Contact CAN Staff

Mailing address:
Allan Elementary
4900 Gonzales Street, Room 111
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: 512-414-0323
Email: See below.

Mary Dodd Interim Executive Director

Mary Dodd


Mary Dodd has served as the Assistant Director for Community Advancement Network since February 2008. She has facilitated a Steering Committee of local experts to develop a Community Dashboard of 16 key socio-economic indicators of the health and well-being of Austin and Travis County.

Ms. Dodd facilitates and provides staff support to the CAN Community Council and to other CAN Work Groups. Ms. Dodd writes CANews, an email newsletter that is published monthly highlighting research, reports and opportunities to participate in community planning. She is also the key writer for other CAN publications, including the annual Community Dashboard report and the CAN End of Year report

Ms. Dodd has previously worked as Executive Director of Austin Area Research Organization,a business-oriented, nonpartisan think tank of regional leaders in Central Texas. She facilitated the Health Care Industry Steering Committee and the Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry Steering Committee as an Industry Liaison with Capital Area Training Foundation. She has worked in fund development and communications for The Austin Project and UT Elementary Charter school. Ms. Dodd is a trained facilitator and has a B.A. degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She began her career as a television reporter and news anchor.

Kevin Paris Research Analyst

Kevin Paris


Kevin Paris is a research assistant with the Community Advancement Network. He provides research support for the CAN Community Dashboard ( and CAN Work Plan initiatives, including CAN’s “State of the Safety Net” project and Community Council. Kevin began interning with CAN as a graduate student during the summer of 2012, then joined the staff full time in June of 2013. He received his BA in Political Science and Economics from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and a Master of Public of Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to returning to graduate school, he worked as an elementary school teacher in rural Arkansas as part of the Teach for America program. Kevin is also an Eagle Scout.

Hannah Brown Program Coordinator

Hannah Brown


Hannah Brown joined the CAN staff in January 2014 as a Research Assistant. Hannah received her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees from Baylor University School of Social Work. Prior to joining CAN, Hannah worked as the Hunger Ministry Coordinator for the Waco Regional Baptist Association and as a church social worker in Waco, TX.

Michael Danburg Web Site Developer

Michael Danburg

Email: Click here for Email Address

Michael Danburg joined the CAN staff in March 2013. He received a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre & Dance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 and subsequently studied Computer Programming at Austin Community College.

In addition to his work with CAN, Michael frequently works in the arenas of theater and film and spends as much time with his daughters as he can.

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