MEET THE TEAM

#bossbabesATX is a team effort. It's produced by a volunteer board, a two-person part-time staff and a volunteer programming committee. Together, we represent a number of interests, experiences, cultures and ethnicities. Together we aim to ensure that #bossbabesATX upholds its mission and tenets. Together, we make shit happen. We'd like to thank our volunteers, staff and board for keeping this organization alive, as well as our partners for their support.


STAFF AND BOARD

Our staff is comprised of creatives, entrepreneurs and leaders dedicated to shifting culture and creating communities that better support gender equality. Many members of our organization have been working with #BBATX since its founding in 2015.

JANE HERVEY,  founding executive and creative director (she/her)    Jane Hervey is a multidisciplinary artist and writer, originally from Rio Hondo, Texas. Her work is informed by history, wildlife, politics of space, romance and being a bad woman. Hervey has lived and worked in Austin, Texas since 2011. In addition to her creative practice as a musician and writer, Hervey is also the founder of  #bossbabesATX  (a support organization for women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and community organizers) and her own communications and experience design firm,  group work . She also maintains a column on creative entrepreneurship and lifestyle design at  Forbes   .   Her personal and professional life are dedicated to improving community infrastructure, retooling systems of collaboration and changing cultural economies to create equal opportunity for women and girls.   Favorite book:  "I Am Charlotte Simmons"  Feminist icon:  Gloria Anzaldua  Favorite band:  Princess Nokia // SZA  Her Austin gem:  Papa Joe's  Where to find her:  Developing a sustainable internal and external organizational infrastructure, driving the organization's creative and programmatic vision, partnerships and ethos, and designing #bossbabesATX for the future. You can get in touch with Jane about partnerships, programming, development and bookings at thebabes@bossbabes.org. Learn more about Jane on her  website.  Or keep up with her on  Instagram.

JANE HERVEY, founding executive and creative director (she/her)

Jane Hervey is a multidisciplinary artist and writer, originally from Rio Hondo, Texas. Her work is informed by history, wildlife, politics of space, romance and being a bad woman. Hervey has lived and worked in Austin, Texas since 2011. In addition to her creative practice as a musician and writer, Hervey is also the founder of #bossbabesATX (a support organization for women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and community organizers) and her own communications and experience design firm, group work. She also maintains a column on creative entrepreneurship and lifestyle design at Forbes. Her personal and professional life are dedicated to improving community infrastructure, retooling systems of collaboration and changing cultural economies to create equal opportunity for women and girls.

Favorite book: "I Am Charlotte Simmons"
Feminist icon: Gloria Anzaldua
Favorite band: Princess Nokia // SZA
Her Austin gem: Papa Joe's
Where to find her: Developing a sustainable internal and external organizational infrastructure, driving the organization's creative and programmatic vision, partnerships and ethos, and designing #bossbabesATX for the future. You can get in touch with Jane about partnerships, programming, development and bookings at thebabes@bossbabes.org. Learn more about Jane on her website. Or keep up with her on Instagram.

jane claire hervey — founding executive and creative director

ALEX PEREZ-PUELLES, board member (she/her)   Alex Perez-Puelles is a Reproductive Justice advocate who has been in Austin for the past 3 years. When Alex isn't working, she likes to spend her free time serving as a board and committee member to #BossbabesATX, as well as organizing events for orgs such as SXSW, Techstars, etc. She has over 5+ years of event planning experience, with a focus on concerts, festivals and conferences.  Favorite Book: Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester  Feminist Icon: This changes frequently, but I'm currently really inspired by Alicia Garza  Favorite Artist: Tierra Whack, SZA, Mitski  Austin Gem: Las Perlas for mezcal drinks  Where to find her: Hit me up if you want to learn more about #BossbabesATX, or if you want to collaborate! IG: @2.11.1992 Email: alexperezpuelles@gmail.com

ALEX PEREZ-PUELLES, board member (she/her)

Alex Perez-Puelles is a Reproductive Justice advocate who has been in Austin for the past 3 years. When Alex isn't working, she likes to spend her free time serving as a board and committee member to #BossbabesATX, as well as organizing events for orgs such as SXSW, Techstars, etc. She has over 5+ years of event planning experience, with a focus on concerts, festivals and conferences.

