Meet our Advancement Team
Tara Elgin Holley
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
A development professional with a career of 30 years, Holley serves as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Beginning her fundraising career in the arts and humanities, Holley worked for both the Texas Commission for the Arts and Texas Council for the Humanities. She has held the senior fundraising positions at Museum of Photographic Arts, (MOPA) San Diego, ArtPace, San Antonio and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRHRC) at the University of Texas, Austin. Independent consulting led her to WDC where she consulted for Appleseed Foundation. Prior to returning to Texas she served as fundraising consultant and Senior Counsel for Custom Development Solutions where she led several multi-million dollar campaigns. As a student she studied and performed early music and musicology in Europe. A published author of an award-winning personal memoir, she holds the Master of Musicology degree from the University of Texas. Tara has 4 grown children: a son and a daughter and 2 step-daughters.
Senior Director of Annual Fund & Alumni Relations
Andrew West serves as the Director of Annual Fund & Alumni Relations for Southwest. In this role, Andrew oversees annual fundraising and alumni activities for the institution as well as supporting other campaigns and projects in the Office of Advancement. Before joining the team at Southwest, Andrew worked for the Long Center for the Performing Arts for five years as a development officer and was part of a fundraising team that raised $82M to construct and open the facility. After leaving the Long Center, he joined the staff of Heart House Austin in 2011 as the Development Director, overseeing all fundraising activities as well as a rebranding of the organization to The BeHive. Andrew is passionate about his community and volunteer service. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Sinfonia Educational Foundation's Board of Trustees as well as serving on several committees for organizations in Austin including: Leadership Austin, Greater Austin Chapter of AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and is a founding member of Austin Young Fundraisers. His passions outside of the office include cooking, wine, friends, family, reading and traveling with his wife. Andrew is a life-long Austinite and lives in south Austin with his wife, Mandy, and their six year old lab, Bella.
Director of Donor Relations and Planned Giving
Daniel began as a student at Southwest in 2008 and joined the Institutional Advancement team as an employee one year later. Before joining Southwest Daniel worked in development at the University of Texas. Daniel also has a background in social media strategy and has spoken at three SXSW Interactive conferences on the topic. Daniel is an alum of the Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation and is now a License Marriage and Family Therapy Associate with a focus on working with couples.
Since joining the seminary he has worked in various roles including donor relations coordinator and database systems & support analyst. Daniel is currently the department's development associate. Daniel and his wife, Leslie, just celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary and have two young daughters, Camilla and Violet. Daniel is passionate about ecological sustainability and is a founding board member of Farmshare Austin, a non-profit focused on providing instruction for aspiring farmers and local, organic produce to Austin's needy. Daniel and his family grow vegetables and raise chickens on their own tiny urban farm in north Austin.