ABC Staff

Syed Ali Haider

Executive Director

Ali received his MFA in fiction from Texas State University. He taught English at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, where he developed the curriculum for the school’s introductory Creative Writing elective. While living in Texas, he has run summer writing camps and taught workshops in Austin and Corpus Christi. His writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, Cimarron Review, and Juked. Roxane Gay selected his essay “Porkistan” for publication on The Butter. He is currently working on a novel about Detroit.  

Contact: ali@austinbatcave.org 

Heather Jones

Program Director

Heather is a Licensed Master Social Worker with an MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College. Prior to joining Austin Bat Cave, she worked with various local nonprofits, including Communities in Schools of Central Texas at Manor High School and Garza High School and the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue.

Contact: heather@austinbatcave.org

Leticia Urieta

Regional Program Manager

Leticia Urieta is proud Tejana writer from Austin, TX. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and holds an MFA in Fiction writing from Texas State University. She is currently at work on her novel that tells the story of a Mexican soldadera caught up in the march to Texas during Texas’ war with Mexico. She has been a teacher and teaching artist in the greater Austin area for ten years and loves working with folks to help them tell their stories.

Contact: leticia@austinbatcave.org

Tammy Beard 

Grants Manager

Tammy traces her development work back to Chicago’s nonprofit literacy field. Before joining ABC, Tammy served as the Director of Development at 826CHI.

Contact: tammy@austinbatcave.org

Emily Chammah

Development Associate

Emily has worked as a ghostwriter, editor, bookseller, and immigration paralegal. In 2019, as a Fulbright Fellow in creative writing, she conducted research for a novel in Amman, Jordan. She is an assistant editor at American Short Fiction, where she co-organizes The Insider Prize, a contest for incarcerated writers in Texas. She first volunteered for Austin Bat Cave in 2012.

Contact: emily@austinbatcave.org

Xochitl Gonzalez

Executive Assistant

Xochitl is an Austin native and lives with her two dogs. Her first experience with a nonprofit was Austin Bat Cave, and it was so impactful she decided to major in business and pursue a career in the industry of giving back. Working as an intern for the people who started it all for her is a dream come true. 




General Contact:

Austin Bat Cave
PO Box 4762
Austin, TX, 78765
Email: info@austinbatcave.org
Tel: 512-522-8489


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