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Katie Robbins

President and CEO, Hoblitzelle Foundation
Board of Trustees
Favorite quote
"When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind."
— Wonder By Rj Palacio
Favorite Aspect of CFT
"I am thrilled to be serving alongside the talented staff and volunteers at CFT. A strong community foundation serves as a convenor of donors and nonprofits to increase the effectiveness of giving and service delivery to make lasting, positive change in the community. This was never more evident than during the pandemic, when CFT was instrumental in creating North Texas Cares."

Katie Robbins is president and CEO of Hoblitzelle Foundation, a foundation established in 1942 by Karl and Esther Hoblitzelle. The foundation supports specific capital projects which help nonprofit organizations acquire the tools, facilities, and footing needed to pursue their varied missions. Since its inception, the Hoblitzelle Foundation has approved more than 4,000 grants, investing over $252 million in social service, cultural, educational, medical, preservation, and civic organizations of Texas. Both Katie’s father, Paul W. Harris, and grandfather, Lynn Harris, served in similar roles at Hoblitzelle Foundation.

Prior to joining Hoblitzelle Foundation, Katie spent over 20 years in nonprofit finance and accounting. She started her career in public accounting and then worked at the national headquarters of the American Heart Association. In 2001, she moved to the independent school sector, and from 2005 to 2016 served as the director of finance and human resources at Greenhill School in Dallas.

Katie grew up in Dallas. She earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Texas A&M University and an MBA from SMU. Katie has two sons — one in college at University of Arkansas and one who attends a local high school.


Katie has been involved in community activities for many years. She is a past board member of the Junior League of Dallas and continues to serve the JLD as an endowment trustee and on the finance advisory committee. She is a lifetime board member of Parkland Foundation where she previously served as board chair and continues to serve on the finance committee.

Katie serves on the board of trustees of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, The Florence Foundation, Philanthropy Southwest, Southwestern Medical Foundation, and The Arts Community Alliance (TACA).

She is a member of Charter 100, the Dallas Assembly, the Crystal Charity Ball advisory council, the Linz Award nominating committee, and the Early Matters Dallas advisory board. She is the former audit committee chair for the American Council on Exercise.

Katie’s Favorites
Dallas is a mosaic, where every tile is important to the entirety of the image. Therefore, all causes and cultural assets have an important role to play in the success of our city. 
Place to take out-of-towners
Mi Cocina at Klyde Warren Park or a local sports game
Spending time with friends and family, anything that involves being active

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