Our Team

Dietra Phillips

Programs/Finance Coordinator

Dietra Phillips

Dietra Phillips serves as Programs and Finance Coordinator for SAM. In her dual role, she serves as Programs Coordinator for SAM and oversees client membership profiles. As Finance Coordinator, in this supportive role to the SAM Finance Director, Dietra manages the financial operations of multiple clients by collecting, interpreting, and reviewing financial information and ensuring all financial data is accurately reported.

Before SAM, Dietra worked at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for 7 years in various roles with nonprofit organizations. After 7 years, she determined her love of nonprofits and financial management was stronger.

Dietra attended Georgia Piedmont Technical College and studied early childhood education (with a minor in business administration). In 2015 she completed her studies in early childhood education.

Living out her passions, Dietra has served as operations officer for Standing in Faith since 2016. She has served as communications manager and on the conference committee for Executive Women of Texas Government. A native of Louisiana, Dietra has lived in Austin since 2001. She and her husband love to travel and create lasting memories.

Partners: Austin Black Physicians Association, Dallas-Forth Worth Association Executives, Fast Growth School Coalition, Sylvan Learning Centers Franchise Owners Association, Texas Hearing Aid Association, Instructional Materials Coordinators’ Association of Texas, The Fertility Foundation of Texas, Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association

Family: Edwin (Husband), Brandon and Gary (sons), Ronika (daughter), and two fur babies Milo and Mocha

Outside of work, I love... Spending time with my family, traveling, cooking, and gardening.   

Assessments: Collaborator (Predictive Index), ESFJ (Myers Briggs) 

Why I love association management: It provides an opportunity to gain experience from others and the ability to implement those learnings to embrace new things.

Favorite thing about working at SAM: I love the people; there is a genuine spirit of cooperation and shared goals around helping the clients. Every day is different and a constant adventure.

Favorite SAM Core Value:
Stay curious