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DALLAS – July 14, 2015 Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) has named Catherine Cuellar the Director of Entrepreneurs For North Texas.

Established in 2000 as a program of CFT, Entrepreneurs For North Texas (EFNT) helps North Texas businesses give back to the communities in which they live and work. The program includes more than 100 Member Companies ranging from small and mid-size businesses to private equity investors, venture capitalists and a wide range of professional service providers.

Cuellar currently serves as Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District, and she begins as Director of EFNT on July 20, 2015.

“Catherine can capitalize on having deep roots in Dallas.  Her unique energy and passion for making North Texas stronger, plus her ability to connect with business leaders, will propel EFNT’s impact further through its member companies and the communities we serve,” said Brent Christopher, president and CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas.

Cuellar, a graduate of Rhodes College, was among the DBJ’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, a 2011-2012 White House Fellows Regional Finalist, and was named one of Five Outstanding Young Dallasites by the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2007. She began her career with the Dallas Morning News in 1995, and in 1998 was founding editor of

Following a stint with KCRW in Santa Monica, Cuellar returned to her Dallas roots, working as a reporter for KERA.  In 2006 she was founding board president of La Reunion TX, then served as managing editor of Pegasus News. Cuellar then joined Oncor as communication manager in 2008.  As Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District, she provided vision, advocacy and leadership for the urban center of Dallas’ cultural life.  Her many accomplishments as Executive Director included co-producing Aurora, co-founding the Global Cultural Districts Network and hosting New Cities Summit 2014.

Cuellar is currently on the board of the Texas Lyceum & DFW Hispanic 100 and a member of the Dallas Summit and Dallas Assembly.

“With a nearly 20-year career as a nonprofit leader and an entrepreneur, Catherine brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Entrepreneurs For North Texas. I’m confident she’ll help lead EFNT into an exciting period of new growth that will benefit the entire community,” said Patrick Brandt, Chairman of the EFNT Board of Advisors.

Cuellar will work closely with EFNT Program Director Sejal Desai, Marketing and Communications Associate Kimberly Bruce, and Project Coordinator Ann Marie Warrick.

“Entrepreneurship is driving the current economic boom in our region, which is why I am so excited to join Entrepreneurs For North Texas — helping North Texas companies give back to our community in ways that also enhance businesses,” Cuellar said.  “So many entrepreneurs want to develop a culture of good corporate citizenship, improving the lives of our neighbors across North Texas from around the world. EFNT is well-positioned to make that happen, and I am dedicated to helping member companies and building new alliances so we can strategically reach CFT’s very important goal of giving wisely.”

Entrepreneurs For North Texas makes it easy for companies to do good by providing its Member Companies with resources to develop a culture of corporate citizenship. EFNT assists Member Companies with developing a philanthropic strategy, with community engagement and also by offering a unique environment for good corporate citizens to network and learn.

EFNT’s signature events include Freedom Day, which honors lives lost and changed on September 11, 2001, with an inspirational and impactful day of community service, and Spirit of Entrepreneurship, which celebrates the dedication of good corporate citizens and the meaningful change they bring to society by honoring a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist from within the DFW community.  At this year’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship event, Garrett Boone joined the Ring of Entrepreneurs, a prestigious group of legendary business leaders including Trevor Rees-Jones, Ebby Halliday Acers, Ross Perot, Ray Hunt, Herb Kelleher, T. Boone Pickens, Jim Keyes, Bill Lively, Roger Staubach, Craig Hall, and Charles and Sam Wyly.

EFNT also sponsors the Good Corporate Citizenship Conference, the Plug ‘N Play series of volunteer projects, Practitioner Events, Practitioner Roundtables and Women Dinners for EFNT Women CEOs, and Quarterly Dinners.

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About Entrepreneurs For North Texas

 A program of Communities Foundation of Texas, Entrepreneurs For North Texas (EFNT) facilitates community involvement and philanthropy for small and mid-size companies who want to make a beneficial impact on their communities.  Operating as an outsourced community affairs department, EFNT provides its Member Companies with the resources to assist them in developing a company culture of good corporate citizenship.

About Communities Foundation of Texas

As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Communities Foundation of Texas works with families, companies and nonprofits to strengthen our community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking initiatives. CFT is committed to serving and understanding donor needs, expertly handling complex gifts, wisely managing charitable funds, and leveraging its community knowledge to increase charitable impact. The foundation professionally manages more than 900 charitable funds and has awarded more than $1.5 billion in grants since its founding in 1953.

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