Austin, TX  March 18, 2021 – Upbring, a Texas-based nonprofit working to break the cycle of child abuse, promoted Mary Katherine Matalon to Vice President of Development Operations, effective February 24, 2021.

“During her tenure at Upbring, Mary Katherine has been a light to the organization, consistently demonstrating her warmth, grace and leadership in all pursuits,” said Donna Palmer, Upbring’s Chief External Relations Officer. “Mary Katherine will continue to be a valuable leader in our organization as we work to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.”

As Vice President of Development Operations, Mary Katherine is responsible for fundraising, events and grant writing, as well as donor, volunteer and corporate relationships. She joined Upbring as a Grant Writer in 2015, was promoted to Manager of Foundation Relations in the fall of 2017, and then transitioned into the role of Director of Grants and Foundation Relations before assuming her current position as Vice President of Development Operations in 2021. During her tenure at Upbring, Mary Katherine has annually raised more than $1 million for the organization, managed a portfolio with an average of 16 foundations and supervised two full-time staff members who have annually submitted 40 grants to foundations and government agencies.

The 2021 Upbring Senior Leadership Team consists of four Chief Officers and eight Executives. To view Senior Leadership biographies—including previous roles and experience, as well as current job descriptions and headshots—visit

About Upbring
Inspired by faith and compelled by compassion, we’re answering the call to defeat abuse. With more than 1,000 employees who serve in one of our 81 locations across Texas, Upbring is a leading nonprofit child wellbeing organization in the state. Foster care and education are at the forefront of our work, joined by other vital mission-oriented programs under the same mission: to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. With our partners, we deliver services that produce measurable progress toward five key markers of every child’s wellbeing: safety, life skills, education, health and vocation.

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