Meet the 2022 Champions of Change | Executive of the Year Nominees

2022 Champions of Change Executive of the Year Nominees

Pamela Benson Owens
Six Square & Edge of Your Seat Consulting

Pamela Benson Owens is the President and CEO of Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc and is also in her third year of serving as the CEO of Six Square. For 25+ years Pam has owned Edge of Your Seat Consulting, a unique consulting firm that is dedicated to assisting for-profit, nonprofit, and faith-based entities. The major focus of Edge of Your Seat Consulting, Inc., is to provide methodologies that help manage perceptions and narratives about complex and challenging issues with courage and strategic passion. She humbly serves on the faculty of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at Austin Community College and enjoys helping fundraising professionals in understanding not only the fundamentals of fundraising but also donor motivations. Pam leverages humor and honest storytelling to create memorable and applicable strategies for sustainable and substantive change. She is a proud Texas A&M Aggie where she earned a degree in Journalism and a certification in Diversity Education and completed her graduate work at St. Edward's University with a master’s in human services with a concentration in Conflict Resolution/Mediation. Pam has also completed coursework at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, a certification in DEI from Cornell, is enrolled at Memphis Theological Seminary, and has most recently launched a new business with all four members of her family called 4 The Culture Coffee- an online coffee shop that directs a percentage of the proceeds back to BIPOC nonprofit organizations in the Central Texas region. She resides in Austin with her spouse, Arlyn, and two kids, Preston and Allyson

Dan Graham

Notley is a catalyst for social innovation unlocking opportunities with today’s impact organizations and changing communities. Our mission is to scale and support businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and programs making positive change in the world. Everything we do is motivated by social innovation and entrepreneurial activity.

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man." - George Bernard Shaw

Muna Hussaini & Steve Sachs
Recode the Quo

Muna Hussaini is a mother, tech executive, and accidental community activist. She is currently the Head of ESG Governance at Indeed and has worked in tech for 20+ years. Muna was a victim of several hate crimes after 9/11. She now spends her personal time reclaiming the Muslim-American narrative and working to eradicate hate. Muna is a founder of Muslim Space, an inclusive Muslim organization. She is a co-founder for Recode the Quo, helping Austin-based tech startups be more diverse, inclusive, and equitable. Muna has served on the board of Interfaith Action of Central Texas to cultivate peace and respect through interfaith dialogue, service, and celebration. She is married, has a 13 year old daughter, and a 6 year old monster. Lastly, Muna attended the University of Texas at Austin and is a proud Longhorn. Hook' em!

Steve Sachs is co-founder of Recode the Quo, an organization that helps Austin tech startups build more diverse, inclusive, and equitable companies. He is also an advisor at Cityside, a media company that is taking a new approach to local news, backed by Google and other leading funders. He was previously CEO of OneSpot (sold to Aclate), a marketing technology company that delivers individualization across digital channels, and is used by leading global marketers. Prior to that, Steve was EVP, Consumer Marketing and Sales at the Time Inc. division of Time Warner. Steve is on the board and past board chair of The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit digital media company, and a mentor in TechStars and Capital Factory. He also was a founding board member of Texture (sold to Apple).

Matt Stephenson
CEO & Founder

Matt Stephenson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Code2College, an Austin-based nonprofit that bridges the gap between historically underestimated high school students and the STEM ecosystem through life-changing programming and experiences. Since 2016, Matt has led the charge in bringing more access and opportunity to Central Texas high schools - predominantly Black, Latin and girls - who are interested in pursuing a life-changing STEM career. Matt has been an Educator for over a decade having served as a High School Math Teacher, Internship Program Manager and now CEO of Code2College. Matt holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Finance and Information Systems from The Stern School of Business, New York University.