Campaign
Volunteer Leaders

What Starts Here starts with you

The University of Texas at Austin is preparing to launch the What Starts Here campaign — the most ambitious fundraising effort in our history. Committed volunteer leaders set an example for Longhorn Nation through their leadership, passion and personal investments, and will ensure transformative impact on our students, faculty and ability to change the world.

Our campaign volunteer leaders’ generosity, leadership and vision for UT make them some of the university’s most valued partners.

Corporate Champions Council

Members of the Corporate Champions Council represent some of UT’s most philanthropic partners. They advise university leaders, build enterprise-level connections and accelerate the impact of the What Starts Here campaign through corporate partnership.

Tamara Fields

Tamara Fields

Austin Office Managing Director & South Market Unit Director of Operations

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Caroline Joiner

Caroline Joiner

Senior Manager, Public Policy

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Eric Van Hensbergen

Eric Van Hensbergen

Fellow

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Adrianna Bernal

Adrianna Bernal

Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs

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Jaime Garza

Jaime Garza

Vice President, Monomers North America

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Eric Sirgo

Eric Sirgo

Vice President - Facilities, Design and Solutions

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Eric R. Davis

Eric R. Davis

Global Completions Chief

ConocoPhillips

The University of Texas sits like a star in the middle of Austin and in the state of Texas. We are honored that UT is part of our origin story and we are humbled and grateful to be able to work in partnership to impact the lives that will change the world."

Chris Turnley

Executive Vice President, University Federal Credit Union

Karen Plotkin

Karen Plotkin

Senior Vice President, America’s Client Solutions, Sales

Dell Technologies
Nina Golder

Nina Golder

Vice President, Global Lifecycle Services

Emerson Electric Company
Nick Clausi

Nick Clausi

Vice President of Research

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Katharine McAden

Katharine McAden

Head of Public Policy and External Affairs, South

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"The University of Texas at Austin is a powerhouse of innovation, at the forefront of cutting-edge research that will solve today’s most pressing challenges. This prowess is thanks to the exceptional skills and dedication of UT’s students and faculty, and Microsoft is honored to join in the mission to change the world for the better."

Conor Cunningham

Partner Software Manager/Architect and Austin Engineering Site Lead, Microsoft Corporation

Winell Herron

Winell Herron

Group Vice President - Public Affairs, Environmental Affairs and Diversity & Inclusion

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Melissa Evers

Melissa Evers

Vice President, Software and Advanced Technology Group

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Our partnership with UT is invaluable. The University Co-op was founded more than 125 years ago to provide UT students with course materials and that continues today. Together, we’ve been able to maximize our impact on students through scholarship and engagement. Together, we empower students to change the world."

Cheryl Phifer

President and CEO, University Co-op

Cheryl Mills-Knight

Cheryl Mills-Knight

Vice President of Brand and Culture

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Conor Cunningham

Conor Cunningham

Partner Software Engineering Manager/Architect and Austin Engineering Site Lead

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 Shahid A. Haq

Shahid A. Haq

Reservoir Domain Head, Discipline Career Leader and Engineering Advisor

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Tony Almeida

Tony Almeida

Vice President and General Manger, Lubricants – Latin America

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"UT understands partnership and how to cultivate high-performing students who will do well in any corporate setting. I believe UT has the right mix of research, innovation and education needed for today’s ever-changing environment."

Tamara Fields

Austin Office Managing Director & South Market Unit Director of Operations, Accenture

Claire Harrison

Claire Harrison

Austin Market President

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Cheryl Phifer

Cheryl Phifer

President and CEO

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Chris Turnley

Chris Turnley

Executive Vice President, Member Experience

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Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

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Milam Newby

Milam Newby

Partner, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital

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