Texas’ First Community Foundation Taps Experienced Dallas Leaders to Lead the Next Chapter
DALLAS – April 24, 2023 – The Dallas Foundation, the first community foundation in Texas, is proud to announce the appointment of the new Chair and Vice Chair of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors.The two leadership positions include long-serving volunteer and co-founder of The Addy Foundation, Lydia B. Addy, who will serve as The Dallas Foundation’s Board Chair, and civic leader and legal executive, Chris Luna who will serve as the new Vice Chair.
Addy has served on The Dallas Foundation’s board since 2016 and was integral to the selection and onboarding of the Foundation’s current President & CEO in 2018 and the subsequent strategic planning process. In her role as chair of the Development and Marketing Committee, Addy also led the creation and deployment of the Foundation’s reimagined brand, ensuring alignment with the Board’s vision for growing and sustaining the organization. Luna began his tenure as a board member in 2019 and serves as chair of the organization’s first stand-alone Audit and Risk Management Committee, leading the organization’s commitment to best practices within the nonprofit sector. Luna also brings his extensive expertise in legal, nonprofit and civic leadership to the Community Impact and Strategy and Governance Committees of the Board.
With over a decade of combined experience serving the organization, Addy and Luna will lead the 16 members of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors as the Foundation embarks on its upcoming strategic planning process this summer, building on the remarkable growth and impact resulting from the previous plan adopted in 2019.
“The Dallas Foundation is thrilled to have Lydia and Chris’ leadership as we look ahead to the organization’s long-term sustainability and lasting impact in Greater Dallas,” said Matthew Randazzo, President & CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “Each of them touts an impressive record of success when tackling issues facing Dallas and their elevated service to our board and mission will be invaluable as we strive to cultivate a community where everyone can meet their full potential.”
“It’s an honor to serve as Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Governors and to witness the generosity of the many donors who turn to The Dallas Foundation to support their philanthropic goals,” said Lydia Addy, Chair of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors. “I’m inspired by the Foundation’s enduring commitment to this community and its legacy of investing in solutions that make a difference in the lives of so many people.”
“Since joining The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors, I’ve watched the organization’s unwavering dedication to excellence in community philanthropy,” said Chris Luna, Vice Chair of The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors. “I’m excited to begin this next chapter of my service on the board and I look forward to continuing our work to position the Foundation for its next 100 years of making Dallas a brighter community for everyone who calls it home.”
Addy has focused her energies on improving educational opportunities and community revitalization in North Texas. She, along with her husband Bill, is the co-founder of The Addy Foundation and an active member of several other nonprofit boards where she has served in fundraising, development, strategic planning, educational access and affordability, branding and marketing, and executive searches. She is also a 2015 Graduate Fellow of Leadership ISD. She graduated with a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
Luna is an accomplished legal executive, with a leadership focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. He also serves on the boards of the Dallas Theater Center and TACA. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Texas Lawbook and Association of Corporate Council DFW Chapter, the Latino Leaders Magazine Maestro of Leadership Award, and was included in the Dallas 500, D CEO’s list of the 500 most influential business leaders in North Texas. Most recently, he was the Vice President for Legal Affairs at T-Mobile US, Inc., having served the company for nearly two decades. He received both a J.D. and B.B.A in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.
For more information about The Dallas Foundation, please visit www.dallasfoundation.org.