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Leadership Team

Be a champion of a family’s future

Leaders with Distinguished and Broad Experience

AVANCE-Austin's leadership team offers a rich blend of experience with a collaborative team spirit to propel AVANCE's mission of helping families scale new heights and achieve future success.

Anurita Mittra

Director of Programs

Anurita offers years of senior administrative expertise including marketing, fundraising, human resources, and program oversight in the non-profit industry. Before joining AVANCE-Austin, Anurita served for six years as Chief Operating Officer at St. Phillips School and Community Center in Dallas. The organization offered ESL, GED, college prep classes, early childhood programs, and food assistance programs to predominantly Latino and African-American community members. Anurita, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Psychology, was also a Radio News Director at Asian Media Worldwide.

Jose Juan “J.J.” Garza

Office Finance Coordinator

J.J. primarily manages accounting and human resources functions. After years of working in healthcare, he set out to improve the community. Prior to joining AVANCE-Austin, he was the Tax Site Manager at Foundation Communities, where he provided direct service to the under-served. He also runs a bookkeeping service that caters to small businesses. As a father of three young children, J.J. values the importance of early childhood education and is excited to work for an organization that invests resources to advance future generations.


AVANCE-Austin is committed to excellence. Together, the Leadership Team and Board of Directors have developed a 3-year strategic plan that focuses on these 4 different areas: organizational excellence, fiscal optimization, program excellence, and brand and outreach to serve 1,000+ children and parents/caregivers with high quality, 2-generation parent/child services by FY 2023 (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023) that include outcomes for adults and children.

View the strategic plan in more detail. Download file.