ChangeMaker Finalist: Beth Coffey


Beth Coffey

Business Development for The Hay Legal Group

Beth Coffey is the consummate community activist. Her resume of volunteerism and community involvement reads like a fairy tale, or a super hero novel. She is one of those folks who just “gets it all done”, and she inspires others at every turn. She has an aura that exudes joy and a genuine love of life. Her laugh is infectious, and when she invites you to join her in her latest “help the community” project of the week, you will feel left out of the most important thing in the world if you don’t join her. Coffey is a busy, full-time Business Development Officer with Hay Legal Group, and has focused her career on social media marketing and referral-based lead generation, but remarkably has found time over the last decade volunteer with nearly three dozen non-profit organizations and to win prestigious contests, invitations, and accolades for her love of dance. Balancing work, life, dance, volunteerism, and community involvement is a lesson we could all learn from Coffey.

She has served in the capacity of volunteer for fundraising events throughout Austin, including Big Hearts for Brave Hearts, Wonders & Worries’ Que Maravilla, Seedling Foundation’s Sporting Clays Shoot, Junior League of Austin’s A Christmas Affair and Coats for Kids, Down Home Ranch’s annual gala, St. Jude’s Lonestar’s & Angel’s event, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year, and Umlauf Sculpture Garden Party.

She is part of the team at Hay Legal Group that has raised nearly $50K for St. Jude’s through their Annual Burnt Orange Benefit Tailgate event. In addition, she is an active volunteer for Stillwater Sports Camps, Barton Hills Elementary School, and Hospice Austin.

Coffey has run the Cap 10K to benefit SafePlace and the Turkey Trot to benefit Caritas of Austin. She has gathered a team of people to clean up Pease Park after a storm, and she is a long-term mentor for two middle school girls, including introducing them to volunteerism, the theater, and arranging scholarships for them to attend summer camps.

She has been a long-time member of the Junior League of Austin, and is an active member of many community organizations, including Austin Young Chamber, Leadership Austin, Cajun French Music Association, Austin Samba School, St. Edwards Masters in Organizational Leadership and Ethics Alumni, and Austin Mortgage Bankers Association.

Coffey is passionate about giving back to the community, and she is just as passionate about sharing her love of dance. Coffee proudly supports Austin’s artists and musicians by frequently performing two-stepping exhibitions gratis in locally-owned venues. She teaches Cajun and Zydeco dance at the University of Texas continuing education department. She is a Partner in Dancin Austin, a studio teaching a variety of dance lessons and movement therapy. She is the winner of many awards and accolades, including The 2015 Two-Step Dance Contest at Gruene Hall that was televised on The Bachelorette. Coffey was also featured on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon during their live taping of Willie Nelson at the Long Center during their weeklong remote coverage in Austin the week of the 2015 ACL music festival. She was a featured dancer in music videos for Gumbo Ce Soir and Loves It. She performs regularly with Austin Samba School, and offers free Zydeco dance lessons weekly at the Whitehorse. Coffey also performs for the Playhouse Singers, a group that sings and dances weekly at assisted living facilities throughout Austin.

Coffey is a native Texan. She grew up in San Angelo, and spends many vacations at her family ranch in Marfa. She has been a proud South Austinite since 2004. She received a B.A. in Theatre Arts, with a minor in Journalism and Communication, from Angelo State University and a Teaching Certificate from The University of Mary Hardin Baylor. She is a 2008 graduate of St. Edward’s University, with a Masters in Organizational Leadership and Ethics, and a Mediation Certificate

As a member of Austin Young Chamber of Commerce, she serves on the Community Committee seeking connections between Austin’s young business professionals and ways to implement community stewardship.

Beth is a proud aunt, and looks forward to her wedding this year to local guitar player, Joe Jerkins.

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