Curtis W. Meadows, Jr., J.D.


Curtis W. Meadows, Jr. retired as Founding Executive Director of the RGK Center in January 2005. Meadows' long career in the independent sector includes 18 years of service as President, CEO, and Director of the Meadows Foundation of Texas. During that time, the Foundation distributed more than $270 million in gifts and grants to assist the work of charitable organizations throughout Texas. The Meadows Foundation was selected as the Outstanding Foundation in the US by the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives in 1996 and Curtis Meadows was selected as the Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year for 1997 by the national Council on Foundations. Meadows holds B.B.A. and J.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and has received Honorary Degrees from SMU and Austin College. He was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the University of Texas at Austin and  chosen as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Meadows has also held leadership positions with more than 60 charitable and community organizations, including service as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Council on Foundations; President and Chairman of the Board of the Conference of Southwest Foundations; Founding President and Director of The Center for Nonprofit Management; President and Director of the Center for Housing Resources; Founding Board member and Chairman of the National Center for Family Philanthropy; Trustee of Austin College, Texas Presbyterian Foundation, Mike A. Myers Foundation, Dallas Bar Foundation, Kenedy Memorial Foundation and Fourth Partner Foundation; Advisory Boards of the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Enterprise Foundation, and the Suicide and Crisis Center; the Academic Affairs Committees of SMU and Austin College; the Building Committees for the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of African-American Life and Culture and served on the Dallas Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness.