Longtime banker, Mao, to join Child Care Associates to lead development


After almost a decade in the Fort Worth banking industry, Rattana Mao is leaving the corporate world to join the senior management team of nonprofit Child Care Associates (CCA). Mao will serve in a development capacity starting March 29.

“For years, Rattana has been a standout banking executive who has continually given back in service to our community. Her business skills align with our community’s expectation of CCA for innovative leadership and top-notch management,” said President and CEO of CCA Kara Waddell. “We treasure her knowledge, relationships and stellar reputation in Fort Worth and know she will be an invaluable addition to our organization.”

At a time when Fort Worth and Arlington are rallying around the needs of early education in unprecedented ways, CCA is managing significant public resources dedicated to supporting the growth and development of young children 0-5, according to the nonprofit. CCA supports the belief that all children benefit from access to quality early education. For children from lower-income families, CCA’s signature early education services help ‘boost’ children to success. CCA combines high-quality early education for young children with supports that promote nurturing parenting and whole child outcomes to ensure that children reach their full developmental potential by the end of third grade.

“I’ve been involved in the Fort Worth nonprofit community as a board member and supporter of numerous organizations over the years. This opportunity felt tailor made for me and I am excited to be a part of CCA’s early education mission,” said CCA’s new Director of Development Rattana Mao. “If you look at the families that CCA serves, that could have been my family. My parents worked hard and always encouraged my sister and me to get an education. We’re the first generation to go to college and I’m the first in our family to earn a master’s degree.”

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Mao was one-year-old when her family fled Cambodia to the U.S. and made Fort Worth home. Later in life, after earning a business degree from Arizona State University, she moved to California where she worked in the banking industry while earning her MBA. Upon moving back to Fort Worth, Mao joined Comerica Bank as a banking center manager-vice president in 2011 and previously worked for BBVA Compass, Wachovia Bank, Bank of America and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Dedicated to the community she calls home, Rattana has served on numerous nonprofit committees and the boards of the United Way of Tarrant County, Hope Center 4 Autism, Girl Scouts, The Net and was the Fort Worth Botanical Society president for two years. She is a graduate of the 2013 Class of Leading Edge and The Fort Worth Business Press named her as a “40 Under 40” recipient in 2014.