William "Buddy" Steele, President
Attorney at Locke Lord, Austin, Texas
William "Buddy" Steele has substantial experience in business litigation, arbitration, and mediation in federal and state courts. Buddy has served as a Board Member for the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce, the Westcave Preserve, and as a Member on the Transportation Committee at the Austin Chamber of Commerce. Buddy has served on the Austin Project Board of Trustees for 5 years and as Board President for three years and is an active member of the 2015 Development Committee.
Chris King, Ph.D., Vice President
Senior Research Scientist, Director of the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources
Christopher has written on education, workforce, and social policy. He has received the prestigious Texas Exes Teaching Award in 2007 and the LBJ School Dean’s Excellence Award in 1994. In 2012, the Aspen Institute selected him as one of twenty leaders in its inaugural class of Ascend; in addition Vice President, Chris serves as Chair of the Development Committee.
Betty Jo Hudspeth, Vice President
Retired Elementary School Principal at A.I.S.D.
Betty Jo retired as the Principal of Andrews Elementary School in 2004 but remains committed to successfully building a foundation for academic excellence. During her tenure, Betty Jo helped TAP to launch Austin's first school-based Family Resource Centers-one at Andrew's Elementary/Reagan High School and Ortega Elementary School.Her leadership at Andrews helped to bridge family engagement values and expectations for academic excellence and promote positive citizenship for the students at Andrews. Betty Jo is a founding member of TAP, serving on the board since 1997.
Robert Rutishauser, Secretary - Treasurer
Bob was a Past President of The Austin Project and founding member. Bob is an ardent supporter of TAP since 1995. Bob was the past CFO at MCC where he was honored with a Legacy Award from the Austin Business Journal as the CFO of the Year. Bob is currently retired but serves on several different non-profit boards in Austin and serves as Treasurer for TAP.
Larry K. Anazia
Social Sector Consultant, Mission Capital, Austin, TX
Larry is a graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas with focus on workforce development and urban affairs. Larry joined The Austin Project's Board of Directors to provide his skills and knowledge in working with large Central Texas funder to identify new opportunities of engagement specific to workforce , poverty, and economic opportunity to further TAP's mission. Larry has also worked with Deloitte Consulting helping agencies build consensus and at Michael & Susan Dell Foundation where he led the Dell Scholars Program.
Partner of Civic Interest, Austin, TX
David has advised public, private and non-profit entities on issues and new initiatives in Central
Texas. He focuses on engaging the grass tops and grass roots in systemically addressing education and health and health and human service issues. David initiated and created the alliance for the “I Live Here I Give Here” campaign to promote philanthropy in Central Texas and led as Chair of the Community Action Network (CAN), an effort that resulted in a community dashboard to measure and align work to address health, human service and educational issues. David joined the TAP Board in 2015.
Judge Jim Coronado
Presiding Judge of the 427th District Court
Jim is a graduate of the University of Texas and The University of Texas School of Law. He has served as the presiding judge of the 427th District Court since January 2009. Coronado was a criminal court magistrate for Travis County from 1991 to 2008. Jim previously served as a municipal judge for Austin and Kyle.
Chrys Dougherty, IV, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist at ACT, Inc. National Center for Educational Achievement
His recent writing has addressed the importance of early learning, the challenge of catching up students who are far behind, the consistency of districts’ value-added measures across subjects and grade levels, and how school districts can support educators’ use of data. After teaching science in an elementary school in Oakland, California, Dr. Dougherty received his Master of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He taught statistics, economics, econometrics, and education policy courses at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and authored, Asking the Right Questions about Schools: a Parents' Guide. Chrys is a 2nd generation TAP Board member and serves on the Development Committee.
Attorney at Law Griffin/Frey
Julie is focused on estate planning, estate administration, and tax-exempt organizations. She is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Julie received her J.D. from College of William and Mary in 1994 and was a Briefing Attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas. Julie is experienced in charitable planning and nonprofit governance.
Principal and Founder, CivicAnalytics
Brian has helped many clients, from rural communities to the White House. He has designed and implemented successful economic development strategies. Brian brings to every research challenge a rare combination of deep analytical thinking and the ability to explain complex information in simple terms. Prior to founding Civic Analytics, Brian was a senior advisor at the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Brian joined the TAP Board of Directors in 2015.
Principal and CEO at AM Associates
Ara has served for 20 years in various senior positions with institutions of higher education and Texas State legislative and executive branch agencies, including Blueprint Director for the E3 Alliance at Austin Community College and Director for Planning and Development and Workforce Education and School-to-Careers Policy Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Budget and Planning. In addition to TAP, he serves on several non-profit boards and advisory committees, including the CAN Community Council, and was named a “Best Practices Partner” by the National Partnership for Reinventing Government. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration, and he is a Certified Facilitator.
Owner and Executive Director at Stepping Stone School
Rhonda created Stepping Stone School as a solution to her own challenge of finding high-quality, educational childcare. While simultaneously raising her children and launching her business, Rhonda immersed herself in the study of early care and education. As Stepping Stone School and her children grew, so did Rhonda’s knowledge and expertise. Rhonda has a Master’s Degree in child development from The University of Texas.
Workforce Development and Organizational Effectiveness Officer, Public Works Department at City of Austin
Jeffrey has over twenty years of experience providing management solutions in the public and non-profit sectors. He has analyzed, designed, and implemented organizational improvements that have enhanced the effectiveness of several non-profit organizations. Jeffrey serves on the, KLRU Community Advisory Board, Black Leadership Congress of Texas, Board of Directors, and was President of the Austin Branch of the NAACP. Jeffrey received his Master Of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin and was the University of Texas at Austin, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship Recipient in 1985. Jeffrey has served on the TAP Board since 1992.