Meet the EGBI Team

Barbra Boeta, Executive Director

Ms. Barbra Boeta has over 13 years experience working to grow small businesses within the Central Texas area.  For the past 6 years, she has spear-headed the organizations training programs and volunteer recruitment.  She is looking forward to building and securing relationships in order to grow EGBI and local small businesses within the Austin area.  Prior to joining EGBI, Boeta accumulated seven years of experience in small business lending and development with PeopleFund.

She also sits on several area boards and committees, including the FDIC’s Alliance for Economic Inclusion, the City of Austin’s MBE/WBE and Small Business Advisory Committee and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Access to Capital Committee.

Boeta graduated with honors from St. Edward’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Joni Foster, Program Director

Joni Foster has worked in the community economic development industry for over 25 years.  She is an experienced consultant, a skilled trainer, a former manager of a local loan fund for revitalization of inner city communities, and a serial entrepreneur, having launched her own businesses and numerous nonprofit organizations.


Monica Peña, Marketing & Development Coordinator

Monica Peña has joined EGBI as Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator.  She is a strategist on marketing time management, promotion follow through, and maximization of their social media efforts. She has a strong passion for helping small businesses succeed.