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 Senior 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 Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas, as well as serving on several committees for organizations in Austin including: the Ronald McDonald House, 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 family. Andrew is a life-long Austinite and lives in north Austin with his wife, Mandy, daughter Abigail, and eight year old lab, Bella.
Director of Donor Relations and Planned Giving