Responsible for Neology’s Project Management Organization (PMO) and for planning, execution, and governance of large integration projects in the electronic toll market.
Managing Director of Neology’s Austin operations and the Neology Transportation Research Center located on the Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus in Bryan.
Group Program Manager, 3M (2012-2017)
Led project delivery teams in 3M’s Traffic Safety Group, including Department of Motor Vehicles modernization, registration fulfillment services and tolling.
General Manager – Novi Operations, Federal APD (1991-2012)
Managed Federal APD’s Michigan operations and oversaw execution of large design-build projects in the parking market.
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.
Co-Founder and President, Advancing Women in Aviation Roundtable (AWAR)
Leads AWAR, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded in 2015 with a mission to work with senior executives around the globe to build awareness and develop strategies to promote the development and advancement of women leaders in aviation finance.
Delivers interactive experiences that help senior leaders gain a deeper understanding of the career roadblocks that women often face and provides tools to help leaders develop strategies to break down barriers in their own regional and organizational settings.
Chair, Aviation Year of Inclusion, Dublin City University (DCU) (2019-2020)
Led this joint initiative between Dublin City University’s Center of Excellence for Diversity & Inclusion and the Irish aviation industry focused on studying and promoting diversity in all sectors of aviation across Ireland.
Former Managing Director and Assistant Treasurer, American Airlines
Executed more than $50 billion of best-in-class transactions, including financing 500+ new aircraft.
Served as co-chair of the American Airlines Women’s Leadership Program (2017-2018).
Former Assistant Treasurer and Director of Corporate Audit, Phelps Dodge Corporation
Former Managing Director of Corporate Finance, US Airways
Arizona Opera, 2012-2016 (trustee)
Arizona’s Children Association, 2009-2013 (board treasurer and finance committee chair)
Esperanza “Hope” Andrade
San Antonio, Texas
Chair, VIA Metropolitan Transit Board of Directors
Lead this 11-member board in expanding access and implementing innovative approaches to service delivery for the primary transportation provider in the nation’s seventh-largest city, with more than 36 million passenger trips each year.
Served as the second female and the first to serve as chair.
Provided impactful, multimodal transportation solutions and record-breaking funding for roadways and safety initiatives.
Tri-Chair, ConnectSA (2018-present)
Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio (1998-2000)
Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce (2000-2004) (Vice Chair)
Our Lady of the Lake University Board of Trustees (2001-2003)
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (1998-2000) (Chair)
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
Client Services Advisor, Volkert, Inc. (2022-present)
Director, National Transportation Programs, Michael Baker Corporation (2008-2022)
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. Led 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)
Vice President and General Manager, 3M Transportation Safety Division
Has served 27 years with 3M, starting as a research engineer before moving into a variety of marketing, strategy and business roles.
Active in worker safety, renewable energy, and automotive industries.
Is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Minnesota.
Minnesota Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles
Sustainable Resources Center (focused on heating for low income families)
Bird Global Safety Advisory Board (for e-scooter safety)
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.
Brazos County Regional Mobility Authority
College Station Planning and Zoning Commission
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
Director, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Responsible for the administration of the organization which includes planning, budgeting, operating and allocating resources for the agency; coordinating the planning, development and operation of all activities and programs of the agency; and providing for the operation and maintenance of the agency physical plants.
Former Fire Chief, Dallas Fire Rescue (2016–2018)
Former Fire Chief, Round Rock Fire Department (2011–2016)
Formerly with San Antonio Fire Department as Assistant Fire Chief, Chief of Fire Operations and Emergency Management Coordinator, among other leadership positions (1985–2011)
Previously served in positions in Emergency Medical Services and law enforcement.
Commissioner, Texas Commission on Fire Commission
State of Texas Governor’s First Responder Council (chair)
Texas Division of Emergency Management Executive Advisory Committee
FEMA Region 6 Advisory Council
CEO, Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez LLP (2022-present)
Provides financial and operational leadership to this 70-year-old law firm, which is the largest law firm in the Rio Grande Valley
Previously served as President/CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership where he worked with local business leaders in four counties in South Texas to advocate for regional collaboration and economic development through initiatives that impacted the development of international trade, healthcare, improvements to transportation and port of entry infrastructure, education, and workforce development (2016-2022).
