Board Member-at-Large Ryan Barden moved to Austin in 1997 to pursue a career in finance. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas, and he is happy to talk Jayhawk basketball with anyone who will listen. In 2006 he and his brother founded Barden Capital Management, which provides wealth management and investment advice for individuals, corporations, and organizations. Ryan became involved with the fight against domestic violence through his wife, Rachael, who is an LCSW who has worked at SafePlace, Texas Child Protective Services and now has her own therapy practice.
Ryan and Barden Capital have been supporters of AFSSA for several years, so he didn’t hesitate when he was invited to share his financial expertise and management skills as a board member. Ryan’s most recent non-profit experience is as a founder of Austin Greyhound Adoption. He and Rachael have a daughter and a son, with whom they share their appreciation of international travel. Ryan loves Austin for its live music, great golf courses, its evolving food scene, and most of all, for its sense of community.
Caroline Tang, Co-Board President, 2018
Co-Board President, Caroline Tang is an attorney practicing immigration law in the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins. She has spent a decade helping multinational corporations navigate and apply U.S. immigration policy, helping immigrants secure better lives. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Austin Asian American Bar Association. She is also actively involved with the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Austin and was a member of the Leadership Austin Emerge Class of 2015. Caroline graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies and received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. A native of Katy, Texas, she has lived in Austin since 2007, and she and her husband have two young sons. A native of Katy, Texas, she has lived in Austin since 2008, and she and her husband have two young sons. Caroline is a foodie, who enjoys travel and musical theater in her spare time.