Shalini Komarla comes to GlobalAustin with 15+ years of experience in the tech industry. She began her career as a software programmer, advancing to executive leadership positions in various companies including BMC Software, Allianz, and Rackspace. Managing global teams, she gained a lot of international experience and attributes her ability to manage and lead diverse, multinational and multicultural groups to her corporate career.
By serving on the board of directors and working with local non-profits, providing leadership, guidance, strategic planning, and execution around diversity initiatives, Shalini pursued her passion for her community and continued to expand her skills. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Austin Intercultural Network (AIN), a 501(c)3 organization as well as the president of the Westlake High School PTO. Ms Komarla is also the founder of ShaATX, a community based and culturally inspired event management company.
Assoc. Executive Director/International Programs
Pam has been with GlobalAustin since January 2000, but her international experience goes back much further. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she has a B.S. in Education majoring in French with a minor in Broadcasting-Communications and taught high school in Canada. She also has extensive first-hand experience in cross-cultural communication with her husband of over thirty-seven years who is originally from Egypt. Before joining GlobalAustin she worked for over ten years as volunteer computer lab coordinator at Forest North Elementary. Pam has been a frequent presenter on Islam to schools and civic groups. She received an NCIV Award of Appreciation in 2002 for her programming efforts. Pam is the proud parent of three adult children.
Executive Director Emeritus
Margie Kidd began her career in international exchange at The University of Texas at Austin. She retired in 1998, as Director of the International Office, and she and her husband, Richard, became Volunteer Ambassadors for the Texas-Exes while engaging in extensive global travel aboard their trawler, ‘Miss Texas’, visiting UT-Austin alums and former visiting scholars. Mrs. Kidd has been an active member of many professional, civic, and cultural organizations, holding various offices and serving on numerous boards including the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), being a founding member and serving as its President. She has been the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including the Malone Fellowship to Oman and the United Arab Emirates, a grant from the State Education Commission of the People’s Republic of China, two grants from the Republic of China (Taiwan), and a grant from the Fulbright Kommission of the Federal Republic of Germany.