Previously served as Executive Director of the Pharr Economic Development Corporation and as Regional Manager of External Affairs at AT&T.
Border Trade Alliance (immediate past chair)
Texas Broadband Development Office Board of Advisors (member)
Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (board member)
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
Fellow in Energy and Transportation, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University
Harris County Judge (2007-2019)
Led the Commissioner’s Court for the largest county in Texas, with more than 4.7 million people and a $4 billion budget.
Served as the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, a role which established him as a national leader in emergency response and community resilience.
President, National Industrial Transportation League (1992-2003)
Led national and global transportation policy initiatives.
Commissioner, U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission (1989-1992)
Nominated by President George H.W. Bush to serve on this commission, which regulated railroads, trucking and other transportation carriers.
Member, Texas House of Representatives (1979-1987)
Served as Chairman of the Committee on Energy and as a member of the House Transportation Committee.
Texas Department of Transportation Freight Advisory Committee (chair)
Greater Houston Freight Committee, Houston-Galveston Area Council (co-chair)
Partner, King & Spalding (2019-present)
Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (2009-2019)
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)
College Station, Texas
Department Head, Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Texas A&M University
As department head, responsible for undergraduate and graduate degree programs in civil and environmental engineering.
Leads one of the largest civil and environmental engineering departments in the United States.
Zachry Chair in Construction Integration, Texas A&M University (2020-present)
Professor of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University (2017-present)
CEO, Expert Profs Consulting, Inc. (2020-present)
Leads this organization, which fills a critical gap at the intersection of the industry and academic worlds, safely connecting professors to clients in need of their expertise and skills.
Director, Center for Infrastructure Renewal, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, (2018-2021)
OSL Concrete, Inc. Board of Advisors
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
The Woodlands, Texas
President and Chief Executive Officer, Houston Area Research Center (HARC)
Leads HARC in research and policy analysis to forge effective and sustainable solutions to Texas’ climate resilience and climate justice challenges.
Focused on policy and research in air quality, clean and adequate supplies of water, energy, coastal management, the preservation of green spaces, and developing emerging technologies to reduce air and climate pollution and support economic growth and new job creation.
Works with federal, state and local officials, community leaders, partners, and funders.
Previously Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs for the Environmental Defense Fund, where he led the advocacy organization’s clean energy efforts in 10 of the largest states in the nation and vehicle electrification initiatives in Texas.
Previously chaired the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, the predecessor agency to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, where he merged together environmental programs from several state agencies.
As President of John Hall Public Affairs, played a significant role in leading Texas to effectively address ozone non-attainment challenges in the Houston-Galveston and Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan areas. (1996-2010)
Principal, Infrastructure Resource Group
Senior Consultant, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.
Former Executive Director, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
Led 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
Executive Vice President, Jones Engineering Solutions, LLC
Texas-owned, civil engineering company with primary emphasis on municipal, land development and transportation infrastructure.
Provides guidance on master planning; political coordination; finance and cost evaluation; program development and management; and regulatory assistance.
Works with local, state and national entities to enhance transportation and transportation funding.
Former President, CEO and Founding Partner, Jones & Carter, Inc.
American Council of Engineering Companies
North Houston Association
West Houston Association
Texas Building and Procurement Commission (former commissioner)
Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District (former director)
Texas A&M University College of Engineering Advisory Council
Texas A&M University Department of Civil Engineering Advisory Council (emeritus member)
Fort Worth, Texas
Retired Finance and Logistics Executive
Former Fort Worth City Councilman
Served eight terms as a council member between June 2005 and June 2021, representing District 6.
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.
Formerly served as a financial advisor in the private sector.
National League of Cities (former board member)
North Texas Commission (former board member)
Texas Municipal League (past chair)
North Central Texas Clean Air Steering Committee (former vice chair)
North Central Texas Regional Transportation Council (former chair)
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Engineering Research, Texas A&M University System
Deputy Director, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
As Deputy Director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), serves as the agency’s chief operating officer, leading strategic operations and organizational strategies.
