Board of Directors

Jolt Initiative’s board of directors donates their time and talent to ensure strong governance and oversight of the organization. Their expertise in advocating for equity and social justice guides our mission and propels our organization forward.

Anthony Elmo


Anthony Elmo is the Director of Political Organizing at Texas AFT. He is a communications and political professional with fifteen years of experience in managing advocacy and political projects, writing extensively, and problem-solving at a large scale. His future goal is real estate investment and development.

Daniela Rubio

Board Vice Chair

Daniela grew up in Venezuela where she spent most of her childhood. She moved to Athens, Georgia as a teenager with her family looking for a better future. While attending the University of Georgia for undergrad,  she tutored elementary students and taught English to families to help them learn the language, just like many teachers had helped her in high school. After college graduation, Daniela started her career in education with Teach For America in Atlanta. After teaching in Atlanta, Daniela moved to Texas with her husband, where she worked as a teacher, Assistant Principal, and School Principal for 15 years. She currently  works at Austin Achieve Public Schools where she serves  the school community Chief Community Officer. Daniela is passionate about supporting young people, especially young Latinas and uses some of her time to mentor, hoping to help them find their leadership voice and continue to pay it forward. 

Her experience as an immigrant, an English Language Learner, and a teacher taught her about the many inequities in our country. Because of these experiences, she has dedicated her life to overcoming educational inequity and works each day to provide opportunities and access for all children and families she encounters. Daniela is passionate about supporting young people, especially young Latinas and uses some of her time to mentor, hoping to help them find their leadership voice and continue to pay it forward. 

Daniela lives in East Austin with her husband Cris and their children, Inés and Manuel.

Baron Mora Alcazar

Board Treasurer

As an LGBT immigrant who has lived in Texas for more than 20 years, Baron Mora Alcazar is motivated to use the professional abilities he has developed to uphold everyone’s safety and dignity. Baron is currently the Finance and Operations Manager at MOVE Texas. Before joining MOVE Texas, Baron worked as a Field Manager for Beto O’Rourke’s senate campaign, where he built and organized a team that was responsible for 80% of all voter outreach in Nueces County. Baron shown a talent for solving challenges with creative pragmatism while working at TD Ameritrade, where he was recognized for evaluating and optimizing sales operations. In 2018, Baron earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and CFP from the University of North Texas. In his spare time, Baron enjoys piloting aircraft, hanging out with his bunch of pups, community activism, traveling and has been known to produce and perform in independent films.

Stacie Sanchez

Board Secretary

Stacie Sanchez Hare is the Director of No Kid Hungry Texas where she leads a campaign to end child hunger in Texas. She joins us after working at City Year San Antonio as the Managing Director of Impact, overseeing partnerships with schools and community organizations. Before returning to Texas in 2017, she lived in New York City for 15 years where she worked in city government and nonprofit roles related to youth development, community engagement, and social justice issues.  Stacie serves on the Jolt Texas Initiative Board, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young Latinos in civic engagement and is a member of the 2023 Leadership Women Texas cohort, the longest running program to develop women leaders in the United States. Stacie earned a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from St. Edward’s University. Stacie is based in San Antonio where she was born and raised.

Ana Cortez

Board Member

Ana Cortez, Board Secretary for the Manor ISD Board of Trustees is a community champion and connector who has created life-impacting opportunities and educational access for Manor’s diverse community. Her commitment to finding solutions to academic and workforce challenges has afforded her a long, solid record of leadership and policymaking in public education that extends beyond Manor ISD. Throughout her professional career and her numerous years in public service, Ana has displayed her dedication to the strengthening of public education and the educational attainment of all Texas students, with the Manor ISD community at the forefront of her efforts. 

Ana was inspired by her children and the counsel of her best mentor, her father, to diligently work toward a brighter, more fulfilling future. As a former migrant farm worker, Ana understands the importance of hard work and the need for a proper education, both of which inspired her to attend Indiana University as a single mother. Ana leads in helping local and state leaders execute proper public education policy and governance by collaborating with other Texas school district trustees in finding solutions to today’s public school issues. Ana and her husband are the proud parents of 4 children and reside in Manor, Texas.


Alexis Adauto Ferguson

Board Member

Alexis Adauto Ferguson hails from El Paso, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso, where she graduated in 1995 with a BBA in Marketing. While in college, she began her career in advertising. In 1995, she moved to Austin and continued her 2+ decade advertising career. She was the first female Latina and youngest person to serve as president of the Austin Ad Fed at the age of 28. Alexis has been sought after and  recognized for her diversity work by American Advertising Federation’s District 10.

At the age of 42, she left the fast-paced world of advertising to reinvent herself and define her true purpose. For the last 11 years she’s put her passion of empowering women to be their best selves through her various endeavors, volunteering and serving on the boards for Con Mi Madre and Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (Austin and State level) and mentoring those who seek her out. She was a finalist in the 2017 and 2019 Austin Under 40’s Mentor of the Year category.

Alexis and her husband of 19 years raise their two teenage sons in the northern parts of town – also known as Cedar Park.

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