Core Staff

IMG_0053 Dr. Freddie B. Dixon, Sr., serves as Special Assistant to the Vice President of Diversity and Community Engagement. Dr. Dixon is a retired United Methodist Minister and has been an Austin resident for over thirty-eight years. During his twenty-two years of ministry at Wesley United Methodist Church, Dr. Dixon increased the membership size, secured City, State and National Historic recognition and created a permanent endowment fund. He was also active in civic and community issues in the Austin community. He was a co-founder and called “father of the Austin Area Urban League Incorporated”, and twice Board Chair. The Austin Area Urban League awarded Dr. Dixon its highest honor, the Whitney M. Young Award, for outstanding leadership and community service.
Dr. Dixon has also served on many Austin boards and agencies, including Capitol Area United Way; Child and Family Services Incorporated; Campfire Girls Board of Directors; and Austin City Planning Commission for six years. Dr. Dixon is listed in Who’s Who in Religion; International Who’s Who in Community Service, American Biographical Institute, and Personalities of America. He has received numerous awards from religious and civic organizations: Texas United Methodist College Outstanding Service Award; Outstanding Young Men of America; Austin Independent School District African-American Heritage Award, 1992 (in appreciation for priceless contributions to the quality of education for all AISD students); Honorary Doctorate of Divinity; Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas.
He graduated from Philander Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, with a Masters of Divinity degree.
Ellen Moutos Lee is the Director of the Regional Foundation Library. Supervising an extensive collection of funding information, Ellen assists Central Texas-area nonprofits in identifying grants and other funding opportunities. Prior to joining the library, Ellen worked for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Ms. Lee has worked in development for an Austin area nonprofit and has served as a member of the City of Austin Grant Review Committee. Ms. Lee holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. She has a husband, son and poorly behaved dog.
Eric-Tang Eric Tang is Director of the Social Justice Institute. He is an assistant professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and core faculty with the Center for Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. As a DDCE faculty fellow, he directs the Social Justice Institute of the UT Community Engagement Center. Dr. Tang spent nearly a decade as a community organizer in the refugee neighborhoods of the Bronx, New York. He has published numerous essays on race and urban social movement, and he has been awarded both journalistic and scholarly awards for his articles on Vietnamese-American and black relations in post-Katrina New Orleans. He is completing a book about Southeast Asian refugees and the U.S. urban crisis.