Testimonials

BiNi Coleman
Founder and CEO

Leadership is everything. Here's what professionals in the field are saying about 212 Catalysts leader, BiNi Coleman:

"BiNi Coleman is one the most well-informed and dedicated professionals in the social services field that I've had the pleasure to work with.  I have worked with her since 2005, and she has been at the forefront of innovative research-based best practices that is well reflected in the work currently underway in our community."

 

Deborah E. Britton (2019)

Chief Deputy

Travis County Health and Human Services

"BiNi leads with compassion, motivation, and determination to make a real difference, and yet is highly practical and works to make it easy, efficient and enjoyable for a busy professional with a demanding schedule to participate in a way that leads to positive results. It seems like wherever she gets involved, magic happens, which can be credited to her great care and respect for people and process."

 

Dr. Adrain Johnson (2019)

Former Associate Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency

Current Superintendent Hearne ISD

"BiNi’s knowledge of the nonprofit and educational landscapes is unsurpassed. What’s more, she uses that knowledge to arrive at practical and impactful solutions to drive positive change. I always know I can count on her guidance and expertise to support the individuals, organizations, and communities we serve in the best way possible."

 

Virginia Potter (2019)

Portfolio Director, Central Texas

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation 

 

"I have worked with BiNi Coleman over the last 8 years, both in my capacity as a school trustee and as a Rundberg community advocate.  BiNi brings a wealth of experience in community building and strategic planning to any project she is associated with.  She is dedicated to finding and using data and best practices, and she has a heart for what is best for people and communities."

 

Ann Teich (2019)

Trustee, Austin Independent School District

Restore Rundberg Team Member

 

 

“It’s fun to recall the first time we met. You were dynamic and outgoing, a take-charge person and with a big heart of gold…. You understand the issues, the needs of the students and how to connect public and private sector partnerships... This work, plus your experience in the private sector, underscores your skills in putting together innovative approaches to success for students, which in turn expands their economic opportunity and our nation’s education system.”

 

Sandy Dochen (2009)

Manager, IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs

Texas and Oklahoma

 

“Ms. Coleman worked beside me for 10 years and demonstrated the utmost ability to navigate difficult situations. She gained my full trust through her example of honesty, reliability, and doing the right thing when no one was looking. In 1997, she coordinated my fast at East Side Field, which raised over $300K in just seven days so that young people in East Austin would have access to a first-class sports facility…. Her services are valuable, her motive is pure, and her talent and business acumen are extraordinary.”

 

Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson (2009)

Former Dallas Cowboy

Philanthropist

 

 

“BiNi helped to update, format and align policies and procedures documentation for agency asset management, safety and risk management, fleet operations and facilities and support services under my supervision within a three-month time period. She incorporated feedback and input from four different work units and required minimal time to produce more output than was expected in the short time frame, putting our operations ahead of schedule in achieving compliance with agency deliverables and requirements regarding needed manual approval processing. I highly recommend BiNi for her high level of professionalism, efficiency and quality of work.”

 

E. Ann Pierce (2020)

Finance & Administrative Services Deputy Division Director

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

 

 

“BiNi has a unique ability to convey complex materials in a way that is easy to understand, with a calming demeanor to match.”

Patrick Patterson (2019)

The University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Vice President, Longhorn Center for School Partnerships

 

 

"In working with Mrs. Coleman, over the past 13 years, I have much respect for the expertise she has demonstrated in the following areas:  Operational & Business Management, Organizational Strategy & Leadership, Financial & Data Systems/Management, Development and Communication. She led strategy and development efforts to move our nonprofit from an annual budget of around $300K to over $1.2M. Beyond just technical skills, one of the greatest attributes Mrs. Coleman brings to the table is her character:  integrity, honesty, dependability, commitment to helping underserved communities, and her willingness to state her position and challenge inequities."

 

Michael Lofton (2019)

President / CEO / Founder

African American Youth Harvest Foundation

 

"When I stepped in as the new leader of a struggling program. BiNi Coleman provided the insight, support, data, and tools to allow me to Lead Simply – and change the program direction. Her ability to discover the root cause of an issue, to help find solutions that are practical and impactful – allowed our leadership team to put into action systemic changes. What was a program that did not meet the required standard became a model of excellence in great part because of her vision."

