Director of Government Affairs, Association of General Contractors of Texas
Specializes in the areas of transportation, energy, natural resources and homeland security policy.
Previously served as Senior Advisor and Budget Director for Governor Greg Abbott.
Previously served eight years as Chief of Staff in the Texas Senate for Senator Robert Nichols, as well as Policy Director for the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation.
Previously served as a legislative director in the Texas House of Representatives, focusing on natural resources and finance-related policy.
Has more than 16 years of experience in the legislative and executive branches of Texas Government, including 22 regular and special legislative sessions.
Texas Bond Review Board (former chairman)
Southwestern States Water Commission (former member)
Principal, WHA Consulting
Former Senior Advisor, Texas Taxpayers and Research Association (TTARA) (Retired)
Former President, TTARA Research Foundation
Served as President and principal spokesman for TTARA and its research foundation for nearly 30 years. TTARA works to ensure fiscal responsibility in Texas state government through the development and advocacy of sound tax and budget policies.
Formerly served as director of revenue estimating for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and on the economics staff of the Texas Water Development Board.
Texas Strategic Economic Policy Commission
Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness
State Job Training Coordinating Council
The Commission of 125 at the University of Texas at Austin
Texas Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Provides executive direction over the $3.8 billion annual federal-aid apportionment to Texas, one of the largest and most complex federal-aid programs in the nation.
Leads a multidisciplinary staff of 50 professionals to provide guidance to state and local funding recipients unified in the primary objective of remaining a relevant partner in Texas, while advancing national transportation goals.
Former Deputy Division Administrator, FHWA Texas Division Office
Has served FHWA in multiple capacities in several field offices as well as the Washington, D.C. headquarters for over 28 years.
San Antonio, Texas
President and CEO, VIA Metropolitan Transit
Leads this agency, which provides transportation services to the fast growing city of San Antonio, identified as the 7th largest city in the U.S and previously served as Deputy CEO/Chief of Business Support Services.
Experienced in transit service and capital facility development; training and safety; financial management and planning; labor relations; special event transit/traffic management; and transit operations.
Former Senior Vice President of Operations, Houston METRO
Former Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
American Public Transportation Association Bus Safety Committee
Board of Directors, Centro San Antonio
Texas Diversity Council
South West Transit Association
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
College Station, Texas
Department Head, Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University
Leads the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which is ranked 8th (undergraduate) and 9th (graduate) among all civil engineering programs at public institutions and is the largest civil engineering program in the country.
Oversees 73 faculty, 800 undergraduate students, and over 400 graduate students.
Has a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health.
Joined Texas A&M in 1986 as an assistant professor and has served in numerous positions, including senior associate dean for academic affairs.
Clarkson University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council
Clarkson University Research Council
American Society of Civil Engineers Department Heads and Chair Council
Director, National Transportation Programs, Michael Baker Corporation
Provides advice and guidance on project delivery methods for clients and participates in national transportation initiatives on behalf of the company.
Former Executive Director, Texas Department of Transportation (2001-2007)
Managed TxDOT programs, policies and operating strategies, and represented the agency before the Texas Legislature.
Began his career with TxDOT in 1971; formerly served as District Engineer in the Yoakum District and as Assistant Executive Director for Engineering Operations.
Transportation Research Board Executive Committee
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (past president)
Fort Worth, Texas
Vice President, Capacity Planning and Operations Research, BNSF Railway (Retired)
Determined priorities for investment in expansion of line and terminal capacity. Leads operations research and advanced analysis teams (2011-2016).
Vice President, various operations functions, BNSF Railway (1996-2016).
General Manager, Southern Pacific Railroad (1965–1994)
Served 29 years in management positions in San Antonio, Ennis and Houston, including vice president of the Mexico business unit.
Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Barriger National Transportation Library
Port Terminal Railroad Association of Houston
President, David Cain Consulting
Conducts governmental affairs and relations consulting for numerous clients.
Member, Texas Senate, (1995-2003)
Elected chairman of the Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Senate Committee on Administration, and twice elected chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference Transportation Committee.
Member, Texas House of Representatives (1977-1995)
Served as chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and wrote the legislation that created the Texas Department of Transportation.
Capitol Preservation Board
Council of Governments (governing board)
College Station, Texas
Director Emeritus, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Served as TTI agency director for 10 years and at TTI for 45 years in a multitude of leadership roles.
Instrumental in increasing TTI research expenditures by 60 percent, the growing TTI’s total operating budget by 52 percent, and expanding TTI facilities from 216,000 square feet to more than 324,000 square feet during his time as agency director.
Initiated new research programs in transportation finance, policy, environment and technology.
Conducted extensive research in traffic operations, transportation planning, and transit planning and is an international expert in developing and implementing high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.