Favorite Book: Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester

Feminist Icon: This changes frequently, but I'm currently really inspired by Alicia Garza

Favorite Artist: Tierra Whack, SZA, Mitski

Austin Gem: Las Perlas for mezcal drinks

Where to find her: Hit me up if you want to learn more about #BossbabesATX, or if you want to collaborate! IG: @2.11.1992 Email: alexperezpuelles@gmail.com

Alex perez-puelles — board member + committee member

Kaia Adams,  MERCHANDISING LEAD    Kaia Adams is an advocate for breaking the barriers of discrimination and inequity so that we can benefit from interconnectedness and cultivate a more just world. She obtained her BA in Global Studies and Spanish from Sonoma State University in 2014. Her studies and previous residence in Spain and Italy allowed her to gain an awareness of the international nature of contemporary social issues surrounding us and have prepared her to be an agent of change. Originally a San Diego, CA native, Kaia has lived and worked in Austin, TX since 2015. Passionate about helping people feel their best, her upcoming ventures will explore her interests in coaching, women’s health, holistic skincare, and the power of positive psychology.  Favorite Book: Stargirl  Feminist Icon: Malala Yousafzai  Favorite Artist: Anything motown  Austin Gem: Nature's Treasures  Where to find her: @kaialynn_

Kaia Adams, MERCHANDISING LEAD

Kaia Adams is an advocate for breaking the barriers of discrimination and inequity so that we can benefit from interconnectedness and cultivate a more just world. She obtained her BA in Global Studies and Spanish from Sonoma State University in 2014. Her studies and previous residence in Spain and Italy allowed her to gain an awareness of the international nature of contemporary social issues surrounding us and have prepared her to be an agent of change. Originally a San Diego, CA native, Kaia has lived and worked in Austin, TX since 2015. Passionate about helping people feel their best, her upcoming ventures will explore her interests in coaching, women’s health, holistic skincare, and the power of positive psychology.

Favorite Book: Stargirl

Feminist Icon: Malala Yousafzai

Favorite Artist: Anything motown

Austin Gem: Nature's Treasures

Where to find her: @kaialynn_

kaia adams — merchandising lead

JASMINE BROOKS,  board member (she/her)    Jas is a Graphic Designer and Visual Artist based in Austin, Texas, by way of Oakland, California. She specializes in Branding, Illustration, and Photography that she enjoys fusing together whenever she can. Jas creates illustrations that encapsulate vivid colors and dynamic shapes. Her photography skills and eye for portraiture help set the scene and often serve as the initial inspiration she builds off of to create composition that doesn't typically exist in reality. As an artist that is still growing and learning each day, Jas is constantly thinking of ways to improve her practices, better her skills and continue to be creatively engaged while exploring new art forms that help her best express herself and/or execute a project. Her inspirations include Keith Heiring, Mike Perry, and Paula Sher whose styles all tend to be reflected in her work and creative thinking.

JASMINE BROOKS, board member (she/her)

Jas is a Graphic Designer and Visual Artist based in Austin, Texas, by way of Oakland, California. She specializes in Branding, Illustration, and Photography that she enjoys fusing together whenever she can. Jas creates illustrations that encapsulate vivid colors and dynamic shapes. Her photography skills and eye for portraiture help set the scene and often serve as the initial inspiration she builds off of to create composition that doesn't typically exist in reality. As an artist that is still growing and learning each day, Jas is constantly thinking of ways to improve her practices, better her skills and continue to be creatively engaged while exploring new art forms that help her best express herself and/or execute a project. Her inspirations include Keith Heiring, Mike Perry, and Paula Sher whose styles all tend to be reflected in her work and creative thinking.

Jasmine brooks — board member

Margeaux labat, communications assistant (she/her)

Margeaux Labat is a music nerd, cinephile, and creative based in Austin, TX. Originally from New Orleans, LA, her cultured upbringing exposed her to various musicians, film genres, and art mediums at a very young age. Having come to Austin to attend St. Edward’s University, she has remained in the city post-grad to pursue a career in the music industry, wanting to work with fellow musicians and local creatives in creating comfortable spaces for womxn of color in these fields to collaborate and flourish. Previously interning at Margin Walker Presents and the Austin School of Film, her passions for music and film have only become more all-encompassing during her time in college. When not working at her many jobs, you can catch her at concerts, AFS Cinema, or at home working on her DJ skills, napping, and incessantly making playlists.

