Members of The Dallas 40 believe it is imperative to learn more about important community issues by “drilling down” into a subject … listening to, learning from and interacting with those who are leading the way. Our speakers, all prominent in their own spheres of influence, address our meetings to educate our members on these issues and to enable them to influence the direction of our community based upon informed choice. By providing entree to circles of business, professional and community leaders, The Dallas 40 affords its members and invited guests the opportunity to engage the community’s best and brightest in a dialogue that makes a difference. The Dallas 40 is a nonpartisan organization, with membership open to men and women of all ages.

Next Meeting:

Monday, March 13th | RSVP


5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | El Fenix Restaurant Northwest
5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar
6:00 p.m. Program


Members, we’ve heard you loud and clear. Our January and February meeting location at the Embassy Suites posed challenges for some: the traffic congestion, distance from downtown, parking garage, and neighborhood were among your concerns. So although we’re most appreciative of the hard work and hospitality from the Embassy Suites staff, we are going to try a new location. The El Fenix Restaurant on the north side of Northwest Highway, just west of Hillcrest Road, will be the host location for our March meeting. We will continue to offer free appetizers (chips, salsa, queso and guacamole) with a cash bar. There is plentiful parking both in front of and behind the building, and General Manager Tony Gonzalez has been very accommodating. So come prepared for salsa, sizzle, and scintillating discussions. Ole’!

The Uncomfortable Truth: Poverty, Hunger and Homelessness in “Prosperous Dallas”

“It’s not what we don’t know that hurts us, it’s what we know that just ain’t so!”
–Will Rogers

Dallas is prosperous, right? Our North Texas economic growth, explosive housing sales, corporate relocations, new jobs, and new residents – 144,000 last year – rank second in the nation, lagging only slightly behind our neighbor to the south, Houston. We drive nice cars, have lovely homes with manicured lawns, take our pets to be groomed and have access to medical care; our only issue with nutrition is that we eat too much. However, the uncomfortable truth is that there is another Dallas, one we rarely or never see. More than 300,000 Dallas residents live in poverty and the number of homeless (including 3,700 DISD students), estimated to be 10,000 in 2016, was a 25% increase over the prior year. New counts will be released March 9 and there is every reason to expect the number of homeless to be no lower. Dallas has the highest rate in the entire country of children living in poverty and the highest disparity in the nation in wealth inequality among neighborhoods. The number of affordable housing units has been virtually unchanged for many years.

Mayor Mike Rawlings and County Judge Clay Jenkins have resolved that we can and will do better, and to that end have proposed the creation of a cross-jurisdictional city-county partnership to oversee social services that work with the homeless and to coordinate federal, state and local funding. The initiative has been christened the Dallas Area Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness, and Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel – a Dallas 40 member – and Dallas City Councilman Mark Clayton have been appointed to the governing board. Dr. Daniel has long been actively engaged in the fight against homelessness and is passionate about finding and implementing realistic solutions. Please join us in learning the uncomfortable truth: discovering “what we know that just ain’t so.”

Our Speaker

Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel has served since 2013 in the then newly created District 1, which encompasses some of the most diverse, vibrant, and culturally rich parts of several communities in Dallas County – Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Mesquite. Commissioner Daniel was appointed as chair of the IT Governance Committee, is one of three members of the Dallas County Civil Service Board, and is co-chair of the Dallas County Behavioral Health Leadership Team. As an extension of addressing the mental health needs of Dallas County residents, the commissioner is spearheading an effort to develop transitional housing for special-needs populations. Dr. Daniel’s other areas of interest are manifested through her active membership on the Conference of Urban Counties (CUC) Public Policy Committee and CUC-Meadows Foundation Statewide Mental Health Index Committee, as well as the National Association of Counties (NACO) Public Health Committee and Urban County Committee. Commissioner Daniel is also active in an organization addressing local environmental interests affecting public health through the Clean Air Committee of North Texas.

Commissioner Daniel has extensive expertise in public affairs, economic development, housing, transportation, education, gerontology and local political thought.  Having obtained a Ph.D. in public policy and public administration, she has studied the theories of public administration. Dr. Daniel has been a social science researcher and involved in public organizations for more than three decades, therefore she also understands the practical side of public service. Professionally, she served as a U.S. Congressional staff member, worked with the American Red Cross and has focused on public education for seven years.  Prior to her election to Commissioners Court, Dr. Daniel worked with the Dallas Independent School District in program evaluation and accountability and was also adjunct professor of urban and public affairs at UT-Arlington.

Dr. Daniel has a long track record of community service with groups such as the League of Women Voters, LULAC, the NAACP, local neighborhood associations and civic organizations, and her local church and school.

Guests are always welcome. We request a per-guest fee of $15. If a guest joins as a member on the day he/she attends a meeting, the $15 fee is credited against the dues fee. For 2017, membership is $100 per person. Please RSVP Here

El Fenix RestaurantNEW LOCATION:

El Fenix Restaurant
6811 W. Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75225
Phone: (214) 363-5279

Free appetizers (chips, salsa, queso and guacamole) with a cash bar, followed by the program.