President and CEO
Byron Sanders is a committed advocate for education, economic development, and creating equitable communities throughout Dallas, Texas. As the president and CEO of Big Thought, he works each day to explore innovative ways to narrow the opportunity gap for children. Byron has received myriad awards for his involvement in the community. He has been recognized as a Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau BIG Influencer, in Who’s Who in Black Dallas, Dallas Foundation Good Works Under 40, Innovator in Education from the Alcuin School and as a TEDx speaker. In 2017, he was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar by the program led by the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. In 2018 he received Parkland Foundation’s Community First award.
Byron’s professional expertise spans the fields of banking, education, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Big Thought, Byron also served as vice president for U.S. Trust, the private bank of Bank of America, executive director of the Dallas Education Foundation, and vice president of Group Excellence, a mentoring and tutoring organization serving at-risk K-12 public school students. Byron serves as a board member with Social Venture Partners Dallas, CitySquare, ChildCareGroup, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Park Conservancy, the Mayor’s Star Council and on the United Way’s Community Impact Council. He is a member of Dallas Assembly, Leadership Dallas ’13, Leadership ISD ‘12, Latino Center for Leadership Development Fellows, and several other service engagements. A graduate of the University of Tulsa with a BSBA in marketing, his first love is spending time with his wife and two young children.