Apra Greater Houston


2020 Board of Directors


  Brittani Williams, President

Manager, Development Research and Operations, Houston Zoo

Brittani Williams is currently the manager of development research and operations at the Houston Zoo.  Over the past 15 years, she has held various fundraising roles for the University of Houston, ACLU of Texas and numerous local, state and national political campaigns.  She graduated from the University of Houston in 2006 with a B.S. in both Political Science and Psychology and in 2018 with a MBA with specializations in Global Management and Business Modeling and Decision Making. She also serves on the Nominations Committee with Apra International and the AASP best practices in Prospect Development committee.  She has served on the Apra Greater Houston Board since 2016. 

  Amanda Whiteside, Treasurer

Development Research Officer, Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Amanda Whiteside is currently the Development Research Officer at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  Previously she was the Prospect Researcher at Holocaust Museum Houston where she had been an intern during college.  In her current role, she is responsible for identifying prospects, compiling research on prospects, and integrating data analytics into the prospecting process. She graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Anthropology and History.  Amanda is currently working on a graduate-level certificate program in Applied Statistics from A&M University. 

  Ashley Estes, Secretary

Prospect Development Manager, Houston Food Bank

Ashley Estes currently serves as the Prospect Development Manager at the Houston Food Bank. She has 11 years of fundraising experience in the Houston non-profit community. She began her development career at the Houston Food Bank in 2008 as the organization’s first ever Manager of Corporate Partnerships. Here, she developed a strategic corporate partnership program and managed the Community Events Coordinator who was responsible for 8 major, annual events. In 2013, she moved to Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA) where she served as the Assistant Director of Resource Development, soliciting and managing private foundation and government grants. After a year and a half at LSLA, Ashley was recruited to South Texas College of Law Houston (STCLH) as the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations. In her four years at STCLH, she grew the grant program more than 350% and implemented a formalized corporate partnership program. In February 2019, Ashley returned to the Food Bank to work with the major gifts team as the Prospect Development Manager. In her current role, she works closely with the gift officers to manage their donor portfolios, conducts regular screenings to identify new prospects, provides in-depth prospect research, and compiles analytical reports to help guide the work of the major gifts team. Ashley is a native Houstonian. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Baylor University and a law degree from the University of Houston. She currently lives in the Near Northside with her husband, Andrew, and their dog, June.

  Natasha Jesudason, Marketing & Communications Director

Development Research Analyst, Houston Methodist Hospital

Natasha Jesudason is a Development Research Analyst at the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation, joining the organization in 2017. As a member of the prospect research and strategic analysis team, she is responsible for prospect management and strategic development related to research and database functions. Prior to Houston Methodist, she spent 10 years at Incarnate Word Academy, serving in a number of capacities including being an Education Edge super user (maintained the student information database and provided technical support to staff, parents, and students) and database liaison between the academic office and advancement office. Natasha is a graduate of Houston Baptist University and earned a BS degree (double majoring in Computer Information Systems Management and English) and an MLA degree.

Brian Lacy, At Large

President, Brian Lacy & Associates

Brian Lacy has provided fundraising expertise for more than 30 years, with emphasis on annual giving and data services.  Hailing from Texas, he is invited to speak and counsel across the country and internationally about effective and efficient data-driven fundraising systems. He is somewhat unique in believing that solicitations are one of the very best ways to continuously engage constituents.  Brian’s work is highly regarded by colleagues and customers, providing measurable impact that wins the favor of 60 public and 85 private colleges and universities and innumerable other nonprofits that he has advanced. As president of Brian Lacy and Associates, he brings frontline experience and technical knowledge to solutions including data-mining research, modeling, matching gift services, and annual giving program consultation. His fundraising efforts have been awarded recognition by the Council in Support of Education and several regional organizations.  Brian is proudest of his ability to make almost all annual giving programs stronger. 

Edit photo  Victoria Walsh, At Large

Prospect Research Analyst, Memorial Hermann Foundation

Victoria Walsh has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit development as a writer, annual fund officer, volunteer coordinator and prospect researcher. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann Foundation, she spent seven years at St. Luke's Foundation. Originally from New England, Victoria holds a master's degree in library science from Simmons University in Boston, where she worked for ten years before relocating to Houston. 


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