Who We Are

Ausannette García-Goyette

Senior Program Officer, Early Childhood & Reproductive Health and Justice

First Year with IHF


Focus Areas

Reproductive Justice, Birth Justice, Early Childhood Policy, Advocacy and Systems-Building, Maternal-Child Health


M.P.P., University of Chicago
B.A. in Government, University of Texas at Austin

Ausannette García-Goyette (she/her/hers) is a Senior Program Officer at the Irving Harris Foundation, advancing and strengthening intersectional grantmaking across Early Childhood and Reproductive Justice. In her role, she leads a portfolio of Birth Justice grants, and helped to create and steward the Foundation’s first internal equity committee. Growing up on the South Texas border fueled her dedication to public service and social justice, which has guided her career serving communities abroad and in the U.S. through education, cultural exchange, and community development.

Ausannette was a 2021 Hispanics in Philanthropy’s Líderes Fellow and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Women Employed. She led the development of the Illinois Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (RHRJ) funders group, has co-led the Illinois Early Childhood Funders group, and served on the planning committee of Funders for Reproductive Equity’s BIPOC Learning Community and other strategy and annual meetings. Previously, she participated in the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Women of Color United Giving Council and Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Virtual Art of Leadership.

Ausannette holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where she was a Harris Scholar and served as Vice-President of Minorities in Public Policy Studies, on the Elevate UChicago board, and as an Institute of Politics Leaders of Color mentor. Ausannette is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (China 12-14) and enjoys cuddling her fluffy pets.