CECE COX, J.D., Executive Director and CEO, Resource Center Dallas, has more than 25 years experience in executive management and leadership, both in the nonprofit and private sectors – including law, journalism, business consulting, arts, and advocacy. As CEO, Cox oversees one of the largest centers of its kind in the United States. More than 50,000 people each year use the Resource Center through its programs and services for individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS and for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Her activism and support of the community have included work at the Turtle Creek Chorale, Legal Hospice of Texas, Youth First Texas, the regional office of Lambda Legal, and an appointment to both a City of Dallas board and task force.
Cox is a member of the executive committee for SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development, board member of Dallas Women’s Foundation and an advisory board member of Black Tie Dinner. She is also a former president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance (DGLA). During her tenure at DGLA, she was instrumental in the passage of the City of Dallas’s nondiscrimination ordinance and the adoption of nondiscrimination policies at DART, DISD and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department. She is also a former co-chair of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation/Dallas. In 1999, Cox received the Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Black Tie Dinner.
She is an alumna of both Leadership Dallas and Leadership Lambda, a former board member of the LGBT Law Section for the State Bar of Texas, and an attorney. Prior to joining the Center, Cox’s law practice was focused on commercial litigation and transactions, bankruptcy, employment law and municipal law. She is a volunteer attorney for Legal Hospice of Texas.
Cox is also a former professional photographer whose national, regional and local clients included Frito-Lay, Phillips Petroleum, TGI Friday’s, American Greetings, the American Heart Association and D Magazine. She also co-authored a book chronicling the 1993 March on Washington for gay and lesbian rights. Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a law degree from SMU. She is the mother of one son, and the partner of the Hon. Barbara J. Houser.