Board of Directors

Jean Boone

Chair

Jean Boone is a retired Justice of the Peace from Waco. She was the first Black woman elected in that capacity in McLennan County, where she served for 14 years. She has worked tirelessly with community-based organizations, volunteering with vulnerable populations within her church and community. In 2019, she served as a volunteer co-facilitator for Truth Be Told’s Talk to Me Writing program at the STRIVE Center, housed within the Mountain View Women’s Unit in Gatesville.

Because of her experience as a volunteer facilitator for Truth Be Told, Jean chose to apply for the organization’s Board of Directors. Being a formerly incarcerated woman and a survivor of the federal mass incarceration experience, she felt her perspective would enable her to engage with the board in a meaningful manner.

She is an avid community and social justice activist for underserved communities. Previously, she has served on the boards of Neighbor Works, a Waco-based nonprofit whose mission is to build stronger neighborhoods through homeownership, and the Heart of Texas Community Health Center, an organization that ensures high-quality, equitable health care for all.

Jean is a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s degree in education from Texas Southern University. She is a certified Texas Master Gardener and a Special Olympics fan. She enjoys playing Scrabble and reading.


Bridget O’Shaughnessy

Bridget O’Shaughnessy is an assistant district attorney in the Special Victims Unit at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to this, she was an associate attorney and mediator at O’Toole Atwell PC, where she focused on business and contract disputes, guardianship, and family law specializing in domestic violence matters and Title IX. Bridget also once served as a staff attorney at Texas Advocacy Project, where she represented and counseled survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking regarding protective orders. For Texas Advocacy Project, she led trauma-informed education and outreach efforts to women’s shelters, law enforcement, government agencies and universities with a focus on Title IX. She earned her law degree from Texas Tech University in May 2015.


Rodney Northern

Rodney Northern is a seasoned business builder with a unique blend of strategic vision, organizational leadership, financial acumen and a “get ‘er done” mentality. During his corporate tenure, he has led billion-dollar businesses, created more than $15 billion of sustainable innovation businesses and managed multimillion-dollar budgets for many well-known consumer brands, to include Miller Brewing Company, Tyson Foods Inc. and Coca-Cola Company. Today, Rodney runs Nucleus Group, a consulting practice that focuses on business operations, leadership development, and organizational alignment and transformation. He is also a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin, where he instructs students on innovation and entrepreneurship processes and scale.

Born in Kansas and raised in Southern California, Rodney has called Austin home for the past 10 years. He received his bachelor of science degree in economics from the University of California. He earned his master of business administration degree with an emphasis in corporate finance and marketing management at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.