Meet our new president and executive director, Richard Tagle

For Immediate Release

Austin, Texas (January 4, 2024) – The Board of Directors for E3 Alliance proudly announces the appointment of Richard Tagle as the organization’s new president and executive director. A visionary and strategic leader rooted in public education and nonprofit work, Richard will succeed Susan Dawson, founder, and assume responsibilities on January 16.

Tagle is joining E3 Alliance from Denver Public Schools Foundation, where he served as president and CEO and strengthened alignment between school district priorities and Foundation investments. Before this post, he served as the CEO of the Andy Roddick Foundation in Austin, Texas, for nearly a decade.

“After meticulous succession planning and search process, the board is pleased to select the most ideal candidate to lead E3 Alliance into the future,” said Board Chair Amber Carden, Managing Director of Bank of America Private Bank, Private Wealth Management.

Selection Committee Chair Dr. Charles Martinez, Dean of the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin, added, “Richard’s track record in systems transformation and equitable education opportunities for all, combined with his exceptional leadership in developing and executing a highly strategic plan and facilitating relationships with key stakeholders, makes him uniquely qualified.”

“I am honored and grateful to the board for the incredible opportunity and responsibility to lead E3 Alliance and follow in the footsteps of Susan Dawson,” said Tagle. “E3 Alliance has had tremendous impact on the education community throughout Central Texas and across the state. I am thrilled to return to Austin to lead this well-respected, successful nonprofit and collaborate with the remarkable educators, business, and community leaders that partner with E3.”

Tagle holds a master’s degree in social policy/applied sociology and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from American University in Washington, DC. His three decades of community service work centers on student learning and advancements, serving on boards with Grantmakers in Education, College Forward, and other education, nonprofit, and health organizations.

“I am delighted with this selection after an extensive and thoughtful search,” explained Susan Dawson, 2020 Austinite of the Year and soon-to-be president emeritus of E3 Alliance who will continue to lead the student-to-workforce initiative for the organization. “After over 17 years of leading E3 Alliance, I am enthusiastic about our future with Richard at the helm. His commitment to public education as a cornerstone of a civil and democratic society and his understanding of communities’ crucial roles align perfectly with our mission. His relentless pursuit of outcomes-based, data-driven strategies and his passion for collective impact will greatly contribute to our future progress.”


About E3 Alliance

E3 Alliance is a nationally recognized, data-driven education collaborative and data-driven solutions provider based in Central Texas and working across the state to transform education systems through data and collaboration so all students succeed. We work to increase economic mobility and overall quality of life for our community through education systems alignment from pre-K to workforce. E3 Alliance leverages the most robust education data and research, together with lived experience of people most impacted by education systems, to improve education equity and outcomes. Founded in 2006, we are a leader in collective impact, collaborating with 15 Central Texas school districts, eight institutions of higher education, and numerous businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, policy leaders, students, and families.


Jennifer Cavazos Saenz
Senior Director of Communications and Policy
E3 Alliance
Mobile: (512) 825-4288