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 next-level volunteerism, nonprofits and social entrepreneurship. She is also a marketing and communications consultant.

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 among others. More on Monica here. 

 

 

Courtney Clark
Courtney Clark

GivingCity’s correspondent for FOX7’s “Good Day, Austin,” Courtney Clark, is a motivational speaker and the author of “The Successful Struggle: Powerful Techniques to Achieve Accelerated Resilience” and “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. More on Courtney.

 

Vicky Pridgen
Vicky Pridgen

GivingCity Austin’s Events Reporter, Vicky Pridgen, is the Outreach Coordinator at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. As a mission-driven communications professional with eight years of experience, she helps to advance the initiatives of academic research centers and affiliated faculty at the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin.

Vicky currently serves as a board member for the Heart of Texas Peace Corps Association (HoTPCA), the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Austin (YNPN Austin), and she recently chaired the Leadership Service Committee of the Austin Young Chamber.

Originally from New Hampshire, Vicky received her bachelor’s degree from Rice University and is passionate about sustainability and social impact. She is a graduate of Leadership Austin, I Live Here I Give Here’s Board Internship Program, and Mission Capital’s Emerging Leadership Academy. More on Vicky.

 

Vicky Garza
Vicky Garza

Contributing Editor Vicky Garza is currently the development and marketing associate for Latinitas. A native Austinite, 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. More on Vicky.

 

cindy widner
Cindy Widner

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