Panhandle Disaster Relief Fund

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Chris Bugbee

President & CEO

Chris Bugbee

In October 2019, Chris Bugbee was appointed by the Governor of Texas to serve as President & CEO of OneStar Foundation and OneStar National Service Commission.  Prior to this role, Chris served as Chief Operating Officer at OneStar, serving in an executive leadership role with oversight over OneStar’s key programmatic initiatives, including AmeriCorps*Texas, AmeriCorps VISTA, Disaster Services, and the Rebuild Texas Fund, as well as oversight of financial, budget and human resource functions. He also oversaw implementation of the Texas Faith-Based and Community Initiative, including statewide efforts to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Texas.

Before joining OneStar in 2006, Chris was appointed to serve in Washington as Deputy Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also served at the White House as Associate Director in the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and as a Senior Intergovernmental Officer for the U.S. Secretary of Labor.

During his time at the White House, Chris was responsible for overseeing the implementation of several of the President’s key State of the Union initiatives, a prisoner reentry program and a program designed to provide mentoring for children of prisoners.

In 2008, Chris was selected by the Governor of Texas to participate in the Governor’s Executive Development Program, a leadership program for top executives in state government. In July 2014, Chris was recognized as a finalist for the Austin Business Journal’s “Best Nonprofit CFO/COO” Award.

Chris is a native Texan and holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural development from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in public service and administration from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. Chris is married and currently resides in Austin with his wife Heidii and two sons, Braden and Brant.

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