Big Thought Names Byron Sanders New President & CEO

After a six-month, nationwide search, Big Thought (Dallas, TX) has appointed Byron Sanders as its new President & CEO. Sanders joins Big Thought after serving as vice president and institutional client advisor for U.S. Trust where he advised nonprofit institutions on investment management strategy. He previously served as executive director of the Dallas Education Foundation and in 2011, helped lead Group Excellence, an educational services company, which was named the 5th fastest growing education company in the country and featured on the prestigious Inc. 500 list.

Big Thought’s work to close the opportunity gap resonates personally with me,” said Sanders. “I grew up in southern Dallas and I benefited from programs very similar to what Big Thought provides to Dallas students. Today we are at a critical juncture. Closing the opportunity gap means that in addition to high-quality education programs that unlock creativity, we also must provide our children with social and emotional learning skills that will prepare them for careers that are yet to be created,” Sanders explained.

“The future of Dallas is in the hearts, hands and minds of our city’s youth. Byron Sanders has had a passion for our city’s youth for years. I applaud the board’s decision and believe he will lead Big Thought – and our city’s children – into this new era,” said Dallas mayor, Mike Rawlings.

About Big Thought

For 30 years, Dallas-based education nonprofit Big Thought has worked with local and national partners to ensure all students have access to creative learning opportunities that prepare youth for success in work and life. Big Thought brings relentless optimism, innovation and imagination to the biggest problem facing education today: The Opportunity Gap. The organization’s programs and services are designed to make imagination a part of everyday learning, through after-school, in-school and summer learning opportunities. Together with its partners, Big Thought offers students access to personalized, high-quality, creative learning experiences that form the foundation for the crucial job and college readiness skills necessary for the future. Learn more at

Published: January 04, 2018