Byron Sanders

Placed Leader

Byron Sanders

President and CEO
Big Thought

January 30, 2018

Koya partnered with Big Thought on its President and CEO search. Big Thought is one of Dallas’ most respected youth development and education nonprofits, that works with partners across the city to provide creative learning programs that enrich the lives of youth from communities with the greatest need.

Our work with Big Thought resulted in the placement of Byron Sanders.


Byron Sanders is a committed advocate for education, economic development, and creating equitable communities throughout Dallas, Texas. As the President and CEO of Big Thought, he works each day to explore innovative ways to narrow the opportunity gap for children.

Sanders is a recipient of the 2014 Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders and 40 Under 40 awards. He has also been recognized as a Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau BIG Influencer, in Who’s Who in Black Dallas, and as a TEDx speaker. In 2017, he was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar by the program led by the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Lyndon B. Johnson. In 2018 he received Parkland Foundation’s Community First Award.

Sanders’ professional expertise spans the fields of banking, education, philanthropy, and entrepreneurism. Previous positions include Vice President for U.S. Trust, the private bank of Bank of America; Executive Director of the Dallas Education Foundation; and Vice President of Group Excellence, a mentoring and tutoring organization serving at-risk K-12 public school students. Sanders serves as a board member with KIPP DFW, Children at Risk, the Mayor’s Star Council, and is the education co-chair of the WINS South Dallas Collective Impact initiative. He is also a member of Dallas Assembly, Leadership Dallas ’13, Leadership ISD ‘12, Greenhill Alumni Board, and several other service engagements.

Sanders is a graduate of the University of Tulsa with a BSBA in Marketing.