Executive Director

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ANJULIE PONCE

Anjulie began with Leadership Forward in 2016 as a mentor to a student at Adamson High School. Profoundly impacted by the experience, Anjulie signed on as Executive Director of the Organization in 2018. “Through Leadership Forward, I saw what a ripple effect mentoring can have on the community around us. We can come together to make a difference and learn from each other. That is what makes this program so powerful.”

 

Anjulie graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 2008 with her Bachelor of Science in Economics and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish. In 2011, she graduated cum laude from Baylor Law School. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Anjulie practiced as a trial attorney in Dallas, advocating for those without a voice or the means of pursuing justice.

 

Anjulie lives in Oak Cliff, Dallas with her wonderful husband JJ and their bright-eyed toddler Amaya.

 

Program Manager

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'ANA HALE

'Ana joined the Leadership Forward team in 2021 as Program Manager. Although born and raised in Houston, her family roots are in Detroit, MI. Her experiences in both cities have shaped her to be immensely proud of who she is and truly appreciate how people from diverse backgrounds and cultures add to her life and the community as a whole. 

 

'Ana graduated cum laude from Houston Baptist University, is working on her Masters of Social Work at the University of Texas-Arlington, and has worked in youth and family development since 2004. She believes that every student, family, and community already possesses the strengths and talents to be successful, and it is our role to come alongside our community to increase access to resources, obtain necessary information, and remove barriers. From both personal and professional experience, she knows mentorship is one of the most effective ways to help a student reach heights they may not have thought possible. 

 

'Ana and her husband live in Fort Worth and have a blended family of five kids. She loves football (go Texans!) and her 90s/00s R&B playlist.

 

Volunteers

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ANDREA ALVAREZ, Marketing & Event Support

 

Andrea was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. Living abroad in multiple different countries, as well as her strong sense of personal conviction, have given Andrea a broad perspective and deep compassion for others. Andrea is especially committed to working with youth, sharing her personal experiences to help open doors for our students.  She joined the Leadership Forward team in 2016 and volunteers her time as a program outreach coordinator.

 

Passionate about her profession, in constant search of growth, learning, and experiences, Andrea is a trilingual professional with a degree in Architecture from ITESO University, located in her hometown. She has been part of many distinguished architecture firms in Guadalajara and has worked on several independent projects. Her aspirations are divided between architecture, art, photography, and philosophy, which perfectly complement each other.

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MARGARET ZUNDEL, Next Gen Program Outreach

 

Margaret began as a Leadership Forward Mentor in 2017 with a high school senior from W.H. Adamson High School after moving to the Dallas area from New York City. In addition to continuing to mentor students through the Program, Margaret volunteers as a program outreach coordinator.

 

Margaret graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi (a.k.a. Ole Miss)  in 2000 with a Bachelors in Social Work. In 2001, she graduated cum laude from Columbia University with a Masters in Social Work. Margaret has always had a passion for working with adolescents: she has worked as a Social Work in the juvenile justice system and a high school in Alabama. Both of Margaret’s parents are educators and so she has always had a good appreciate for and strong passion to advocate for high learning.