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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. 

Jennifer Esterline

Jennifer Esterline



Jennifer is the founder and 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 executive 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.

Jennifer has been working in the nonprofit space for over 15 years, first as a program and development director for nonprofit and higher education institutions, and later as executive director for the KDK-Harman Foundation in Austin.

She also served as founder and principal of Esterline Consulting from 2013-2019, where she consulted with a number of philanthropic and nonprofit clients from across the state and nationally on issues of high-impact philanthropy, resource development, board development and management, strategic planning, collective impact, coalition building, and effective advocacy and public policy strategies. Through her consulting work, she helped the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute develop and implement a multiyear, multimillion-dollar resource development initiative across Texas.

A proud product of Texas public education, Jennifer grew up in Dallas and holds a bachlor's degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Becky Calahan

Becky Calahan


Becky works for the Philanthropy Advocates, a collaboration with Educate Texas, supporting the director in development, communications, event planning, policy and advocacy, and overall operations. 

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.

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