Created: 03/26/2014 11:16 PM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 News) -- The Austin Area Foundation has its first executive director.
Jeff Baldus has more than 30 years of restaurant management experience, and most recently has worked for the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
The Austin Area Foundation is a public charity that partners with local nonprofit organizations to support areas of need in the community.
"If they really truly care about the community and some of the things going on in that community, they can help see that those projects or programs continue," Baldus said.
Last year, the foundation distributed $17,000 in the community.
Baldus has been serving as a member of the foundation board. He assumes his new duties as executive director of the 11-year-old foundation in May.