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Nadine Dechausay is the Director of Community Philanthropy at Communities Foundation of Texas. She leads strategic grantmaking for the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation fund, which is dedicated to making transformative investments in education, public safety, and health. Her passion is for guiding groups toward innovative solutions using techniques that build empathy, spark creativity, and embrace data.

Prior to joining CFT in 2018, Nadine was Senior Research Associate at MDRC, a social policy research firm, where she directed the Center for Applied Behavioral Science and managed several national and local evaluations. She has published implementation research findings, and spoken widely on topics related to behavioral economics, incentives, and evidence-based policymaking. She is an expert in design thinking who has helped nonprofit leaders innovate by applying behavioral insights and leveraging new technologies. Ms. Dechausay is A.B.D. in Sociology at New York University. She holds a J.D. with honours, and M.A. degrees in Criminology and Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. She has undergraduate degrees in Education and Human Biology from Brown University.

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Nadine currently serves on the Texas Health Resources Foundation Board. She was elected to the Texas Health Resources Community Impact Dallas/Rockwall Leadership Council, and was recently selected to be Designer in Residence for SMU's Master of Arts in Design and Innovation, Fall 2020.

Joined CFT


Favorite Aspect of CFT

"CFT is infused with a sense of service and mission. We succeed when changemakers in the social sector have strong capacity and the resources to make their visions real. I love being part of the team that stands behind great things that are happening in the community."

Favorite Quote

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

— Martin Luther King Jr.