Favorite book: How Music Works by David Byrne
Feminist Icon: Euzhan Palcy
Favorite artist: Björk, Frank Ocean, and (Sandy) Alex G
Austin Gem: I <3 Video
Where to find her: @the.softest.girl on IG, @mlabat on Letterboxd

MARGEAUX LABAT — COMMUNICATIONS DESIGN ASSISTANT

XOCHI SOLIS,  board member (she/ her)    Xochi Solis is a mixed media artist born and raised in Austin, TX. Her works include multilayered, collaged paintings constructed from paint, hand-dyed paper, vinyl, plastics, and images from found books and magazines. As an accomplished artist and leader in her community with over 15 years of experience, Solis is enthusiastic about continuing to transform her practice as a cultural producer into a vehicle for active citizenship and civic responsibility. In addition to her studio practice, she manages and spins records with Austin chapter of Chulita Vinyl Club with a focus on the preservation and performance of Tejanx culture. xochisolis.com / @xochisolis

XOCHI SOLIS, board member (she/ her)

Xochi Solis is a mixed media artist born and raised in Austin, TX. Her works include multilayered, collaged paintings constructed from paint, hand-dyed paper, vinyl, plastics, and images from found books and magazines. As an accomplished artist and leader in her community with over 15 years of experience, Solis is enthusiastic about continuing to transform her practice as a cultural producer into a vehicle for active citizenship and civic responsibility. In addition to her studio practice, she manages and spins records with Austin chapter of Chulita Vinyl Club with a focus on the preservation and performance of Tejanx culture. xochisolis.com / @xochisolis

xochi solis — board member + committee member

JP RIVFE, production coordinator (she/they)   • bio coming soon •

JP RIVFE, production coordinator (she/they)

• bio coming soon •

JP RIVFE — prODUCTION coordinator



2019 programming committee

Our programming committee is comprised of volunteer thought leaders who represent the communities we serve. We open applications for this committee in November of each year. Click here to learn more.

SYNDNEY GREENE, committee member   Sydney Greene is a creative based in Austin, Texas, where by day, she works in Texas politics, and by night, she's a freelance journalist. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Sydney moved to Austin in 2018 for a fellowship with the Texas Tribune, where she reported on immigration, healthcare, and politics. Currently, Sydney works for a political consulting firm in Austin, where she helps progressive candidates, clients, and organizations elevate and deliver their messages and ideas across Texas through print and digital communications. When she's not helping run campaigns, Sydney writes and reports on gender, culture, and lifestyle. Her writing has been featured in variety of publications including Texas Monthly, The Austin Chronicle, Teen Vogue, USA Today, and more. Sydney's personal and professional goals are to bring marginalized voices to the forefront of our policies and conversations through innovative storytelling and collaborative community action.  Favorite Book: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  Feminist Icon: Audre Lorde  Favorite Artist: Beyonce and Stevie Wonder  Austin Gem: Lady Bird Lake boardwalk.  Where to find her: At a local thrift store or on Instagram @sydney_verde.

SYNDNEY GREENE, committee member

Sydney Greene is a creative based in Austin, Texas, where by day, she works in Texas politics, and by night, she's a freelance journalist. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Sydney moved to Austin in 2018 for a fellowship with the Texas Tribune, where she reported on immigration, healthcare, and politics. Currently, Sydney works for a political consulting firm in Austin, where she helps progressive candidates, clients, and organizations elevate and deliver their messages and ideas across Texas through print and digital communications. When she's not helping run campaigns, Sydney writes and reports on gender, culture, and lifestyle. Her writing has been featured in variety of publications including Texas Monthly, The Austin Chronicle, Teen Vogue, USA Today, and more. Sydney's personal and professional goals are to bring marginalized voices to the forefront of our policies and conversations through innovative storytelling and collaborative community action.

Favorite Book: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Feminist Icon: Audre Lorde

Favorite Artist: Beyonce and Stevie Wonder

Austin Gem: Lady Bird Lake boardwalk.

Where to find her: At a local thrift store or on Instagram @sydney_verde.

SYDNEY GREENE

TESS CAGLE-ROLLI,  committee member    Tess Cagle-Rolli is a photographer, writer, and community organizer in Austin, Texas. Originally from McAllen, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, Tess’ first loves were the $6 corn taco combo at Taqueria El Zarape, chamoyadas, and palm trees. She’s been based in Austin since 2013, when she moved to study journalism and cultural anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Tess currently runs her own photography business, Tess Cagle Photography, where she helps entrepreneurs, creatives, lovers, and families feel seen and share their stories visually. Additionally, she writes TV and film reviews for the Daily Dot and SEO articles for a variety of Austin-based companies. In 2018, she founded Womxn In Music ATX, a networking and advocacy organization for womxn in the Austin music industry. Because of her upbringing along the south Texas border and her studies in cultural anthropology, Tess believes it’s important to strive for inclusivity, equity, and justice for everyone. She is a Christian who stands for reproductive justice, intersectional feminism, and against white supremacy.  Favorite Book: Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She? by Molly Ivins  Feminist Icon: Ida B. Wells  Favorite Artist: First Aid Kit  Austin Gem: Cow Tipping Creamery  Where to find her: At the dog park with my golden retriever, Martha, or on Instagram at @tesscaglephotography

