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ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Government and Public Affairs

  • Secured and saved over $1 Billion for Texas’ largest school district in state and federal funds. The bulk of these dollars are savings towards recapture payments to the state, given the passage of House Bill 3 in 2019.
  • Successfully passed legislation improving student access to dual credit, resulting in a 15% increase in students taking college-level courses in high school.
  • Worked cross coalition to protect the state’s economic development programs to recruit and retain businesses in Texas.
  • Headed up the planning for three outstanding two-day federal advocacy trips for 30 business executives and CEOs to Washington, D.C.
  • Led and launched grassroots effort for Texas’ largest metro chamber of commerce, Greater Houston Partnership, resulting in $2 billion in state appropriations for the 2012-2013 biennium for water infrastructure.
  • Managed public affairs campaigns and developed outward facing communication materials for the department.
  • Oversaw the launch of the Houston school district’s first-ever advocacy toolkits: #HISDStrong, Legislative Center and #FixSchoolFinance

  • Engineered and led large-scale community outreach campaigns on HISD’s recapture, or Robin Hood, referendum. Elevated the conversation on the problems with state’s school finance system and Robin Hood structure.
  • Activated the community and led efforts to secure a one-year pause on state ratings for HISD post-Hurricane Harvey.
  • Created and managed a new community-led advocacy group for HISD, the Houston Education Advocacy Representatives (HEAR). This group had 66 meetings in the capitol in 2019 to push the need for school finance reform and lowering Robin Hood payments to the state.

Political Strategy

  • Built and managed successful events and rallies for the high-profile gubernatorial candidate, Bill White.
  • Led statewide campaign outreach for the African American community. Planned an exciting East Texas Tour.
  • Managed volunteer teams and paid staff to generate significant turnout in primary and general elections. Led grassroots get-out-the-vote program for Southeast Texas.

Advocacy Training

  • Successfully trained 30 CEOs to lobby on Capitol Hill on behalf of Houston's business community.
  • Prepared several groups of HISD superintendents and trustees for local, state and federal meetings with leadership offices, other elected officials and staff.
  • Developed and led school finance training for new advocacy group of community leaders at HISD, called the Houston Education Advocacy Representatives (HEAR).
  • Trained fellows of school-based organizations.