Impact Dallas Capital


The Impact Dallas Capital Community Advisory Committee represents various interests of the Southern Dallas community and provides feedback to the Impact Dallas Capital board. This committee will seek regular community input identifying community needs and challenges and will ensure the financial considerations of each investment are weighed in tandem with the community perspective. Members will participate in the public reporting of the second bottom line results. The Community Advisory Committee will have standing positions for the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and The Real Estate Council

Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Cedillo-Periera, Cedillo-Pereira & Associates, PLLC Founding Partner
A native of Dallas, Liz Cedillo-Pereira is a founding partner of Cedillo-Pereira & Cedillo, PLLC and board-certified in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Combining her experience in public policy with the practice of law, Liz is dedicated to seeking U.S. immigration solutions for clients from around the world. She began practicing immigration law under the direction of Lisa S. Brodyaga and thereafter became the staff attorney for Catholic Charities of Dallas.
Rev. Dr. Joseph J. Clifford, First Presbyterian Church of Dallas Senior Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Clifford, serves as senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, a vibrant congregation located in the heart of downtown Dallas. The church is best known for its community ministry with the homeless of our city and with children and youth living in poverty. Encore Park is the church’s major initiative bringing creativity and caring together through the arts and renovation of the historic 508 Park Avenue property in downtown Dallas.
Matrice Ellis-Kirk, RSR Partners Managing Director
Matrice Ellis-Kirk is a senior member of the RSR Partner’s board of directors practice and head of the firm’s Dallas office. With passion for topics related to governance and diverse boards, her current search work focuses on the boardroom. She serves on a number of boards, including the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, North Texas Tollway Authority, and The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation.
Domingo Garcia, Domingo Garcia, P.C. Founding Partner
Domingo Garcia is a former Mayor Pro Tem for the city of Dallas and State Representative for Texas. In addition, he has been an editorial columnist and a successful trial lawyer for nearly 25 years. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, State Bar of Texas, and the Northern, Southern and Western Federal Courts of Texas. Since he began practicing law, he has donated his time and talents to a legal clinic in West Dallas to provide legal services to the poor.
John Ting, Esq., Ting Tran Law Firm Principal
John Ting represents the Southeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce. He is a North Texas native who received his Juris Doctorate from The City University of New York School of Law. He worked with the Immigration Department of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese in Newark, New Jersey, before returning to his home state to start his own practice. Similar to being the legal voice for his clients, John teamed up with ATG Against The Grain Productions as director of fundraising in 2013 to promote awareness and unity of Asian American culture and identity.
Gilbert Gerst, BOK Financial Senior Vice President, Manager of Community Development Banking
Gilbert Gerst manages the community development group of BOK Financial. His responsibilities include compliance and CRA examinations, community development lending and investments for Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. He focuses on financing for low-income housing tax credit projects providing construction financing, permanent financing and equity investments. He has extensive knowledge of nonprofit lending and new markets tax credit equity and debt financing.
Kiyundra Gulley, Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce President, CEO & COO
Kiyundra Gulley serves the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce as president, CEO and COO. She is dedicated to the Oak Cliff Chamber and its members. In 2014 the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management recognized her as a Certified Chamber Executive. This extensive education and training program has ensured a seamless transition into her multifaceted role of managing and leading the Oak Cliff Chamber.
Mary Hager, Thackeray Partners Partner
Mary Hager is the co-founder and owner of Thackeray Partners, a diversified private equity real estate company based in Dallas. As co-owner, she is responsible for sourcing and financing real estate transactions, marketing investment partnerships to institutional investors, and supervising the overall operations of the investment portfolio and the company. Thackeray, formed in 2005, invests nationally in industrial, apartment and retail investments through a series of private equity funds.
Matt Houston, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce/MLH Enterprises Chairman of the Board/Principal
Matt Houston’s MLH Enterprises is a Dallas-based firm that provides education, professional development and political consulting to organizations across the country. Clients include The Nelson Mandela Foundation, KIPP Charter School System, and various political candidates in the Dallas area. He currently serves as chairman of the board of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and was previously executive director of Group Excellence, a mentoring and tutoring company.
Dr. Stephen L. Mansfield, Methodist Health System President & CEO
Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, is president and CEO of Methodist Health System, having assumed the role in 2006. Before joining Methodist, he served seven years as president and CEO of the five-hospital St. Vincent Health System based in Little Rock and held a variety of administrative positions within the Baptist Memorial Health Care System in Memphis for 23 years. Under his guidance, Methodist Health System has doubled in size and experienced the most profitable years in its history.
Ricardo “Rick” Ortiz, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO
Rick Ortiz is the president and CEO of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, working to improve community and business relations for the Hispanic residents of Dallas and improve the city as a whole. Prior to this position, he practiced as an attorney specializing in business and tort litigation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association.
Pat Priest, Dallas Regional Chamber COO/CFO
Pat Priest serves as the COO/CFO for the Dallas Regional Chamber, the area’s leading membership-driven business organization committed to promoting economic prosperity by leading economic development, driving improvements in public education, influencing public policy, and catalyzing and advocating for regional partnerships. Previously she served as CFO of The Kor Group, an investment, development, and management firm specializing in the hospitality and multi-family industries.
Paul Rowsey, Compatriot Capital President & CEO
Paul Rowsey is president and CEO of Compatriot Capital. He The Real Estate Council. Previously he was a founder and the managing partner of E2M Partners, LLC, a sponsor and manager of private real estate equity funds. Prior to forming E2M, he was a founder and president of Eiger Partners, the predecessor to E2M, and the president and a member of the board of directors of Rosewood Property Company, a vertically integrated real estate operating, development and investment company.
Michael Sorrell, Paul Quinn College President
Michael Sorrell is the 34th president of Paul Quinn College. Under his leadership, the school is experiencing one of the greatest turnarounds in the history of higher education, including numerous awards in achievement. His vision is to transform Paul Quinn into a nationally elite small college by focusing on entrepreneurship, innovation, academic rigor and servant leadership. He received his JD and MA in Public Policy from Duke University and is a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania
Kelvin Walker, 21st Century Group, LLC Managing Partner
Kelvin Walker joined 21st Century Group in 1999 and is involved in originating, structuring, executing and monitoring the firm’s investments. He is also responsible for expanding relationships with advisory and financial firms. He serves as a director of Media Source, Inc., Spencer Enterprises and Integrity Packaging. Prior to joining 21st Century Group, he served for six years as a senior vice president of Mesirow Financial and its predecessor firm, Pryor, McClendon, Counts & Co.
Senator Royce West, Texas State Senate - District 23
Royce West has served as a Texas state senator since 1992. His key initiatives include creating college admission opportunities for all students and establishing the University of North Texas at Dallas and a new law school in downtown Dallas. His legislation has created the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center, increased funding for at-risk youth programs, awarded greater compensation to victims of violent crime and provided support for grandparents who raise their grandchildren.