Every Texan


2021 Texas Legacy Award

In-person cocktail reception: November 16, 2021 at 5:00 PM CT at the South Congress Hotel

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State Representatives Jasmine Crockett and James Talarico will join Every Texan’s CEO, Marisa Bono, for a robust conversation on the public policies that will most improve the lives of everyday Texans. Unfortunately, the 87th legislature did not prioritize people in their policy-making – affordable health care access, voter rights, well-funded public and higher education, dignified jobs, and the right to local control are just some of the issues Texans most want our state government to prioritize. Join us for a people-centered discussion on the critical policies Texas must adopt in order to ensure a state where every Texan can thrive.

Celebrating our Future of Texas Awardees

Every Texan’s Future of Texas Award honors extraordinary leaders 40 and under with expansive vision, a drive for inclusivity, and a remarkable commitment to systemic change for Texans of all backgrounds.

Andrea Segovia (she/her)  is a 4th generation Texan. She is a proud Bisexual Latine, disabled cis woman who has been fighting for Texas to be representative of its people since she understood what equity could look like. Andrea has worked on countless candidate and issue campaigns throughout Texas. She now is the Executive Director for Gender Infinity, an organization committed to creating affirming spaces for all transgender youth, as well as the Field/Policy Coordinator at the Transgender Education Network of Texas, the largest trans-led, trans-focused policy organization in Texas. Every Texan is proud to honor Andrea for her commitment to building a just and equitable Texas by ensuring trans Texans are able to safely exist and thrive in our state.

Charlie Bonner (he/him) is a youth voting rights advocate and communications professional working to engage a new generation of civic leaders. Currently, Charlie runs state-wide communications and outreach at MOVE Texas, a non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to empowering young people in civic life and tearing down barriers to the ballot box. Charlie frequently appears as a spokesperson for the voting rights movement and as a southern political commentator, recent features include The Texas Tribune, New York Times, National Geographic, CNN, and MSNBC. Every Texan is proud to honor Charlie for his commitment to building a just and equitable Texas by strengthening voting access for young Texans.

Marisa Bono - Every Texan Executive Director

Meet Marisa November 16!

Join us and meet our new CEO Marisa Bono on November 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. CT, at the South Congress Hotel for a cocktail reception and special guest panel!

Thank you, Sponsors!
Event sponsors will receive access to the in-person cocktail reception on November 16. Event sponsors also receive wide digital promotion during both events. Thank you for helping us build a just and equitable Texas with your 2021 Legacy sponsorship!

Honoring Darren Walker

Every Texan is proud to honor Darren Walker with the 2021 Every Texan Legacy Award for his steadfast commitment to social justice and advancing equity.

Walker has taken exemplary steps to strengthen the philanthropic sector’s response to rising inequality and systemic injustice in Texas, the United States, and worldwide. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ford Foundation took a historic and unprecedented step to increase philanthropic giving through the sale of social bonds, which served to stabilize and strengthen nonprofit organizations in the wake of the global crisis.

“Darren and the Ford Foundation are instrumental partners in advancing opportunity and equity in Texas,” commended Marisa Bono, CEO for Every Texan. “We are grateful for Darren’s bold vision in reimagining the philanthropic sector and setting a new bar for foundations’ capacity to create lasting, systemic change in our communities.”

Our Legacy Award virtual ceremony was held on September 20, 2021. Watch here!

2021 Legacy Honoree Darren Walker

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