is a communications and grant writing consultant for non-profits and public education groups. She received her BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. After graduating, she spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA. This experience profoundly shaped her career path and she has since made it her personal mission to work with organizations that serve marginalized populations. After AmeriCorps, she worked in child welfare for a number of years as a CPS conservatorship caseworker, case manager for a child placing agency, and in outreach and recruitment with Texas CASA. She then spent several years working in education policy while earning her Master's in Public Affairs from UT's LBJ school. At LBJ, Keri focused much of her research on the school to prison pipeline and crossover youth. Keri is also seasoned fundraiser having worked as the Grants Manager for Austin Sunshine Camps where she exceeded her fundraising goals for three years running and was also the 2015 national winner of the Best Grant Proposal, a peer-reviewed award from the Grants Professionals Association.
Ashley Pettus is a philanthropist with a keen interest in juvenile justice reform. She is the founder and director of the Global HearthWorks Foundation, a US-based 501C3, that invests in renewable energy enterprises and other climate solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere in the developing world. She has also worked as a freelance writer and educator. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard College. She currently lives in Houston, Texas.
Courtney R. Chavez, J.D. is the Associate Director of the Office for Inclusion and Equity at the University of Texas at Austin. In her role, Courtney assists in the coordination and administration of the university’s Title VI, Title VII and Title IX complaint intake, triage, investigation and resolution process. She investigates discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation complaints by applicants, students, faculty, staff, visitors, and administrators. Courtney was previously Deputy Director for the Center for Women in Law (CWIL) at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. She practiced law for seven years at the international law firm of Jones Day, Scheper Kim & Harris LLP, and Andrade Gonzalez LLP in Los Angeles, California. Her practice included white collar criminal defense, cybersecurity, and complex civil litigation.
Allen Rothman graduated from Columbia College in 1978 with a BA in Philosophy-Economics and from Harvard Law School in 1981. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During his legal career, Allen has worked as a corporate lawyer at small and mid-size law firms in New York City. Allen also served as an general counsel at two publicly traded energy companies, US Energy Systems, Inc. and Countryside Power Income Fund. He currently is a principal of Countryside Ventures LLC, an energy infrastructure development company, for which he also serves as a general counsel. Allen has sat on several for profit and non-profit boards, including Greenhope Services For Women, a non-profit which provides re-entry and alternative to incarceration services (ATI) for women. He currently serves on the board of Avenues For Justice, a New York based non-profit that operates an ATI program for young people ages 17-21 and currently helps approximately 650 clients/yr. From his years as a corporate lawyer, general counsel and board member, Allen brings considerable experience and knowledge respecting sound governance practices to LSJA. He also brings a long-standing interest in criminal justice reform which he got from his mother Flora who worked on juvenile justice issues including serving on Commissions on Juvenile Justice convened by President Gerald Ford and Mayor Ed Koch. Allen and his wife Carolyn split their time between Brooklyn and Austin. Their daughter Sophia works as a professional model in New York City.
Phillip J. Yates is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. He is currently working at the Nelson M. Jones Law Firm where he focuses on criminal, commercial and civil litigation issues. Prior to attending law school at Texas Southern University – Thurgood Marshall School of Law, he received both his bachelor and master's degree in business administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. Phillip is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., PHA Masonic Lodge True Square #108, and a former NCAA Division-I basketball player. He's also an alum of Leadership Houston - Class XXXIII, volunteers with the Alief I.S.D. Leadership Advisory Council, mentors at Chinquapin Preparatory, and serves on the Stephen F. Austin State University General Business Advisory Board. In 2017, Phillip was named a Rising Star by the League of Women Voters in the Houston Area. Phillip is currently a consultant at the Houston Area Urban League, where he is credited with implementing the economic development and entrepreneurship program, Small Business Development University. Since 2011, this entrepreneurial program has helped over several thousand minority entrepreneurs start businesses, create jobs, grow and scale their businesses. Phillip has working experience that includes being a professional in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as an entrepreneur. In 2015, Phillip participated in Commissioner Ellis’s Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP) during the 84th Texas Legislature, where he served as a policy advisor for Speaker Joe Straus in the Texas House of Representatives. Phillip now has the pleasure of conducting policy advocacy work at the Houston Area Urban League, a local nonprofit organization in the Greater Houston Area. Phillip takes pride in his commitment to serve others and advocate for those without a voice in his community. As a Board of Director for the Loan Star Justice Alliance, Phillip looks forward to the opportunity to work with leadership and community stakeholders in tackling criminal justice issues and overhauling the legal justice system in the State of Texas.