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Meet Lexi. 

ACF Staff - Lexi BrunerIt’s been almost a year since Lexi joined Austin Community Foundation. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, she began working at the Foundation as an Office Assistant. She excelled in her role and in less than nine months on the job she was promoted to Donor Relations Coordinator. Lexi now oversees the administration of ACF’s scholarship program and works with other staff members on product optimization.

As if that weren’t enough, Lexi continues to contribute to the team by using her past experiences and knowledge around identity to foster internal conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion. Most notably, she led staff through an exercise using the Social Identity Wheel, which we highly recommend for other teams doing work in this space.

Her professional accomplishments aside, we continue to be in awe of Lexi. Her passions and stories outside of work range from studying abroad in Mexico City to playing the trumpet in her spare time.

Q&A 

  • As a native Austinite, what do you love most about the city?
    “My favorite thing about Austin is its spirit. Different groups in the city keep finding new ways to surprise me, creating ideas and hosting events in the quirky/rebellious/niche way that I love.”

 

  • How has Austin changed since growing up here and how do you stay connected to the community?
    “Austin has definitely grown so much since growing up here, and even more so for my parents (who are also native Austinites)!  With that growth in population has come a growth in ideas that is interesting to see in your hometown.  I try to stay connected by pushing myself to try new things in the city and following people that I consider to be changemakers.”

 

  • We know you’re a reader. What books should be on our list for 2020?
    “Lately, I’ve gotten into poetry that tackles societal issues and really makes you think. Top on my list would have to be The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace (first in an amazing trilogy), and Felon: Poems by Reginald Dwayne Betts. But I have a weak spot for psychological thrillers, so Killing Eve by Luke Jennings has to be on there as well!”

 

  • How did you get started playing for Austin Women’s Kickball?
    “My parents signed me up for Little Miss Kickball when I was 4, and I’ve stuck with it ever since. That became a second home for me, and it was great to see the community they were able to provide for young women in Austin. So as soon as I graduated high school, I naturally transitioned to Austin Women’s Kickball. As nerdy as it sounds, I now play on the same team with my mom and my sister, along with some other inspiring women.”

 

  • Describe yourself using only one emoji: 💁🏾‍♀️