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Alumni Panel Event
Friday Sept. 24, 2021, 2021
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service invites you to join us for a virtual panel event featuring three alumni of our Nonprofit Studies portfolio program. The event will begin with a moderated discussion led by LBJ School student Allison Hooks, followed by a Q&A portion. This event is open to all students and will be hosted on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite to receive Zoom access information. 



Akram Al-Turk (MGPS), Director of Research and Evaluation at Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) -- Akram Al-Turk has been the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO) since September 2020. Prior to his time at ECHO, he received his PhD in Sociology from UNC-Chapel Hill. He previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution and as a Program Officer at the International Budget Partnership, previously part of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He received his Master’s in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and is happy, after an 11 year hiatus, to be back in Austin.

Renee G. Gadsden (MPAff), Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Walgreens Boots Alliance -- Renee Gadsden is an interdisciplinary diversity, equity, and inclusion professional with over a decade of experience supporting the social and economic mobility of traditionally underserved demographics. Renee approaches her work with a critical race-theory lens and achieves success by applying skills from sociology, data science, public policy, community engagement and partnership development, business management, and nonprofit management. She is originally from Fitchburg, MA and is the first in her family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and first to graduate with a master’s. Renee joined the Walgreens Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy team shortly after graduating with a Master’s in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in May 2019. She is an Education Pioneer Fellowship alum and conducted research to help a nonprofit in Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Scholars, identify ways to best support the professional development of its young professionals of color. Prior to graduate school, Renee pursued a career in higher education administration specializing in multicultural student recruitment and retention. She is a member emeritus and the former vice president of the Northeast Consortium Bridging Access to College. In her current role at Walgreens, Renee manages the company’s DE&I external partnerships and sponsorships strategy, external recognition surveys completion process, and serves as an internal diversity business partner for talent acquisition, talent management and development, and pharmacy and retail operations. She currently lives in the greater Chicago area.

Noelita Lugo (MSSW), Management Consultant at Public Knowledge -- Noelita is a public policy, business process redesign, procurement monitoring and professional development expert committed to the principles of servant leadership and social justice. She possesses extensive experience in family-centered child support programs, including child support-led employment programs. Noelita develops and leads workshops on customer service, team leadership, employee engagement and team morale, leadership development, leadership coaching, initiative and accountability, and process improvement. In 2020, she was elected to serve as an at-large school board trustees for the Austin Independent School District. As a trustee, she works with her board colleagues to set the vision for public education in Austin, monitor and hold the superintendent accountable for district performance and engage with the community on matters of local board governance. 


The Nonprofit Studies portfolio program is open to all graduate students on the UT Austin campus. For any questions about this event, please contact