ITS America Policy and Business Council
International Institute of Transportation Engineers (former president)
Council of University Transportation Centers (former president)
American Road and Transportation Builders Association Research and Education Division (former president)
College Station, Texas
Founder and Principal, The Ellison Firm, Attorneys at Law
Serves clients in areas of business, real estate, banking, municipal law, estate planning and probate.
A&M Political Action Committee (founding trustee and chair)
Brazos Valley Community Foundation (founding trustee and past chair)
United Way of the Brazos Valley (former campaign chair)
Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University (past chair)
Texas A&M Corps Development Council
The Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Century Council (executive committee)
Bush School of Government and Public Service Development Council
CHI St. Joseph Health Board of Trustees
Board of Directors CHI St. Luke’s Health System
Hospice Brazos Valley Ethics Committee
Partner, King & Spalding LLP
Nationally recognized for representation of domestic and international clients.
Practice focuses on complex business litigation, legal and accounting malpractice, trade secrets, energy, securities litigation, and disputes in both state and federal courts across the United States.
Recognized by The National Law Journal in its annual 2004 feature “Winning” ranking that profiles the nation’s top 10 litigators.
Recognized as one of “The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal (2008).
American Board of Trial Advocates
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas Advisory Board
Texas Appleseed (director, 2007-2016)
Board of Trustees, Texas Bar Foundation (chair, 2010-2011)
LeadershipSBOT Steering Committee, State Bar of Texas (2010-2011)
State Bar of Texas (director, 2005-2008)
Houston Bar Association (director, 1996-2000)
Executive Director, Port of Houston Authority
Named Executive Director in January 2014 and has 26 years of experience at the Port of Houston Authority.
Former Deputy Executive Director of Operations for the Port Authority
Was responsible for all container and breakbulk cargo operations, management and construction of capital development projects, facility and asset maintenance, and real estate interests.
Also has served in various capacities related to facilities management, including master planning of the Bayport Container Terminal, redevelopment of the existing Barbours Cut Terminal, and procurement of all container handling cranes and equipment over the last two decades.
Previously served as an engineer with Emscor, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia
Port Authority Advisory Committee
Texas Department of Transportation
Executive Director, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
Leads the implementation of innovative, multimodal transportation solutions that reduce congestion and create transportation choices that enhance quality of life and economic vitality in the Central Texas region.
Former County Commissioner, Williamson County (1989–2003)
Led the development of environmental and public infrastructure projects.
Former City Councilman, Round Rock (1980–1987)
Helped supervise and managed more than $2.5 billion in capital improvement projects.
International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association
Envision Central Texas
National Association of Counties Air and Water Quality Committees (past chair)
Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council (past vice chair), Texas Technology Task Force
Carma Advisory Board
President and CEO, Jones Engineering Solutions, LLC
Former President, CEO and Founding Partner, Jones & Carter, Inc.
Managed this 350-person, Texas-owned, civil engineering company with primary emphasis on municipal, land development and transportation infrastructure. Provided guidance on master planning; political coordination; finance and cost evaluation; program development and management; and regulatory assistance. Worked with local, state and national entities to enhance transportation and transportation funding.
Texas Council of Engineering Companies (president-elect)
North Houston Association
West Houston Association
Texas Building and Procurement Commission (former commissioner)
Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District (former director)
Texas A&M University Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council
Texas A&M University Department of Civil Engineering Advisory Council (emeritus member)
Fort Worth, Texas
First elected to the Council in June 2005, representing District 6 and was re-elected to his eighth term in May 2019.
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam, Germany and the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.
Formerly served as development officer at Texas Christian University and later in management positions in marketing and financial advising.
National League of Cities
North Texas Commission
Texas Municipal League (past president)
North Central Texas Clean Air Steering Committee (vice chair)
North Central Texas Regional Transportation Council (former chair)
Selected as a Distinguished Graduate of the Texas A&M University Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, 2015.
Registered professional engineer in Texas.
Industry advocate who promotes better markets, improved business climate, ethical business practices and business accountability.
Associated General Contractors of America (vice president)
Associated General Contractors of Texas
Houston Contractors Association
Texas Asphalt Paving Association
The Road Information Program
Texas Good Roads and Transportation Association
Houston Construction Industry Coalition
Fort Worth, Texas
Executive Vice President, Hillwood Properties
Oversees the management, operation, land and infrastructure planning, and entitlements of AllianceTexas, a 17,000-acre mixed-use, master-planned community encompassing an international trade and logistics complex, 265 corporate residents, 30,000 employees and 7,600 single-family homes.
Instrumental in the development of AllianceTexas and in leading long-term regional planning initiatives for North Fort Worth and Tarrant County during 25 years with the company.
