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Executive Director


Peggy Hanley grew up in Waco, Texas, coming to Austin in 1999 to attend the University of Texas, graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism. With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit industry, Peggy most recently served as director of development for St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, focused on cultivating major gifts and planning for a multi-year capital campaign. She has also worked with St. Francis School, United Way Capital Area, and Cathedral School of St. Mary. Peggy earned her Master of Art degree in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2011. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a founding member of Advancing Austin.

Outside of work, Peggy enjoys spending her time with her large extended family and friends, mainly enjoying the incredible wine and food in Austin.

As the Executive Director, Peggy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, geared toward fulfilling the...


Senior Director of Events


Originally from Cherry Hill, NJ, Hillary Welde moved to San Francisco, CA, in 2001 to pursue a career in the arts and enjoy the celebrated food and wine of the region. As the gallery director for Kathleen Avery Fine Art, she participated in art fairs in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York and traveled internationally to expand the gallery’s collections. In 2007, Hillary moved on to the Academy of Art University as the director of the University’s three galleries and coordinator of two annual fine art fundraising auctions.

After several visits to Austin, Hillary and her husband fell in love with the energy of the city and the beauty of Hill Country. In 2011, they made the move to Austin to take advantage of new opportunities and raise their family.

As the Senior Director of Events, Hillary is responsible for organizing and executing all of the Foundation’s premier events.


Membership & Events Coordinator


After studying sociology, writing and photography at Sarah Lawrence College, Veronica moved to Austin and began working in the non-profit world. While managing events for a children's home, she began freelancing on the side as a creative outlet before deciding to dive into full-time food, beverage and travel writing. She was the Austin editor for Zagat for three years and since 2005 she has written for publications like Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Forbes Travel Guide, Tasting Table, PUNCH, Texas Monthly, The Austin Chronicle and more. Though she just can't quit the freelance life, she is also happy to be working back in the non-profit world in a way that benefits Austin's food and wine community. She also sits on the board of Slow Food Austin and managed content for the inaugural Wonder Women of Wine conference. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter @wellfedlife and visit www.veronicameewes.com