Bruce H. Esterline, Meadows Foundation

TITLE:  Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Grants

FOCUS AREAS: Arts and culture, civic and public affairs, education, health, and human services, environment, public education, and mental health.

CONTACT:  214-826-9431, besterline@mfi.org

PROFILE: Bruce Esterline has been the VP for grants at the Meadows Foundation since November 1983. He is responsible for a grants budget of approximately $20 million annually. In this role, he manages the grants process, provides recommendations to the CEO and Board of Directors, and manages the staff of the grants department.

Here are a few other facts about Esterline:

  • Board Member of the OneStar Foundation
  • Commissioner to the Texas Supreme Court's Permanent Committee on Children and Families
  • Board Member of the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation
  • Past board member of various nonprofit agencies in Texas

 Esterline’s “Texas Non Profits” bio shares:

Bruce Esterline has had a 28-year career in the government and nonprofit sectors. After ten years in state government and running a nonprofit organization in Austin, in 1983 he joined the Meadows Foundation as a Program Officer working as a member of the Grants Department.

In 1992, he was elected Vice President for Grants for the Meadows Foundation. From this position he oversees the process of reviewing grant applications and preparing recommendations for the Foundation's President and Board of Directors.

Last year the Foundation evaluated 2,000 grant applications and awarded approximately 220 grants totaling $33 million dollars to nonprofit organizations across the State of Texas.

Mr. Esterline earned a B.A. in History from Stanford University and a M.A. from the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Bruce met his wife, Diana, at the LBJ School. The family lived in Austin until 1983 when they moved to Dallas so that Bruce could join the Meadows Foundation.

Bruce's two daughters, both of whom graduated from UT-Austin, currently reside in Austin.