Formerly served as director of Hillwood’s National Transportation Authority, with primary responsibility for privatized road development projects.
North American Super Corridor Coalition (secretary)
Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council
Professor and Director Emeritus, Center for Transportation Training and Research, Texas Southern University
Educates students in fundamentals of transportation and urban transportation issues and conducts operations and policy-related transportation research.
Conducts research in improving demand estimation for intercity rail systems; policy and operational implications of automated vehicles; and defining need and planning parameters for multijurisdictional (megaregions) transportation planning.
Prior to joining Texas Southern University in 1992, spent 15 years as a manager and director of planning at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County.
USDOT Transit Research Advisory Committee
Transportation Research Board Inclusion and Diversity Committee (chair)
Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Advisory Committee
Gulf Coast Rail District Transportation Advocacy Group (co-chair)
Managing Director, City of El Paso Department of Aviation and International Bridges
Oversees all aspects of the management, development and operations for two departments that serve as major corridors and ports of entry into the region with a combined staff of over 300.
Has over 24 years of service with the City of El Paso, serving various departments, including the Comptroller’s, Management and Budget, and Contract Compliance offices.
Is an Accredited Airport Executive and member of the American Association of Airport Executives.
Directed the investment of over $285 million in airport capital improvement projects.
Under her leadership, El Paso International Airport was recognized by Airport Council International’s Air Service Quality Awards as 2nd Place for Best Airports in North America in 2016 and 2017.
Texas Commercial Airports Association
Airport Council International-North America
City of El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization
HNTB, Regional Business Development Leader
Assists the Texas offices in securing and delivering award-winning planning, design, program delivery and construction management.
Former District Engineer, Austin District, Texas Department of Transportation
Directed a broad range of transportation infrastructure issues, including engineering projects, road and bridge design and construction and maintenance of the district’s transportation system.
Served as Director (1999–2009) and deputy director (1996–1999) of the Traffic Operations Division; and Traffic Engineering Section Manager (1993–1996).
Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Policy Board (former member)
Friend, TRB Managed Lanes Committee
Austin Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee
Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs, Union Pacific Railroad
Oversees government, community and philanthropic activities for Union Pacific’s seven southern states: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, New Mexico and Arizona.
Has provided legislative policy analysis for the railroad’s multi-state network, redesigned the Union Pacific Museum and created formal protections for the company’s historical assets, developed a trademark licensing and branded-products program; and managed the company’s involvement as supplier to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Represents Union Pacific on the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Freight Advisory Committee and Border Trade Advisory Committee and the Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council.
Previously served 15 years at Union Pacific’s Omaha headquarters in a variety of public-facing roles, including public affairs in Nebraska and Iowa.
Texas Business Leadership Council, Executive Committee
Public Affairs Council State Government Relations Leaders
Transportation Advocacy Group Houston Advisory Council
Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce
North Houston Association
Principal, James McCarley Consultants
Provides consulting services in state governmental relations.
Promoted transportation projects for this coalition of five counties and 26 cities.
Interim Executive Director, North Texas Tollway Authority (1997–1998)
Reorganized the organization from a state agency to a local government operation.
Former Assistant City Manager and Chief of Police, City of Plano
Viewpoint Bank (chair)
Texas Credit Union Coalition Board of Directors
Texas Police Chiefs Association (past president)
Director Emeritus, Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition
Drayton McLane Jr.
Chairman, McLane Group
The McLane Group is a parent company consisting of family owned companies operating throughout the world, including McLane Advanced Technologies, which pursues technology advancements for the commercial, government, and defense industries.
Former Chairman and CEO, Houston Astros Baseball Club for 19 seasons
Former CEO, McLane Company
Operated the family wholesale grocery business for 30 years. The $19 billion company achieved an average growth rate of 30 percent per year. Following the McLane Company’s merger with Wal-Mart, Inc., in 1990, also became vice-chairman of Wal-Mart., which until November of 2011 included the Houston Astros where he served as Chairman and CEO.
Board of Trustees, Baylor Scott & White Healthcare (chairman)
Boy Scouts of America National Board (vice president at large)
National Board of Governors, Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
The Bush School of Government and Public Service Board of Directors
Texas A&M University Board of Visitors
Chairman, Trinity Logistics, Inc.
Operates the only full-line manufacturer of highway guardrail and crash cushions in the United States, with product lines featuring several proprietary products, including end terminals, crash cushions and a cable barrier guardrail system.
Oversees Energy Absorption Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Trinity Highway Products.
President, Trinity Logistics Group, Inc.
Leads all national logistics within Trinity Industries, including trucking, rail and barge, and transformed the group into a market leader operating in 47 states and internationally.
