President and CEO of Texas Women’s Foundation Resigns; Search for Replacement Begins

After 14 months, Michelynn “Miki” Woodard has left the Dallas organization that invests in and advocates for women and girls.

Michelynn “Miki” Woodard has stepped down as president and CEO of the Dallas-based Texas Women’s Foundation after 14 months.

The news was first reported by the philanthropy website MySweetCharity.

Hilda Galvan, chair of the TWF board of directors, said the board “received the resignation” of Woodard on Tuesday, according to MySweetCharity.

“After a year of trying to make it work, Miki determined that the challenges of serving as CEO required her to spend more energy and time in Dallas than anticipated,” Galvan said. “Texas Women’s Foundation agreed that it would be in the best interest of Miki and the organization to accept her resignation effective immediately.”

TWF, formerly the Dallas Women’s Foundation, is a nonprofit that “invests in the power of women and girls to drive positive change” through research, programs, advocacy, and grantmaking.

Its website says it’s one of the world’s largest women’s funds, with assets of more than $36 million.

While the board starts the process of filling the president and CEO positions permanently, Galvan said according to MySweetCharity, it has asked Dena Jackson to assume the foundation’s operational responsibilities, effective immediately. 

Jackson, the foundation’s chief strategy officer, and Galvan together will take over some of the CEO functions, Galvan said.

Galvan did not immediately respond to a request by Dallas Innovates for comment.

Woodard, whose LinkedIn profile lists previous positions with the Dr. Phil Foundation, JCPenney, and the CAA (Creative Artists Agency) Foundation, joined the TWF in February of 2022.

She succeeded Roslyn Dawson Thompson, who had been the organization’s president and CEO since July of 2011.

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