Marie Olavere

Marie Olavere was born in the Philippines and raised in Houston. Marie graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of Virginia, where she was introduced to fundraising and development while interning at the UVA LGBTQ Center. Combining her passion for history and communications, she served as a historical...

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Karen Briggs Gwin

Karen has an extensive background in and commitment to work aligning with Avenue’s mission. She served as CFO and Treasurer for New Hope Housing from 2013-2022. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has an MBA with a Finance Concentration.

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Jessica Fuentes

Jessica has been active in neighborhood initiatives in a number of communities since 2012,including East Houston, Pleasantville, Fifth Ward, Kashmere, and Settegast. After seeing the destruction brought on by Hurricane Harvey in her neighborhood, Jessica felt empowered to serve on the board of the East Houston Civic Club. Through her...

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David Barron

David completed a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Strayer University and is pursuing a Master’s of Public Administration at Belhaven University. He has over 15 years of accounting experience working in a multitude of industries as a Senior Cost Accountant for a publicly traded corporation and as a Director...

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Rosalia Eguia

Rosalia Eguia joined Avenue as the Homeownership Program Assistant in 2022. She is currently working towards earning a degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining Avenue, Rosalia worked at BridgeYear, a nonprofit agency where she taught students in underserved communities about career opportunities that take less than four years to...

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Veronica Garcia Luke

Veronica joined Avenue in 2022 as Events Coordinator. She is a native Houstonian, and has spent a majority of her career in non-profit fund development and communications. She enjoys planning and believes events are a great way to give a voice and energy to an organization’s story. Veronica holds a...

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Hayley Stacy

Hayley is a native of the Bayou City. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Houston and furthered her education with a Master’s in Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon. Hayley’s unique talent lies in the art of storytelling through written and visual narratives, helping...

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