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
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. 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
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
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
Senior Fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Professor in the Practice, Rice 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.
Chair, Texas Department of Transportation Freight Advisory Committee
Co-Chair, Greater Houston Freight Committee, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth 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)
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
Principal, Infrastructure Resource Group
Executive Director, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Retired)
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
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
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
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)
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.
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, bike and pedestrian infrastructure and vision safety programs.
Former Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Former Director of Traffic Management, City of Seattle
National League of Cities Transportation Infrastructure and Services Steering Committee (past chair)
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)
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.