Responsible for TEES program development, evaluation, and resource planning; oversight of the agency’s research portfolio, comprising more than 4,830 projects and $208 million in sponsored research awards; and oversight of commercialization and workforce development initiatives.
John and Bea Slattery Chair, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, (2004-present)
Director, Texas Institute for Intelligent Materials and Structures, Texas A&M University, (2002-present)
Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, (1998-present)
President and CEO, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO)
Oversees the management and operations of transit services for the nation’s fourth largest city.
Previously served as Executive Vice President, as well as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President and Chief of Police during his 36 years with the agency.
Former Senior Police Officer with the Austin Police Department
American Public Transportation Association
Transportation Policy Council, Houston-Galveston Area Council
U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation Systems Advisory Council (former member)
Intelligent Transportation Society of America Board of Directors (former chairman)
Transportation Security Administration Peer Advisory Group (former chairman)
Houston TranStar Leadership Team (former chairman)
Attorney, business and financial law
Provides consulting services in transportation planning, construction, finance and state legislative matters.
Experience also includes litigation management and planning; mediation; and strategic and organizational planning.
Former Managing Partner, Jenkins & Gilchrist, P.C.
Texas Transportation Commission (former chair)
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) (former chair)
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Texas Turnpike Authority (former member)
Finance Commission of Texas (former member)
Stanford University Board of Trustees (audit chair)
Matador Resources Co.
LBJ Express (chair)
North Tarrant Express
Freight Shuttle International
President, Williams Brothers Construction Co., Inc.
Senior executive for one the largest highway construction firms in America. Serving as president since 2014 and in various leadership positions for 33 years.
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 27,000-acre mixed-use, master-planned community encompassing an international trade and logistics complex, 525 corporate residents, 65,000 employees and 15,000 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 35 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
Region 6 Water Planning Group (secretary)
Northern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (board chairman)
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)
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 Financial Gourp (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
Fort Worth, Texas
Executive Vice President, Law and Corporate Affairs, and Chief Legal Officer, BNSF Railway
Responsible for overseeing BNSF’s legal and regulatory matters, environmental, claims, compliance, communications and state government and community affairs. Serves on the Board of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC. (2007-present)
Previously was a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he focused his practice primarily on transportation law and legislative matters.
Served as chairman of the United States Surface Transportation Board, having been confirmed by the Senate to the Commission and appointed by President George W. Bush as the Chairman. (2002-2006)
Served in a variety of transportation policymaking functions in the U.S. House of Representatives and at the U.S. Department of Transportation, including serving as chief counsel for the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives. (1993-2002)
Business Advisory Council, Northwestern University Transportation Center
Board of Directors, Texas General Counsel Forum (past member)
Texas 2030 Committee (2008-2010) (past member)
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)
Corporate Executive Vice President, International Bank of Commerce
Provides special expertise in international trade and finance, industrial/economic development, and transportation. Directs the bank’s investments/wealth management program known as IBC Investments Services and serves as a board member for IBC Insurance Agency (1996-present).
Joined IBC Bank after distinguished service in the United States Army where he served as an Artillery Officer in Germany and the Republic of Korea.
Previously held administrative positions in various fields including higher education, food services, media, and the securities industry.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Mexico Economic Council
Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the I-69 Alliance of Texas
IH 27 Advisory Committee
Ports/Transportation Advisory Committee of Texas
Border Trade Alliance (former national chairman)
North America Strategy for Competitiveness (former chairman)
U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce (bi-national director)
Transportation, Logistics and Infrastructure Committee and International Relations Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (member)
Texas Secretary of State’s Border Trade Advisory Committee (BTAC) (member)
Texas Freight Mobility Committee (member)
Board of Advisors, Texas A&M International University A.R. Sanchez School of Business (member)
Pete Sepulveda, Jr.
Rancho Viejo, Texas
Executive Director, Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority
County Administrator, Cameron County
Manages and directs $2 billion in transportation projects for the Cameron County RMA to reduce congestion, improve connectivity, and facilitate economic development.
Provides management, coordination, and communication to elected officials on the legislative, intergovernmental and operational needs of the county.