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, Glazer’s Family of Companies
Vice President, Gap International Logistics
North American Super-Corridor Coalition Board
Highway Users Alliance Board
American Road & Transportation Builders Association Board
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Advisory Board.
Herbert H. Richardson
College Station, Texas
Chancellor Emeritus and TTI Director Emeritus, Texas A&M University System
Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, Texas A&M University
Director, Texas A&M Transportation (13 years); greatly expanded its state-wide presence and multi-modal scope.
Chancellor, Texas A&M University System (2 years); developed a long-range vision for the System and oversaw integration of several regional universities into the System.
Dean of Engineering and Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University; Vice Chancellor for Engineering and Director, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, Texas A&M University System (7 years).
Chief Scientist, USDOT, 1970-72.
Served 27 years in leadership positions at MIT, including as Professor, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Engineering.
National Academy of Engineering (council member)
National Research Council (governing board)
Transportation Research Board (past chair)
Texas Food and Fibers Commission (past chair)
Chief Operating Officer, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Oversees the programs, staff and operations of the Institute, which provides high quality, nonpartisan and objective policy research and development to improve mental health services in Texas.
Former Executive Vice President, Government and Stakeholder Affairs, DFW International Airport
Directed public policy and oversaw the airport’s industry and association leadership, media relations, community relations and other public affairs functions.
Former Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Texas Instruments, Inc.
Directed the company’s public affairs initiatives, including government relations, philanthropy and community affairs (2001–2009).
Development Board, University of Texas at Dallas (chairman)
Dallas Symphony Association Board of Governors
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (former campaign chair and chairman of the board)
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (former board member)
North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Transportation Council (former board member)
Sandra Phillips Rogers
Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Oversees the legal services function for Toyota’s North American operations, Toyota Legal One (“TL1”), and the representation of the company and its affiliates.
Directs the strategy to help Toyota navigate significant business and legal challenges while supporting its expansion as a global mobility company, one that is an industry leader in autonomous, connected and sustainable vehicle technologies.
Provides strategic guidance in areas such as global transactions, cybersecurity, privacy, government and regulatory investigations, complex litigation, labor and employment and intellectual property, among others.
Recognized by Black Enterprise as one of its “75 Most Powerful Women in Business” (2017) and “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” (2018).
In recognition of leadership in advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, she received the 2016 Legacy Award from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.
Prior to joining Toyota in 2012, she was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; as senior vice president, associate general counsel and chief litigation counsel at Pfizer Inc.; and as managing partner of the Houston office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
University of Texas Law School Foundation
President and CEO, CapitalSoft, Inc.
Manages one of the leading providers of enterprise software for efficiently managing capital programs for public and private sector construction markets.
City of Richardson, Texas: Council Member (1987-2011); Mayor Pro Tem (1989-1991); Mayor (1991-2007; 2009-2011)
Previous Leadership Experience
Previous leadership experience in technology development and management with Texas Instruments and General Electric.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Metroplex Mayors Association (past president)
North Central Texas Council of Governments (past president)
Responsible for the City’s multimodal transportation portfolio, including transit planning, automated vehicle and shared mobility, traffic engineering and operations, parking enterprise, right-of-way permitting, and special events management.
Has developed numerous regional partnerships to improve the transportation system conditions not
just in Austin, but in Central Texas through projects such as completion of the Ben White/Loop 1 interchange, Austin Strategic Corridor program and expansion of parking operations.
Former Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Former Director of Traffic Management, City of Seattle
North Richland Hills, Texas
President and Owner, O. Trevino Construction
Manages this construction company with a strong background in heavy/highway contracts and an
emphasis on concrete paving.
National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee
Partners in Mobility, North Central Texas County of Governments (past president)
Northeast Tarrant County Chamber of Commerce
Texas A&M University Civil Engineering Advisory Council (past member)
Executive Director, Harris County Toll Road Authority
Leads the improvement of mobility in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area through excellence in the operation of urban toll highway systems, while upholding a commitment to leadership, public service, and quality of life.
Former Vice President for Dannenbaum Engineering Company for five years
Former Houston District Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation
Spent 40 years with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), serving the last 13 years as the Houston District Engineer, managing projects comprising six counties and a $1 billion budget, including one of the largest freeway traffic management systems in the U.S.—Houston TransStar.
Institute of Transportation Engineers
Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
National Society of Professional Engineers
Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors of Texas
Operates the AGC of Texas Highway, Heavy Utilities and Industrial Branch.
Previously served as the Director of Government Affairs and other leadership positions since 1986.
B.A., Political Science, Texas A&M University, 1991.
Selected as one of 25 transportation construction and design industry executives in the nation invited to participate in the American Road & Transportation Builders Association first “Young Executive Development Program” in Washington, D.C., 1996.