The Deep Ellum Foundation operates as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation managing public and private funds within the community to advance the interests of the neighborhood as a whole and achieve a sustainable growth trajectory for the district now and into the future.

At the Deep Ellum Foundation, we collectively envision a Deep Ellum neighborhood that is safe, secure, inviting, connected to surrounding districts and is a true live, work, play environment that simultaneously embodies an authentic, unique and vibrant community. To achieve this vision, DEF serves to maintain, enhance and advocate on behalf of the Deep Ellum neighborhood. We do this by a) connecting and informing stakeholders, b) providing public safety services, c) maintaining and improving the built environment, d) marketing and promoting the area, and e) cultivating core assets including art, music, culture, entrepreneurship, and diversity that continuously spur the community to thrive. 

For more information, please visit our website.


Board Officers:

President, Jon Hetzel

Vice President, Cash Harbaugh

Secretary, Rachel Triska

Treasurer, Brian Purcell

Board Members:

Whitney Barlow

Jessica Burnham

Rich Cass

Chuck Hixon

Denny Hunt

Jim Rogers, DECA Representative

Scott Rohrman

Charles Shelburne

Kellan Warren



Do you have a question or want to get involved in the Deep Ellum Community? Send us an email and we'll get right back to you.


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