Meet the Team
Alex Winkelman, Executive Director
Alex founded Citizen Generation in 2009 after seeing many needs in the Austin community and from her desire to involve the next generation in philanthropy. Through Citizen Generation and their programs, Alex’s efforts have raised over $630,000 from young philanthropist, plus hundreds of volunteer hours and in-kind items donated.
Outside of work, Alex lives Citizen Generation’s mission to the fullest, donating her time, talent, and treasure wherever she can. She has an extensive list: The Long Center Board Member, 2013 Dancing with the Stars Austin Co-Chair, 2013 Texas Film Hall of Fame Co-Chair, 2013 Austin Pets Alive! Tricks & Treats Chair, The Rescuers benefiting Austin Pets Alive! Co-Founder and Member, 2012 & 2013 Emancipet Free Love Luncheon Co-Chair, 2012 Ballet Austin fete*ish Chair, 2012 Dancing with the Stars Austin Participant, 2012 Mosaic Table Captain Co-Chair, Past Mexic-Arte Museum Board Member, plus sitting on many other charity committees. Alex also fosters animals with her family and provides pro bono consulting services to many groups and individuals in town.
Alex was named a 2012 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central Texas, was honored with the 2012 Anti-Defamation League’s Humanitarian Award with her family, and recently received the 2013 Hope Award from iACT. Alex was also named a “Top 10 Young Women to Watch” in 2011 by Austin Woman Magazine and “10 People to Watch” by Tribeza Magazine in 2012.
Melissa Matherne, Development Director
Melissa Matherne graduated from Louisiana State University in 2004. Since graduation, she has focused solely on non-profit development and management. Philanthropic at heart, she has over eight years of fundraising and non-profit experience fostering relationships at such organizations as East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, Alliance Safety Council and Special Olympics Texas, where she was the Development Director for South and Central Texas. She may “Bleed Purple and Live Gold,” but since moving to Austin in 2010 she has grown to love the Austin community and proudly gets her Horns Up on Game Day. While fundraising is her bread and butter, her passion for animals has led her to take a leadership role in helping to build a young professionals group with Austin Pets Alive!. When not loving her job at Citizen Generation, she’s spends her free-time wrangling monsters (2 boxers: Lola & Cash) and mastering the perfect cartwheel.
FOUNDING VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE
Adam Lewis, Alex Winkelman, Allie Duffy, Cassie LaMere, Cody Dyce, Donald Park, EmilyAnne Skinner, Jenny St. George, Jessica Perez, Katie Degutis, Taylor Perkins, Trevor Kale
ACTIVE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE
Adam Lewis, Allie Duffy, Cassie LaMere, EmilyAnne Skinner, Maren Curtis, Kathryn Hamilton