Advisor | Facilitator | Consultant

As founder and principal of CauseAdvance, LaTanya partners with clients to realize their aspirations for social change. She provides tailored advice to help bridge the gap between intention, action, and results. 


LaTanya seamlessly balances planning and implementation and has a record of success designing  donor education programs, launching new initiatives, and guiding projects that build an enterprise and advance equity.

She offers broad facilitation and strategy expertise gained over 20+ years of experience as an advisor, funder, and nonprofit executive director.


In August 2019, she launched Black Philanthropy Houston- a collaborative initiative to connect, inspire, and inform black givers in Houston. 

Before founding CauseAdvance, LaTanya was donor engagement director at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, where she revamped donor education programs, guided grantmaking for three community funds, facilitated launch of the first African American Giving Circle, and led a partnership to create the first regional community indicators project. She is a 21/64 Certified Advisor in Multigenerational Philanthropy and managed a portfolio of donor advised funds of $1M+ and taught courses for the foundation's Next Gen Donor Institute.

As executive director of The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston, she led fundraising and free financial literacy education for 6,000 low income women and girls and initiated the first and only empirical study on the charitable giving patterns of Houston women.

LaTanya began her career as the founding director of a national faith-based nonprofit where she established a collective investment fund and designed and managed an annual leadership conference. 

She has directed projects in community development, early childhood education, financial literacy, youth development, and women and girls and consulted on major initiatives for Casey Family Programs, LISC (Local Initiative Support Corporation), and United Way. She also held senior roles in operations and external relations at community organizations and City Year, an AmeriCorps program.   


  • MPAff,  The LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin 
  • BA, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
  • Public Policy & International Affairs Fellow, Junior Summer Institute- Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley


Whether you’re experienced, new to philanthropy and social change, or revamping your strategy, I can help you plan and prepare for what’s next. 


I am motivated by a commitment to create a just world where every person has a fair opportunity to realize their full potential. My approach to our work together will be guided by this mission and your values. 

You will find details on how we can work together here: facilitation, giving strategy, organizational development, and presentations.


LaTanya is a native Houstonian and fifth generation Texan and enjoys travel, live music, and long walks.

"I worked with LaTanya while she was executive director at The Women's Resource of Greater Houston and I was president of the board. She is bright, conscientious and tireless in her pursuit of excellence and truly understands the philanthropic world. I would highly recommend her advisory services for anyone or organization that is looking for a strategic, well thought out approach to their philanthropic giving."

-Michele Alvarado, Owner, Sanctuary Builders

Advisory Board Member, The Women's Resource