 

Fran Smetana (2019)

Former 21st CCLC Project Director

Current Principal, Raye-Allen Elementary School

Temple Independent School District

 

"I connected with BiNi Coleman while she was assisting a statewide coordinating agency through a time of executive transition. In just a few short months of collaboration, Fort Worth SPARC gained strong partnerships at the regional, state and national level with corporate, nonprofit and funding agencies. BiNi doesn’t waste time and produces real action. I highly recommend her to any boards and executive leaders working to achieve their 'next level.'”

 

Tobi Jackson (2019)

1st Vice President and Immediate Past President, Fort Worth Independent School District

Executive Director, Fort Worth SPARC 

"Our organization was fortunate to have BiNi serve as our interim executive director for a year while we transitioned from one permanent leader to the next.  This was a time of significant change for the organization.  BiNi's steady hand was a godsend, as it gave the board the bandwidth to be thoughtful and strategic in its approach.  BiNi's solid understanding of the afterschool landscape, ability to get all things done quickly and efficiently, effectiveness in creating and building relationships and her personal passion for the cause made her not only a highly effective partner, but an absolute delight to work with."

Lisa Proctor (2019)

Senior Manager, Community and Public Affairs, Fluor Corporation 
Immediate Past Board Chair,
Texas Partnership for Out of School Time

"BiNi is the real deal. When I first met BiNi almost 15 years ago, she was overseeing afterschool programs at multiple schools. When an afterschool facilitator was absent and they couldn't find a sub, BiNi would teach the class! She never gives up on students; she never gives up on families. BiNi is competent, caring, and just plain cool. She has authentic credibility and, as I mentioned earlier, she is the real deal."

 

Dr. Jane Ross (2019)

Director, Child Study Systems

Austin Independent School District

“I worked with BiNi for 9 years…she would definitely be considered to be one of the most popular individuals on our leadership team. BiNi has a unique ability to relate to people from diverse cultural backgrounds, which made her so valuable at an operation that annually serves nearly 6,000 youth with diverse racial and cultural backgrounds from coast to coast. She has high moral character and is a person who demonstrates her values in her daily life. Please consider this to be my highest recommendation.”

 

Stephan Moore (2004)

Former Assistant Executive Director

Kids Across America / I'm Third Foundation

"BiNi is an excellent communicator, expert facilitator and skilled leader. She excels in strategy development and the nitty-gritty of project management and implementation. She handles the most complicated situations with ease and calm leadership. She thrives on collaboration and demonstrates the skills and patience necessary to put true collaboration into action – proving time and time again that we can accomplish more working together than we can apart."

Michelle Wallis (2019)

Executive Director of the Office of Innovation and Development and Austin Ed Fund

Austin Independent School District

"With honed strategic planning and facilitation skills, BiNi serves as an effective change agent -- assisting and coaching organizations and collaborations as they address organizational impact and effectiveness, quality improvement, program development and financial management.  She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her work, enabling her to quickly assess a situation and plan for action.  I have witnessed her achieve positive results repeatedly over the past 15 years. It is for this reason, I recommend BiNi Coleman."

 

Shirlene Justice (2019)

Executive Director

Learn All the Time

“Based on over four years of a mutually beneficial relationship we have come to respect and admire Ms. Coleman’s expertise in the area of working with high-need students, working within a school district, grant management and training facilitation. She has assisted us in trouble shooting some challenges involved with working within a school system as well as facilitating training for our staff in order to increase the quality of programming.”

 

Mark A. Kiester (2009)

Former Chief Executive Officer

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area

Inspiring tomorrow's leaders

Beyond working with organizations, BiNi has a long history of equipping and empowering our next generation of leaders....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"On behalf of iSWAG, I would like to say that BiNi is the best! A group of some of my closest friends and I joined the after school organization [iSWAG, in 2011] in hopes of just trying out a program together. We ended up building a better foundation for our future through understanding how to work with others with different personalities than our own. We worked to develop plans and goals to help us get through our high school careers, building a strong platform for our futures after graduation. With this being a group of girls we even developed better team building skills and learning how to work in even the most difficult situations. BiNi provided us with the tools we needed to help us become successful young adults. We will always love her for that and appreciate all she has done and continues to do as a mentor in our lives. Where others can’t get it done, she can definitely make miracles happen. She opened our eyes to a whole new world of possibilities, giving us hope and guidance. Thank you BiNi!"

 

Julia Trejo (2019)

Mentee

International Society for Wealth After Graduation (iSWAG)

Career readiness mentorship program

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