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A Big Hello From GOOD Dallas

Dallas, TX. It's the biggest little city that could—with the most amazing little-known facts, like having the largest arts district in the...

Dallas, TX. It's the biggest little city that could—with the most amazing little-known facts, like having the largest arts district in the country, a park we built out of thin air, a neighborhood with the world's largest collection of art deco architecture, art and sculpture, and a giant river that we physically moved more than eight decades back that's now on its way to being an unrivaled urban oasis.

It's a city with a giant creative culture—where nothing is impossible. Dallas is a metropolis of big ideas with small town hearts. It's where optimism and opportunity meet. Where steady industry, boundless creativity and effective philanthropy come together to build on the work of the city's past do-gooders and the initiative and moxie of present good-doers—to engage each other in events and activities designed to fuel a new renaissance of positive change in Dallas. Join us in the excitement of moving Dallas forward even further.

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Meet the Team

Mark Lea

Doing Good And Taking Names

I'm a third-generation Dallasite, and the stories my grandparents told me are what developed my love for the city. I studied Finance, Economics, and Real Estate at Emory University in Atlanta, graduating in 2009. After college, I went into commercial real estate finance, working for the real estate arm of hedge-fund, but my volunteer work was where my passion was—most notably my involvement in the revitalization of Elmwood, Oak Cliff (my grandparents' first neighborhood together). While still heavily involved with Elmwood, I now work as a Community Designer at bcWORKSHOP, a local nonprofit that uses public design to empower neighborhoods in Dallas. I am a member of Leadership DISD's Class of 2013 and a volunteer with countless other organizations, including in leadership roles with Preservation Dallas's young professionals group—Urban Armadillos—and the DFW Emory Alumni Chapter.

Patrick McDonnell

City Future Memory

Hi! I'm the Co-founder and Creative Director of Revolutionary Pants, a nonprofit dedicated to DIY urbanism, creative-placemaking, re-thinking the human habitat, and havin’ fun. From going the legit route to tactical urbanism, we demonstrate and teach people how to use the city to improve their quality of life. I LOVE what I do! This past year, I was named to the Next City Vanguard class of 2012, as one of the top 40 under 40 urban leaders across the country. In December, I was named the Vice President of the Association for Community Design. I am also a contributing writer to Next City and GOOD. I love making videos, taking pictures, designing, urbanism, learning about new cities and meeting everyone! Nice to meet you, let’s be friends!

Frances Yllana

In Love With Awesome

I'm an artist, agency Creative Director, writer, VP of AIGA DFW, former full-time (and sometimes adjunct) design professor, yogini and student of life. I graduated cum laude from the University of North Texas with a BFA in Communication Design in 2001, and since then have been working for some of Dallas’s most reputable design & ad firms on projects ranging from print design to social media. My day job is fueled and inspired by my participation in forward-moving organizations like D Magazine’s Leadership Academy, Big Read Dallas 2013, the Dallas Parks Foundation, Art Conspiracy 2011, AIGA DFW + its Design For Good projects, mentoring programs and 2012 and 2013 Design Weeks as well as my very own Good For Grasshopper—a nonprofit organization and website for design students and new graduates making the transition into the “real world.” I was incredibly inspired by the enthusiasm I saw when I helped lead and orchestrate Dallas's GOOD Ideas For Cities project in 2012, and I look forward to bringing more GOOD to light in Dallas.

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