Baccalaureate Speaker

Daniel Roby, Chief Executive Officer for Austin Street Center

Daniel Roby is the chief executive officer for Austin Street Center, one of the largest, no-cost emergency shelters for people who are homeless in North Texas. Roby also serves on Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson’s HOPE taskforce to address the growing unsheltered homeless population in the city of Dallas.


Under Roby’s leadership, Austin Street Center has tripled the size of its case management and staff and added innovative programs and services to help individuals successfully end their homelessness. In 2022, Austin Street completed a capital campaign for the construction of a 60,000-square-foot emergency shelter and day service center that expands the services available for those who are in need.


Roby was appointed by former Mayor Mike Rawlings to participate in the City of Dallas’ Commission on Homelessness in 2016, which delivered a focused set of implementation strategies and recommendations for the city and Dallas County. He has served as a member of the board of directors of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (now Housing Forward) and served as chair of the Homeless Management Information System committee. Additionally, Roby served on the Executive Council of the Continuum of Care Board.


In 2017, Roby received the Nonprofit CEO of the Year award from Center for Nonprofit Management in Dallas. He was selected as a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award in 2018. Roby received the Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service awarded by Baylor University in 2021 for his broad contribution to Christian ministry.


Roby holds a Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University.