A native of South Carolina and Florida, Emily Austin found her way to the City of Angels through her passion for the arts, film and television. She lived her dreams while working in entertainment marketing for studios such as Paramount, Sony and Disney. She was extremely smart, a skilled artist, and most importantly a wonderful friend. She was fascinated with the “possibilities” around her and craved learning new things every day. It was rare to see her without a book in hand, or a Film/TV series playing. She was a huge fan of science fiction and wanted to be on the wait list for the first trip to Mars.
Emily had a great compassion and empathy for people in need, especially homeless families and children. In honor of this glorious girl, “The Emily Austin Project” has been created.
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Executive Director, Catherine Meek, has overseen the growth of School on Wheels from a small, local nonprofit serving 400 students with 300 volunteers to one that works with over 1,800 volunteers tutoring 3,100 students in six counties in Southern California. She started as the first volunteer in Skid Row, becoming increasingly involved in day-to-day operations with Agnes Stevens and was elected Executive Director in 2009.
Catherine believes that education is a right of every child and an economic imperative for our society, especially for homeless students if they are to break the cycle of extreme poverty and know that their lives can improve through education.
Catherine was named one of 10 Women of Worth in the U.S. in 2012 and has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the Gold Level for the past five years.
Catherine’s prior experience included organization planning and strategic compensation consulting roles. She spent 16 years as President of her own firm (Meek and Associates), 12 years as Vice President and Principal of Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby, and two years as Managing Principal at Sibson & Company.
Catherine was a designated expert resource for The Executive Committee group of Chief Executive Officers and is one of a few individuals to receive their prestigious 200 Club Award. Her articles and book contributions have appeared in a wide range of publications and she has been a frequent speaker and seminar leader.
Catherine holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.