Big Thought names Dallas native Byron Sanders as President and CEO

This story originally appeared on NB Herard

Dallas-based education nonprofit Big Thought announced last week that it’s search for a new President and CEO has concluded with the appointment of Byron Sanders in that position. Sanders has been previously involved with the organization as a supporter, volunteer, adviser, partner and board member the NB Herard reports.

Prior to taking this post, Sanders served U.S. Trust as Vice President and Institutional Client Advisor, Dallas Education Foundation as Executive Director and Group Excellence as Executive Vice President, as detailed on his LinkedIn profile.

Sanders told the NB Herard: “Big Thought’s work to close the opportunity gap resonates personally with me… “I grew up in southern Dallas and I benefited from programs very similar to what Big Thought provides to Dallas students. Today we are at a critical juncture. Closing the opportunity gap means that in addition to high-quality education programs that unlock creativity, we also must provide our children with social and emotional learning skills that will prepare them for careers that are yet to be created.”

Big Thought began its search for a new leader after the announcement that former President and CEO, Giselle “Gigi” Antoni, would be taking a role with the Wallace Foundation on May 1, 2017, according to a press release.


Big Thought believes the opportunity gap will only be solved by bringing the right opportunities to the kids who need them most. By connecting like-minded organizations, we customize programs to meet the unique needs of each community we serve. By igniting the imagination and engaging the whole child through accessible educational programs that reinforce core academic curricula, develop 21st century skills and address social and emotional needs, Big Thought is closing the gap – one child at a time. Click here to learn more about Big Thought. publishes every week.
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