Contributors

Monica Williams
Monica Maldonado Williams, Photo by Faustinus Deraet

Monica Maldonado Williams is the founder and editor of GivingCity Austin. Monica has more than 20 years of experience in communications, marketing, journalism and new media. She is a frequent speaker on new media, nonprofits and entrepreneurship.

Monica has been recognized for her work with GivingCity with a 2015 Women Communicators of Austin Anne Durrum Robinson Creative Initiative Award, a 2011 SXSW Dewey Winburne Community Service Award and the 2011 Austin American Statesman Social Media Award. She is a graduate of Leadership Austin. Read more about recent press and awards for GivingCity Austin.

In communications and marketing, Monica has worked with UFCU, the Office of Mayor Steve Adler, the Austin Lyric Opera, the Austin Community Foundation and the Austin Bar Association.

 

 

Courtney Clark
Courtney Clark

GivingCity’s correspondent for FOX7’s “Good Day, Austin,” Courtney Clark is the author of “The Giving Prescription: A Personal Plan for Healing through Helping.” At age 26, Courtney beat melanoma.  But five years post-cancer, routine follow-up scans detected something in her brain.  At the same time Courtney was dealing with her health crises, she founded the nonprofit Austin Involved as a way to connect young professionals to meaningful philanthropic opportunities.

For her work in the community, Courtney has been honored with the Leadership Austin Ascendant Award, and was also recognized by Austin Monthly magazine as one of “20 in their 30s” and by GivingCity Austin magazine as one of the “New Philanthropists.”  Courtney received her master’s degree in philanthropy from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and has begun working toward her doctoral degree.

 

Vicky Garza
Vicky Garza

Contributing Editor Vicky Garza is a native Austinite who sincerely cares about her city. Vicky has more than 10 years of writing and editing experience, and she prefers to use her pen for the power of good. Vicky has contributed to a number of local publications including her work as a staff writer for the Austin Business Journal.

Throughout her journalism career, she has covered health care, entrepreneurs, the arts, local government, and events, including Formula 1, South By Southwest, and the ACL Festival. In a marketing and public relations capacity, Vicky has written and edited content and helped produce events for clients ranging from nonprofit and advocacy organizations, such as the anti-tobacco Truth campaign, to Fortune 500 companies and local governments. Additionally, she worked at Freescale Semiconductor for three years writing and editing technical documentation while earning an master’s degree in international business from St. Edward’s University in Austin, which allowed her to travel to Belize, Germany, Ireland, and the Czech Republic on consultancy projects. She is a graduate of Leadership Austin and the City of Austin’s CityWorks Academy.

 

cindy widner
Cindy Widner

Contributing Editor Cindy Widner is an Austin-based freelancer writer. She is the former editor-in-chief of CultureMap Austin and managing editor of Austin Chronicle.

 

 

 

 

 

Justin Minsker
Justin Minsker

Contributing Editor Justin Minsker is the Communications Manager at Skillpoint Alliance. There he is responsible for building their comprehensive communications strategies across all mediums, and works with program directors to build out dynamic outreach campaigns.

Prior to joining Skillpoint Alliance, Justin served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for ACE: A Community for Education at The University of Texas and more recently as an Account Manager at JHL Company.

Originally from Huntington, WV, Justin is a graduate of Marshall University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising. Outside of work, he is a huge fan of Texas history and loves to travel through Texas Hill Country on the weekends.

 

Courtney Horm
Courtney Horm

Contributing Editor Courtney Horm is the Major Gifts Manager at Any Baby Can Child and Family Resource Center. Prior to this position, she worked at the Capital Area Food Bank and before entering the non-profit sector, she spent several years working in Texas state government, most recently for a state-wide elected official.

A native Texan originally from Houston, she moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas and received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Business Foundations. With a passion for helping others, Courtney volunteered throughout college and after graduation at such organizations as the Texas Runaway Hotline, GearUp Austin, Meals on Wheels, and Austin Partners in Education.

Since 2012, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) as the Professional Development Chair. Additionally, Courtney is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is on the Philanthropy Day Committee. She is also a current participant of the City of Austin’s Cityworks Academy.