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Founder / Director
Entrepreneur, educator, and track and field olympian homegrown from the Sunny Side community in Houston Texas. She received her high school diploma from Westbury and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a BA in Communications. In 2015 she founded The Raasin in the Sun Non Profit Organization to pursue a life long passion to serve community through urban beautification.
Lead by a humanitarian drive to change the world for the better, her daily mantra motivates the mission "Rise and Shine" and “Be the Light Today for a Brighter Tomorrow.” These days you'll find her dedicated to community service, biking around the city, attending local music and art events, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Proud mother of five amazing super humans, happily married wife to one lucky man, and Real Estate Geek in the Great City of Austin!!! Firm believer in GOD, The Golden Rule, and "where there's a will there's a way". Austinite by a thirty-three year initiation, future Master in Business Administration and lover of all that is good. Frances enjoys raising super humans, adventuring through life with her husband, Oscar, "real estating" gardening and reading.... exactly in that order.
-"The do-gooder in me thrives when I know I am making a positive impact on someone's daily life." Rise and Shine to the occasion!
Ericka Herod is a veteran Graphic designer / Creative Director. By the way of Los Angeles, California calling Austin, Texas her home since 2008. Graduating top of her class from The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in Graphic design. She has worked for top advertising agencies in Los Angeles. Ericka has also worked for Trace Magazine New York/London from 2003-2009 where she had the chance to work with top photographers, journalist, artist, and music icons.
Since 2008 she has worked for local Texas advertising agency before stepping out into the technology realm in 2012. She currently holds 2 positions as Creative Director in the tech industry. Whether she's creating branding for non-profits or helping companies find their voice, Ericka is known for building relationships with organizations and individuals. P.S. Ericka is also a conductor of sound in Austin Texas music culture since 2010 also-known as DJ I WANNA BE HER
Interning Director Assistant
Artist, social advocate, and animal lover from Austin, Texas who graduated from Gonzalo Garza Independent High school in East Austin, where her passion for community started. She is currently at St.Edwards finishing her BA in sociology and fine arts.
Bryana has worked with other non profits including pump project, healing with horses, and foundation communities. She believes “beautification” of communities bridges gaps in spaces where it’s needed the most.
“Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.” Karl Marx