Ascension Seton names new foundation president


Community and business leader Miguel Romano plans for future of Central Texas philanthropy

Ascension Seton welcomes community and business leader Miguel Romano as the new president of Ascension Texas Foundations.

No stranger to Ascension Texas, Romano served on its Board of Directors and the Ascension Texas Finance Committee and Governance Committee. Ascension Texas, comprised of Ascension Seton in Austin and Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

“As our Central Texas population grows, the demand for convenient, affordable, person-centered health care grows – and so does the need to support that kind of excellent care,” said Greg Hartman, Chief of External and Academic Affairs, Ascension Seton. “That’s where someone like Miguel comes in, someone with the vision and the creativity to help us expand and continue to provide the best care possible,” Hartman said.

“I’m excited to join the Ascension family and build on the positive and powerful impact Ascension Seton and Providence have in our community. We plan to further embrace and expand upon the goodwill of our supporters and stakeholders through our shared commitment to deliver compassionate, personalized care to all,” said Romano.

Romano’s professional background includes roles as a strategic and financial advisor. Prior to joining Ascension, he served as Senior Business Development and Lending Officer at American Bank, where he provided guidance on business development and regional growth plans and advised companies on financing and lending. Previously, he worked as a director at Public Strategies Inc. (now Hill+Knowlton Strategies), where he counseled clients in the financial services sector. During his time in Washington, D.C., Romano held advisory roles in the federal government and has been involved in national and state politics (Texas and Florida).

Romano’s leadership extends into various areas of public service. In addition to his Gubernatorial appointment as Board Member on the Texas State Securities Board, he has served on various boards and committees for local organizations, including E3 Alliance, Ronald McDonald House, FuturoFund, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Scholarship Consortium, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, PeopleFund and the Subiendo Academy at The University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, he participated in Leadership Austin’s Essential Program and AARO’s McBee Fellowship Program.

Romano’s personal story and experiences sparked his passion for health care and commitment to Ascension Seton. In addition to serving on the Ascension Texas Board of Directors, he and his wife Katie have been members of Dell Children’s Trust, and are current members of the Dell Children’s Council. Independently, Miguel has been a part of the Ascension Seton Forum and Katie currently serves on the Elizabeth Ann Ascension Seton Board.

Romano earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication at Florida State University and a Masters in International Business at the University of Florida. He also has a Masters in Finance from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico.

A first-generation American, Romano loves calling Austin home, where he and Katie live with their two children.

Romano succeeds Ken Gladish, who retired as Ascension Seton Foundations President in December 2016.