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Philanthropy Advocates' staff is a team of experts in philanthropy, nonprofits and government. Our staff is committed to protecting, promoting and improving public and higher education in Texas through effective public policy and advocacy. 

Becky Calahan

Becky Calahan

Deputy Director


Becky is the Deputy Director of Educate Texas’ Philanthropy Advocates, a collaboration of private, corporate and community foundations across the state working to promote, protect and improve Texas public and higher education through advocacy and public policy.
Through this role, she provides leadership and project management for Philanthropy Advocates and executes a strategic plan. She builds and maintains relationships with Texas policymakers and philanthropic and nonprofit partners and manages a grants portfolio of nonprofit partners working with Philanthropy Advocates to execute policy projects.

Becky has experience in both the nonprofit and policy fields. She started her career as a graduate assistant at the Greater Texas Foundation, then worked in the Texas Legislature for a member of the Texas House Committee on Public Education and the Texas House Committee on Appropriations, Article III Subcommittee.

Becky holds a bachelor's degree in French and international studies from the University of Evansville in Indiana and a master’s degree in public service and administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Becky grew up in a military family, attending several states’ public schools as her family frequently moved around the country. Her childhood educational experiences, coupled with her time as a volunteer English teacher in Paris during a university study abroad, led Becky to her passion for education issues. She believes that quality education for all children is foundational to a prosperous and peaceful society.

Deandra Porter

Deandra Porter

Deandra Porter is the Associate for Philanthropy Advocates. Deandra has six years of experience in the Texas Capitol, previously working for a state senator with prior experience in the Texas House of Representatives. She has expertise in policy analysis and policy communication. Within Philanthropy Advocates, Deandra specifically serves an integral role in supporting our members and partners in achieving policy initiatives aligned with our priorities.

Deandra earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and her master’s degree in Organizational Development from Abilene Christian University. Deandra is originally from Lubbock. 

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