Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors Welcomes New Chair and Vice Chair to Further Philanthropic Legacy

Lydia B. Addy, a long-serving volunteer and co-founder of The Addy Foundation, and Chris Luna, a civic leader and legal executive, have been appointed as Chair and Vice Chair of Dallas Foundation's Board of Governors, respectively.

The Dallas Foundation announced that a new chair and vice chair have been appointed for its board of governors.

The first community foundation in Texas, the Dallas Foundation, said that Lydia B. Addy, a long-serving volunteer and co-founder of The Addy Foundation, will serve as board chair, and Chris Luna, a civic leader and legal executive, will be the new vice chair.

“The Dallas Foundation is thrilled to have Lydia and Chris’ leadership as we look ahead to the organization’s long-term sustainability and lasting impact in Greater Dallas,” Matthew Randazzo, president & CEO of The Dallas Foundation, said in a statement. “Each of them touts an impressive record of success when tackling issues facing Dallas, and their elevated service to our board and mission will be invaluable as we strive to cultivate a community where everyone can meet their full potential.”

Improving education and revitalizing communities

Addy has served on The Dallas Foundation’s board since 2016 and was integral to selecting and onboarding its current president and CEO in 2018 and the subsequent strategic planning process.

As chair of the development and marketing committee, Addy also led the creation and deployment of the foundation’s reimagined brand, ensuring alignment with the Board’s vision for growing and sustaining the organization.

“It’s an honor to serve as Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Governors and to witness the generosity of the many donors who turn to The Dallas Foundation to support their philanthropic goals,” Addy said in a statement. “I’m inspired by the foundation’s enduring commitment to this community and its legacy of investing in solutions that make a difference in the lives of so many people.”

Addy has focused on improving educational opportunities and community revitalization in North Texas. She and her husband, Bill, are co-founder of The Addy Foundation, and she is an active member of several other nonprofit boards where she has served in fundraising, development, strategic planning, educational access and affordability, branding and marketing, and executive searches.

‘Making Dallas a brighter community’

Luna joined the board in 2019 and serves as chair of the organization’s first stand-alone audit and risk management committee, leading its commitment to best practices within the nonprofit sector. Luna also brings extensive legal, nonprofit, and civic leadership expertise to the community impact and strategy and governance committees.

“Since joining The Dallas Foundation’s Board of Governors, I’ve watched the organization’s unwavering dedication to excellence in community philanthropy,” Luna said in a statement. “I’m excited to begin this next chapter of my service on the board, and I look forward to continuing our work to position the Foundation for its next 100 years of making Dallas a brighter community for everyone who calls it home.”

Luna is an accomplished legal executive, with a leadership focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. He serves on the boards of the Dallas Theater Center and TACA.

With more than a decade of combined experience serving the foundation, Addy and Luna will lead the 16 members of the board as the foundation embarks on its upcoming strategic planning process this summer, building on the remarkable growth and impact resulting from the previous plan adopted in 2019.

The Dallas Foundation was established as the first community foundation in Texas in 1929. It brings together people, ideas, and investments in greater Dallas so individuals and families can reach their full potential.

Throughout its history, the foundation has granted over $1 billion to the full spectrum of community-centered causes.

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