Business: Randi began her career at Procter & Gamble, and in 1999 launched an Internet company called Charitygift, raising venture capital and then when the bubble burst, bootstrapping it until she was able to sell it to a publicly traded company in 2005. The company was also awarded a patent for its unique method for generating new money for charity.

Government: After serving as Dallas fundraising coordinator for the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign for Ann Richards, Randi was appointed by Governor Richards in 1993 to launch AmeriCorps in Texas. Under Randi’s leadership Texas was awarded $55 million for community service initiatives statewide, which was more than any state in the nation. Randi put policy over politics and continued to serve in this role during the early years of Governor Bush’s administration. In 2001, Randi was appointed by Governor Perry to serve on the bi-partisan citizen board that oversees the Commission she founded eight years earlier.

Nonprofit: Randi served as the Executive Director of the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation and earlier in her career worked in executive roles for City Year and Teach for America, two leading national nonprofits. She has also served as a board member and been an active grassroots volunteer for countless organizations. Board memberships have included: Association of Women in Technology – Austin, Austin Clean Energy Initiative, Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation, Central Texas Better Business Bureau, Foundation for Women’s Resources Committee of the Board, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Austin, PeopleFund, Sigma Delta Tau Sorority’s Texas Education Foundation, TexChange, Texas Hillel Foundation, and the Volunteer Center (now Hands on Central Texas). Randi has raised and donated tens of thousands of dollars, and has recruited and managed thousands of volunteers to benefit our community, taking on responsibilities that range from organizing Days of Service or large fundraising events to doing the most menial tasks like printing the nametags or stuffing the envelopes.

Education: Randi graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts from the Plan II Honors Program. At UT Randi was elected student body president and was selected for membership to the Friar Society. A Life Member of the Texas Ex Students’ Association, Randi remains active in alumni activities and recently served on the Commission on 125. Randi earned a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1992. While at Harvard Randi received a Public Management Fellowship and took elective courses at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2004 Randi was awarded a German Marshall Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and in 2007 Randi graduated from the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellowship Program.

Awards and Recognition: Randi was recognized in 2000 by the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power, and she received the Austin Under 40 Community Service Award in 2003. 

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