TESS CAGLE-ROLLI, committee member

Tess Cagle-Rolli is a photographer, writer, and community organizer in Austin, Texas. Originally from McAllen, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, Tess’ first loves were the $6 corn taco combo at Taqueria El Zarape, chamoyadas, and palm trees. She’s been based in Austin since 2013, when she moved to study journalism and cultural anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Tess currently runs her own photography business, Tess Cagle Photography, where she helps entrepreneurs, creatives, lovers, and families feel seen and share their stories visually. Additionally, she writes TV and film reviews for the Daily Dot and SEO articles for a variety of Austin-based companies. In 2018, she founded Womxn In Music ATX, a networking and advocacy organization for womxn in the Austin music industry. Because of her upbringing along the south Texas border and her studies in cultural anthropology, Tess believes it’s important to strive for inclusivity, equity, and justice for everyone. She is a Christian who stands for reproductive justice, intersectional feminism, and against white supremacy.

Favorite Book: Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She? by Molly Ivins

Feminist Icon: Ida B. Wells

Favorite Artist: First Aid Kit

Austin Gem: Cow Tipping Creamery

Where to find her: At the dog park with my golden retriever, Martha, or on Instagram at @tesscaglephotography

TESS CAGLE-ROLLI

CARA CATE,  committee member    Cara is a native Texan who moved to Austin after graduating with a Bachelors in Psychology. Austin has been her home for over ten years. Between work and travel, Cara volunteers to give back to the community. In her spare time, you can find her hiking, playing with her animals, or looking for the next adventure.  Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird  Feminist Icon: Corny but, my mom, Lora.  Favorite Artist: Neko Case, but tough choice.  Austin Gem: The greenbelt  Where to find her: @loudesthowl on instagram

CARA CATE, committee member

Cara is a native Texan who moved to Austin after graduating with a Bachelors in Psychology. Austin has been her home for over ten years. Between work and travel, Cara volunteers to give back to the community. In her spare time, you can find her hiking, playing with her animals, or looking for the next adventure.

Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird

Feminist Icon: Corny but, my mom, Lora.

Favorite Artist: Neko Case, but tough choice.

Austin Gem: The greenbelt

Where to find her: @loudesthowl on instagram

cara cate

VITTORIA CRISS,  committee member    Vittoria Criss is an epidemiologist who grew up in Naples, Italy and Washington, DC. She moved to Austin in 2015 to complete her Master’s practicum at AIDS Services of Austin, and previously conducted research on HIV prevention for people of color and telehealth interventions for transgender women of color. In her current work as an epidemiologist she analyzes data and coordinates programs to prevent the spread of Viral Hepatitis in Texas. Vittoria is passionate about health equity and revolutionizing our approach to public health by actively involving and prioritizing the communities we serve. In her downtime Vittoria enjoys taking her dog Leo on adventures, reading dystopian fiction, and baking.  Favorite Book: It’s a tie between The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell  Feminist Icon: Angela Davis  Favorite Artist: Frank Ocean/Jhene Aiko/Shakira  Austin Gem: Granny’s Tacos  Where to find her: @okayvitt on insta or on the patio at Shangrila

VITTORIA CRISS, committee member

Vittoria Criss is an epidemiologist who grew up in Naples, Italy and Washington, DC. She moved to Austin in 2015 to complete her Master’s practicum at AIDS Services of Austin, and previously conducted research on HIV prevention for people of color and telehealth interventions for transgender women of color. In her current work as an epidemiologist she analyzes data and coordinates programs to prevent the spread of Viral Hepatitis in Texas. Vittoria is passionate about health equity and revolutionizing our approach to public health by actively involving and prioritizing the communities we serve. In her downtime Vittoria enjoys taking her dog Leo on adventures, reading dystopian fiction, and baking.

