A seasoned social entrepreneur, Margo’s diverse ventures focus on the nexus of entrepreneurship and social mission.
Margo is a principal at City Lights Group, a strategy and communications firm that focuses on social impact. The firm devises and implements a variety of projects that foster vibrant cities.
Previously, Margo served as the Executive Director of PeopleFund, a loan fund and (CDFI) from its infancy in 1995 through 2010. PeopleFund has invested over $30 million in jobs, green technologies and affordable homes in underserved communities. She has also reviewed New Market Tax Credit applications for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Margo has played a prominent role in policy advocacy. She has authored editorials and reports, including the chapter Small Business and Entrepreneurship for “The NEXT American Opportunity: Good Policies for a Great America.” Margo served as Chairwoman for the Austin Mayor’s Small Business Task Force.
Margo has received extensive recognition for her work. Highlights include:
- 2010 Award for Exceptional Executive Leadership, the Austin Community Foundation
- 2006 “Profiles in Power” winner, Austin Business Journal
- 2004 Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award
- 2003 “Austinite of the Year”, Austin Under 40 Awards.
Margo has served widely as a community leader. She was a founder of PeopleTrust, Texas’ first land trust for affordable housing and has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including the National CDFI Coalition and the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations.
Margo is a frequent speaker at conferences including Opportunity Finance Network, National Association of Small Foundations, and The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She also taught a class on Social Enterprise at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
Margo is a native of the Bay Area and received her B.A. from Colorado College and her M.P.A. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at University of Texas. She and her husband, architect Gregory Brooks, are the parents of 7-year-old Ben.