Carmel Borders is president of the Tapestry Foundation, whose primary focus is early childhood education and social emotional learning. She is past chair and board member of the National Institute for Literacy. Carmel has also served on the boards of Texas State Board for Educator Certification and the Texas Book Festival. She currently serves on the National Jump Start Board, Austin Community Foundation, Westcave Preserve, and the Advisory Council for Success by Six of Central Texas. She is a member of the University of Michigan President's Advisory Group and the Chancellor's Board for the University of Texas Systems. An educator for 20 years, she has seen the benefits of early education and social emotional learning. Carmel has served on the Austin Community Foundation Board of Governors since 2012.