Favorite Book: It’s a tie between The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Feminist Icon: Angela Davis

Favorite Artist: Frank Ocean/Jhene Aiko/Shakira

Austin Gem: Granny’s Tacos

Where to find her: @okayvitt on insta or on the patio at Shangrila

VITTORIA CRISS

JASMINE ROBINSON,  committee member    Jasmine Robinson is the founder/executive director of the grassroots non profit, "Collegiate Mom Coalition, Movement Mujeres Fellow, speaker, community organizer and mentor to college moms. Originally from Houston TX, she move to Austin TX 3 years ago with her husband and daughters Kenadie (10) and Kimora (9). She is a graduate of the HBCU Prairie View A&amp;M University with a bachelor's of Architecture and a Masters of Community Development.  Favorite Book: Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford  Feminist Icon: Maya Angelou  Favorite Artist: The Queen B - Beyonce  Austin Gem: Native Hostel  Where to find her: @jwiggins2 or @collegiatemoms

JASMINE ROBINSON, committee member

Jasmine Robinson is the founder/executive director of the grassroots non profit, "Collegiate Mom Coalition, Movement Mujeres Fellow, speaker, community organizer and mentor to college moms. Originally from Houston TX, she move to Austin TX 3 years ago with her husband and daughters Kenadie (10) and Kimora (9). She is a graduate of the HBCU Prairie View A&M University with a bachelor's of Architecture and a Masters of Community Development.

Favorite Book: Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford

Feminist Icon: Maya Angelou

Favorite Artist: The Queen B - Beyonce

Austin Gem: Native Hostel

Where to find her: @jwiggins2 or @collegiatemoms

JASMINE ROBINSON

COELINA EDWARDS,  committee member

COELINA EDWARDS, committee member

coelina edwards

JEN RACHID,  committee member

JEN RACHID, committee member

jen rachid

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CYNTHIA MUÑOZ,  committee member    Cynthia Muñoz was born and raised in Austin, TX. Under the name Cindy Popp, she creates visual art inspired by fashion editorials, makeup artists on Instagram, B movies, clowns, and comedy. She has a professional and personal passion for community engagement, gender equality, and diversity &amp; inclusion. She lives on the east side with her husband and cat where they collect clocks, VHS, and novelty drinkware. She listens to Rihanna nearly every day and doesn't have a middle name.  Favorite Book: It's a tie between The Abortion by Richard Brautigan and Geek Love by Katherine Dunn  Feminist Icon: Frida Kahlo  Favorite Artists: rihanna/selena/bjork  Austin Gem: I &lt;3 Video  Where to find her: @cindy.popp/www.cindy-popp.com/Gourmand's every Wednesday for trivia

CYNTHIA MUÑOZ, committee member

Cynthia Muñoz was born and raised in Austin, TX. Under the name Cindy Popp, she creates visual art inspired by fashion editorials, makeup artists on Instagram, B movies, clowns, and comedy. She has a professional and personal passion for community engagement, gender equality, and diversity & inclusion. She lives on the east side with her husband and cat where they collect clocks, VHS, and novelty drinkware. She listens to Rihanna nearly every day and doesn't have a middle name.

Favorite Book: It's a tie between The Abortion by Richard Brautigan and Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Feminist Icon: Frida Kahlo

Favorite Artists: rihanna/selena/bjork

Austin Gem: I <3 Video

Where to find her: @cindy.popp/www.cindy-popp.com/Gourmand's every Wednesday for trivia

CYNTHIA MUÑOZ

DEEKSHA SRINATH,  committee member       Deeksha sits at the intersection of art and tech. Her multidisciplinary background has led her to being passionate about place-making, effective collaboration, health equity and anti-racist work. She prefers calling over texting, walking over Lyfting and enjoys building seasonal playlists. She loves that Austin water activities are equally pliable to being exercise &amp; lounge friendly and marvelling at the dogs on the Auditorium shores dock.  Feminist Icon: Jasbir Puar  Austin Gem: Cenote  Where to find her: @deeksha_0320, The Cookbook

DEEKSHA SRINATH, committee member


Deeksha sits at the intersection of art and tech. Her multidisciplinary background has led her to being passionate about place-making, effective collaboration, health equity and anti-racist work. She prefers calling over texting, walking over Lyfting and enjoys building seasonal playlists. She loves that Austin water activities are equally pliable to being exercise & lounge friendly and marvelling at the dogs on the Auditorium shores dock.

Feminist Icon: Jasbir Puar

Austin Gem: Cenote

Where to find her: @deeksha_0320, The Cookbook

Deeksha Srinath