11/18/16 Austin | Inside the Political Landscape
The Presidency, the House and the Senate will all be in play in 2016. What will the impact of the elections be on companies and the boards that serve them? How will the outcome of the elections affect strategy and risk oversight?
Panelists discussed the impact of the November election on the local, statewide and national business environment, with a particular focus on issues that directors of central Texas companies and organizations may find important in shaping their outlook for the years ahead. Key topics included:
- Impact on Key Legislative Priorities Affecting Austin-Area Companies
- The Partisan Divide, and Prospects for Moving Past Gridlock
- Healthcare Reform
- Tax Reform
- Enforcement and Liability Risks
- Prospects for Economic Growth
- The Debate over Income Inequality, the Minimum Wage, and the Gender Pay Gap
Location and Time
1900 University Ave
Austin, TX 78705
7:00 am Registration / Networking / Breakfast Buffet Opens
7:30 am Breakfast / Roundtable Introductions and Topic Discussion
7:50 am Program Presentation Begins
8:30 am Audience Q&A
9:00 am Adjourn Presentation
9:15 am Final Networking
Angela EvansDean, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) School of Public Affairs and former Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service
Angela Evans joined the faculty of the LBJ School in 2009 as a Clinical Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. On January 16, 2016 she assumed the position of dean of the School—the first dean appointed by the current President of the University of Texas Austin, Dr. Gregory Fenves.
Since joining the LBJ School, she has earned numerous teaching awards, including the 2012 Texas Exes teaching award; the most valuable class (2010 and 2012) and the most helpful professor (every year since 2010). She teaches graduate courses in policy development, public management, and ethics.
Professor Evans has received research grants from the National Science Foundation through which she is developing ways to enhance the exchange of knowledge and expertise between the academic and policy making and policy implementation communities to better inform public policies. She also conducted a special research project with her students, which resulted in a widely distributed report entitled, “The Reclamation of the U.S. Congress,” which presents proposals on how the Congress could adjust its governance and processes to improve legislative deliberations.
Prior to joining the faculty Professor Evans worked for the US Congress for nearly 40 years, the last 15 of which she served as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a legislative branch agency that provides nonpartisan research and public policy analysis to Congress. In this capacity, she oversaw all facets of the research scholarship, development and operations within the Service. She led the first agency-wide reorganization in thirty years, developed the first agency-wide interdisciplinary collaborative research framework, secured foundation support for several large research projects, and oversaw a $110 million budget and 700 professional staff representing a broad range of disciplines, including those from law, the physical and social sciences, and medicine.
She served as the President of the Association of Schools of Public Policy and Administration and is on the executive committee of National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Analysis. Professor Evans also is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Ms. Evans has served as an Instructor at the University of Maryland, a Senior Fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles, and as a consultant to Motorola, Citibank, Amoco, and Proctor and Gamble.
Sherri GreenbergClinical Professor and Fellow of the Max Sherman Chair, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Director, American Society for Public Administration, Section on Women in Public Administration, CenTex Chapter, Jewish Community Relations Council of Austin, City of Austin General Obligation Housing Bond Review Committee
Sherri R. Greenberg is a Clinical Professor and Fellow of the Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. In addition to her role as a member of the Central Health Board of Managers, she is a Senior Advisor to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and a member of the City’s Housing Bond Review Committee.
Greenberg served for 10 years as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, completing her final term in January 2001. In 1999, the Speaker of the House appointed her to chair the House Pensions and Investments Committee and to chair the Select Committee on Teacher Health Insurance. She served two terms on the House Appropriations Committee, and served on the Appropriations Committee’s Education, and Major Information Systems Subcommittees. Other committee assignments included the House Economic Development Committee, Elections Committee, and Science and Technology Committee.
As a public finance professional, Greenberg served as the Manager of Capital Finance for the City of Austin from 1985 to 1989, overseeing the City’s debt management, capital budgeting, and capital improvement programs. Prior to that she was a Public Finance Officer at Standard & Poor’s Corporation in New York, where she analyzed and assigned bond ratings to public projects across the country.
Professor Greenberg received an M.Sc. in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, she serves on the national board for the American Society for Public Administration and is a board member for the Section on Women in Public Administration, as well as a CenTex Chapter board member. Also, Greenberg is a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Austin and an appointed member of the City of Austin General Obligation Housing Bond Review Committee.
Sherri Greenberg was appointed to the Board of Managers by Travis County Commissioners Court to a four-year term in February, 2015.
Bill HammondChief Executive Officer, Texas Association of Business
Bill Hammond is Chief Executive Officer of Texas Association of Business & Chambers of Commerce (TAB/TABCC) and has led the state’s most influential business and chamber organization since April 1998.
At the helm of TAB, Hammond has worked aggressively and successfully to ensure a strong pro-business tax and regulatory climate in Texas. His proven track record of leadership in support of Texas business includes the aggressive pursuit of worker’s compensation reform and building broad-based coalitions to successfully advocate for quality Pre-Kindergarten education, greater transparency and accountability in K-12 public education, and for much needed reforms to the state’s higher education system.
Texas Monthly named Hammond one of the top 25 most powerful people in Texas politics in 2011. Campaign & Politics magazine recognized Hammond in 2010 as one of the state’s Top 10 Most Influential Figures in Politics and Government. Prior to leading TAB, Hammond served for three years as chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush. Hammond also served as employer representative on the three-member commission.
He served four-terms in the Texas House of Representatives during the 1980s where he successfully authored the Texas Education Agency Sunset Bill, and was named one of the states top ten legislators by Texas Monthly and Dallas Morning News.
A former employer, Hammond was owner and president of Dallas Tent and Awning Company prior to his public service in state government and leadership of TAB. He and his wife, Deborah, reside in Austin. She is a licensed clinical social worker. The couple has three children: John, Phil, and Caroline.
Dan Graham, ModeratorCo-Founder, BuildASign.com
Director, Austin Community Foundation, Glasshouse Policy, and Mission Capital
Dan Graham co-founded BuildASign.com in 2005 and oversees the company's growth strategy and plays a key role in its philanthropic efforts and talent acquisition. He also co-founded Notley in 2015 with his wife Lisa. Dan is a recipient of various awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The YearÂ® 2013 Central Texas award, Austin Business Journal's 2012 Best CEO Award, and Austin Under 40 Austinite of the Year and winner in the Business and Entrepreneurship category in 2012. As a native Austinite, Dan personally gives back to the Austin community through participation on the Board of Directors for numerous philanthropic organizations including Austin Community Foundation, Glasshouse Policy, and Mission Capital among others. He also acts as a mentor to aspiring young entrepreneurs working with Capital Factory and SKU. Dan is a member of esteemed local and national organizations including University of Texas at Austin's College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council, Young President's Organization, Startup Games (Board Member), The Texas Lyceum, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin (2003), and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law (2005). As the father to three incredible daughters, Dan spends his free time with them and his wife, Lisa. Dan is an avid reader and enjoys practicing yoga a few times a week.