Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) named Misti Potter as their new CEO. Potter assumed her new role Thursday, March 16, on the heels of Mark Kiester’s retirement following 12 years in the position.
With 20 years of experience at various clubs across the United States, Potter joined the Austin nonprofit organization in 2015 as the executive vice president after serving as the CEO for the Rockwall club outside of Dallas.
Throughout her Boys & Girls Clubs tenure, Misti has become known as a change agent, leveraging her great passion and talent to organize and orchestrate resource development campaigns and plans that have raised more than $40 million. Her nonprofit management expertise includes board development, program creation, marketing, public relations, staff and organizational development, general operations and executive-level management. This background makes her the ideal candidate to assume leadership of the Austin organization.
With great futures in mind for the kids and the clubs in the capital city, BGCAA brought Potter on board two years ago for the sake of a smooth leadership transition.
“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve more than 12,000 Austin youth during the last two years and to be part of the Boys & Girls Clubs organization for more than 20 years,” said Potter. “I am excited to continue and further our impact in this city and on youth for whom our support is the difference-maker when it comes to academic success, health, wellness, character and leadership programs during out-of-school time. I look forward to working with a high-performing volunteer board of directors as well as program and development teams to raise more than $7 million annually to support the daily operations of the organization and more than 200 employees.”
During the last two decades, Potter has worked with Boys & Girls Clubs in Dallas, Memphis, Montgomery and Athens, Alabama. She also represents the organization on a national level as a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) President’s Advisory Committee and the BGCA National 2025 Strategic Planning Commission. In 2014, she served as the third female president in 60 ye
ars of the Professional
Association of Boys & Girls Clubs. In 2013, Potter received the Southwest Region’s Rookie of the Year Award, and one year later she was selected as the recipient of the Jim Wetherington Southwesterner Award for the Southwest Region. She has also received both the BGCA’s Regional and National Professional of the Year awards.
BGCAA’s footprint includes 28 local clubs and four outreach programs dedicated to improving educational and social skills, mental and physical health, and future opportunities through evidence-based programs aimed at youth ages 6–18. With goals of increasing school attendance and graduation rates—plus a commitment to reducing risky behaviors—BGCAA has helped its members succeed both in and out of the
classroom to become productive, responsible and caring citizens.
In the past year, 99 percent of BGCAA high school seniors graduated on time compared to 88 percent in Texas and 84 percent in the Austin Independent School District. BGCAA members also outperform their peer groups in school attendance, standardized test scores and grade advancement. Club students have reported a 15 percent higher grade point average and 87 percent fewer absences than their non-member peers. Over the years, the impact of the mission has grown significantly—today serving more than 12,000 kids annually across the capital city. In April, the organization will celebrate 50 years of service in the capital city.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) is Austin’s leading youth development agency currently serving more than 12,000 kids via 28 Clubs and four outreach programs. 2017 marks BGCAA’s 50th year in the Austin area,
a benchmark measured by thousands of local youth success stories. Club youth participate in high-impact development programs that, when compared to non-club youth, result in better school attendance, better grades, higher graduation rates and a higher likelihood of attending college. Through support from local individuals, businesses and BGCAA Staff, Club youth are given the tools and opportunities to create great futures. www.bcgaustin.org