Supervises the day-to-day operations of non-elected county departments and agencies which are under the direct control of the Commissioners’ Court.
Previously served Cameron County as Director of Transportation and County Judge.
Previously served as City Manager in Pharr and Eagle Pass, Texas.
Has worked on highway, rail and bridge projects with TxDOT for 35 years, including the permitting and construction of five international bridges between the United States and Mexico.
CEO and Founder, 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 (vice chairman)
Regional Transportation Council
Metroplex Mayors Association (past president)
North Central Texas Council of Governments (past president)
Senior Vice President, National Director of Smart Cities, STV
Leads STV’s multidisciplinary smart cities practice, which includes a fully integrated suite of thinkers, planners, finance experts, designers, procurement and grant consultants, digital technologists and program managers.
Advises public and private clients on urban strategies, including long-range budget development and cost/revenue options, as they consider different approaches in mobility, social infrastructure, urban solutions, decarbonization and public resources management.
Former Transportation Director, City of Austin
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, special events management, and emerging technologies.
Former Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Former Director of Traffic Management, City of Seattle
Leads this public-private partnership that collaboratively cultivates opportunities in the identification, support, development, funding, and construction of innovative mobility and infrastructure solutions for the western portion of the North Texas region.
Commissioner, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) (2013-2018)
Member of the five-member governing board for TxDOT that oversees 80,000 miles of road and supports aviation, maritime, rail, and public transportation across the state.
Chairman, Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (2009-2013)
Oversaw this agency beginning in the first year it was created, which registers almost 24 million vehicles; regulates vehicle dealers; credentials buses and big trucks for intrastate and interstate commerce; issues oversize and overweight permits; and awards grants to law enforcement agencies to reduce vehicle burglaries and thefts.
Vice President, Business Development, Van Auyl Automotive Group (1997-2009)
Founding Dean, University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs, 2020-2021
Texas Senator, District 14 (2007-2020)
Served as Vice Chair, Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, 2001-2011; Member, Senate Finance Committee, 2015-2020; and Member, Senate Transportation Committee, 2013-2014.
Became a statewide leader in addressing transportation challenges such as funding, air quality, traffic congestion, safety and planning, including serving as Chair of the Central Texas Mobility Improvements Program Committee.
Championed an effort to end the diversion of dedicated transportation funds to other uses.
Passed legislation to require seatbelts for back seat passengers.
Streamlined the process for toll project development and environmental review for road projects, a model that was included in federal legislation.
Mayor, City of Austin (1997-2001)
Instrumental in passing multiple transportation bonds, championed public transportation, opened a new international airport and championed environmental stewardship and transportation planning.
Created the Clean Air Coalition within a five-county region, supported approval of State Highway 130, and championed light rail.
Engaged with the TxDOT Commission to partner on numerous projects of benefit to the city.
Capital Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Policy Board 2007-2010 (chair)
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, 2005 (chair)
Citizen Campaign for Commuter Rail, 2004 (chair)
Texas Air Control Board, 1991-1993 (chair)
President and CEO, Graham Associates, Inc.
Leads this civil engineering and surveying firm that has designed many landmark projects across North Texas, including AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, Parks Mall, Southlake Town Square and IH-30 Three Bridges.
Mayor, City of Arlington (2015-2021)
Under his leadership, Arlington was the first city in the United States to run an autonomous public shuttle and the first city in Texas to operate autonomous vehicles on public streets.
Championed a technology rideshare program that has been implemented by 75 major cities across the nation.
Instituted an iPhone app allowing citizens to easily report potholes on city streets and implemented smart traffic signals and LED streetlights.
Worked with small business owners to retain new graduates of the University of Texas at Arlington for potential start-up business opportunities.
Supported the Downtown Arlington redevelopment project and significantly expanded Arlington’s entertainment district.
Led a successful national search to be the home of the National Medal of Honor Museum, which is scheduled to open in 2024.
U.S. Metro Economies Committee, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) (chairman)
COVID-19 Taskforce, USCM (chairman)
Infrastructure Funding Taskforce, USCM (chairman)
Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce (former chairman)
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.