Founder & Executive Director, United
Former Goldman Sachs professional
Abby has been dedicated to the non-profit community for over fifteen years, both as a professional and volunteer. Abby served as Vice President and Director of Charitable Services for Goldman, Sachs & Co. where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s annual giving efforts totaling $25 million worldwide. After leaving the firm in 2000, she worked as a community development consultant to bridge her for-profit experience with the needs in the non-profit sector. Abby currently serves as Executive Director of United, an action network of 24 public elementary schools and 14 private institutions coming together to address the inequities that exist in the educational system by uniting the North Dallas community to create meaningful opportunities for all students to learn and lead.
Among her community activities, Abby and her husband helped found the Uplift Williams Preparatory School, a K-12 free tuition public charter school operated by Uplift Education that educates 1,200 primarily low-income children in northwest Dallas. Abby remains actively involved with the school by serving on the Uplift Education Board of Trustees. Recently, she participated in the Fellows Program of Leadership ISD, and served on their Board of Directors. Abby also serves on the Board of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Along with her husband, Todd, she is a lead sponsor of the Commit! Partnership.
Her past board leadership experience includes serving as co-chair of the Teach For America DFW Regional Board and President to the North Dallas High School Community Board in addition to serving on the board of Dallas CASA. She also served on the Advisory Council for the Austin College GO! Forum, which honors international servant leaders and brings these same leaders to the Dallas area as part of a public lecture series and was a volunteer supporting the Foundation for the Education of Young Women. In her role as an Executive Committee member and Trustee of the Dallas Women’s Foundation (“DWF”) she also chaired the DWF’s 25th Anniversary Celebration raising over $1.25 million for the local community. She has also been a member of the Junior League of Dallas, Dallas Social Venture Partners and The Real Estate Council of Dallas.
Abby graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University, earning a BBA in Finance and BS in Economics. After graduation, Abby accepted a position with Goldman, Sachs & Co. working within the investment and merchant banking divisions for six years before moving into the corporate community involvement area of the firm.
Abby resides in Dallas with her husband Todd and their two youngest sons.