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Patsy Woods Martin To Serve As Interim Annie's List Executive Director

by: Katherine Haenschen

Sat Jun 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

After the sudden, tragic loss of Grace Garcia last month, Annie's List announced that well-known philanthropist Patsy Woods Martin will be stepping up to serve as interim executive director.

Martin was slated to be the incoming chair of the board and will instead take on this important role. As current Board Chair Amber Anderson Mostyn wrote in an email to the Annie's List list, "She has the vision and management skills needed to drive our important work forward on behalf of all Texans."

As founder of "I Live Here, I Give Here," Martin -- who also previously served as vice president of resource development for the United Way Capital Area -- has engaged individual philanthropists, nonprofit organizations, family foundations, local businesses and religious leaders in raising awareness of the needs in Central Texas and the role all Austinites can play in creating solutions to those needs.

Learn more about Patsy Woods Martin and read the full announcement from Annie's List below the jump.

Patsy Woods Martin brings a tremendous social network with her on her first day at Annie's List, as she is very active in a number of organizations that do tremendous work in the community. She currently serves on a number of boards, including the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Junior League of Austin, Leadership Austin, and is a founding member of Impact Austin and UWCA's Women's Leadership Council. Martin was slated as the incoming board chair for Annie's List, but resigned the board to take the position of interim executive director, in accordance with the group's by-laws.

Here's the full release from Annie's List.

Annie's List Announces Interim Executive Director

AUSTIN, Texas - Amber Anderson Mostyn, chair of Annie's List, released the following statement today following the tragic death of the group's executive director, Grace Garcia, earlier this week in a fatal car accident in Waxahachie.

"We continue to grieve the passing of Grace Garcia and send our most sincere condolences to her family. A private funeral service will be held this weekend in her hometown of San Antonio. Plans are also underway for two larger memorial services to honor Grace later this month, one in Austin and another in Washington, D.C.

Piper Nelson, deputy director of Annie's List who was in the car with Grace at the time of the accident, is expected to be released from the hospital over the weekend and to return to Austin next week. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as she continues to recover.

Though we are heavy hearted, we know how vital it is for the critically important work of Annie's List to continue as we transition to the next chapter for the organization.

To that end, I am pleased to announce that Patsy Woods Martin has been appointed by the board of directors to serve as interim executive director of Annie's List, effective immediately.

Patsy has the vision and management skills needed to oversee the continuation of our important work on behalf of all Texans. In conjunction with the board of directors, she will also help direct the search for a new executive director who will provide long-term leadership for Annie's List."

We at BOR are so glad Martin is willing to step up and serve the organization in this capacity at this difficult time.

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