Our Team

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LBJ Women's Campaign School: Our Team

 

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Our Advisory Board

Esperanza "Hope" Andrade

Secretary Esperanza "Hope" Andrade

Secretary Esperanza "Hope" Andrade served as Texas's 107th secretary of state, Texas workforce commissioner and Texas Department of Transportation commissioner. She has been a successful entrepreneur, business leader and government official in the state of Texas for more than three decades. As an entrepreneur she has created, grown and sold three high-growth companies, Andrade brings a broad business perspective with particular expertise in health care, transportation, workforce and economic development.  

Nancy Bocskor

Nancy Bocskor

Nancy Bocskor is the director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at Texas Woman's University. The author of Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors: A Practical Guide to Fundraising, she is an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, where she taught both online and in-class fundraising courses. She is on the board for Running Start, an organization that encourages young women to run for office, and is an adviser for Veterans Campaign, a program that encourages veterans to enter public service. She recently joined the board of the Lone Star Parity Project in Texas. She also served on the board of the Women's Campaign School at Yale for seven years, where she spent five years as chair of the school's curriculum committee. @nancybocskor  

Liz Chadderdon

Liz Chadderdon

Liz Chadderdon is president of Chadderdon Lestingi Creative Strategies, a Democratic direct mail located in the Washington, DC area. She helped develop the curriculum for the 2019 Yale Women's Campaign School, and has presented at their program annually since 2004. Chadderdon has been a guest on "Larry King Live," "CNN American Morning," CNN International, Fox Election Headquarters, Fox News' "Power Play" and MSNBC. She has been the Democratic on-air host for BBC World Service News radio's U.S. election coverage from 2012 to 2018. She is an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin. @Lizchadderdon  

Dr. Erika Gonzalez

Dr. Erika Gonzalez

Dr. Erika Gonzalez is chair of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is CEO/president and founder of South Texas Allergy and Asthma Medical Professionals (STAAMP) as well as STAAMP Clinical Research. Dr. Gonzalez is dedicated to making a difference in her community and serves as a director of the Texas Lyceum and as a National Committee member for Latino Victory Project. In 2019, she was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar.  

Jane Macon

Jane Macon

Jane Macon is a partner at Bracewell LLP. She made history in the city of San Antonio when she became the first woman to serve as city attorney from 1977 to 1983. In 2000, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Selective Service Appeal Board. Macon currently serves as chair of Siebert Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: SIEB). @BracewellLaw  

Nelda Martinez

Mayor Nelda Martinez

Mayor Nelda Martinez broke historical barriers in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2012 as the city's first Hispanic woman to be elected mayor. Mayor Martinez served as a national co-chair for Mayor Pete Buttigieg's 2020 presidential campaign. She serves and has served on numerous boards including the Texas Municipal League, KEDT Public Television, the Girl Scouts of South Texas, Foster Angels of South Texas and the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation. Martinez earned a bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin. @NeldaMartinez_  

Justice Rebeca Martinez

Justice Rebeca Martinez

Justice Rebeca Martinez is a justice on the Texas 4th Court of Appeals, elected on Nov. 6, 2012. She is a sustaining life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the San Antonio Bar Foundation, and has served on the board of the National Association of Women Judges, on the curriculum committee for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, and on the Mexican American Bar Association, among others. Martinez graduated from Southern Methodist University and earned her law degree from the Boston University School of Law. @Rebeca4Judge12  

Mia Garza McCord

Mia Garza McCord

Mia Garza McCord is the president of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute (TCCRI) — the organization's first Hispanic and its first woman to serve in this capacity. A South Texas native, McCord began her work in Texas government and politics after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin in December 2004. She is on the board of directors for Red State Women, is the past president and founding member of Capitol Republican Women and was a 2018 woman of the year candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She and her husband, John, live in Leander with their two children, John Mark and Estela, and are active members of Lake Hills Church.  

Dr. Nan McRaven

Dr. Nan McRaven

Dr. Nan McRaven is a former vice president of Motorola and has served on the Austin Community College District Board of Trustees since 2002. She earned her master's degree in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and her doctorate in higher education administration/community college leadership from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. McRaven is also the state advocacy representative for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. @accdistrict  

Annise Parker

Mayor Annise Parker

Mayor Annise Parker is the president and CEO of Victory Fund and Victory Institute. She served six years as a Houston City Council member, six years as city controller, and six years as mayor of Houston. She was the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major American city. In 2010 TIME magazine named Mayor Parker one of the 100 most influential people in the world. @AnniseParker  

Phil Ritter

Phil Ritter

Phil Ritter is the COO of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. Before joining the Institute, Ritter served as executive vice president for government and stakeholder affairs at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. He is the former was senior vice president of public affairs with Texas Instruments Incorporated, with global responsibility for government affairs, community relations and corporate political activities. He earned his master's in public affairs at the LBJ School, and his J.D. from the University of Maryland. @TXMind  

Dasheika Ruffin

Dasheika Ruffin

Dasheika Ruffin is the owner and principal of DMR Strategies LLC. As a seasoned political operative and civil rights attorney with over 20 years of campaign and advocacy experience, she has been at the forefront of some of our nation's most historic and consequential campaigns, such as Doug Jones for Senate, Ayanna Pressley for Congress, and Elizabeth Warren for President. Most recently, she served as senior advisor for Rev. Raphael Warnock's Senate campaign. Previously, she served as the Southern regional director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she focused on ending mass incarceration in the South and helped the organization secure two of its most historic victories that ushered the end of century long Jim-Crow era laws. Ruffin is a 2020 fellow of the Presidential Leaders Program. @dasheikaruffin  

Jenifer Sarver

Jenifer Sarver

Jenifer Sarver, principal at Sarver Strategies, has more than two decades of experience in media relations, crisis communications, speechwriting, coalition building and media and presentation skills training. She ran for Congress in Texas in 2018 and was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar in 2017. She is a fellow of the inaugural class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She was chief of staff to Ambassador Karen Hughes, deputy director of public affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce, director of The Archer Center and served as a senior adviser to U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Sarver is an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin. @UTSarver  

Doris Slay-Barber

Doris Slay-Barber

Doris Slay-Barber is president of Texas Business Women Inc. and a trustee for the Texas Business and Professional Women's Foundation Board. After over four decades as a public school educator, administrator and district coordinator, she continues to teach senior citizens technology at the San Antonio Senior Centers. Slay-Barber served over 10 years on the Board of Trustees for St. Mary's University and continues to serve on university board-level and advisory committees as a trustee emerita. St. Mary's University named her its distinguished alumna in 2017, recognizing her support for education, scholarship and lifelong learning. The lifelong goal of education for all, in all areas of learning, drives her service as president of the board for The Children's Ballet of San Antonio and as a trustee for the Constance Allen Heritage Guild for Lifetime Learning.  

Amy Whited, founder of Pink Granite

Amy Whited

Amy Whited is the director of state government relations and public affairs at UCB, Inc., where she manages lobbying and government relations activities for the company across the southwestern United States. She is the founder of Pink Granite, a nonpartisan community of women supporting women working or aspiring to work in Texas politics and public policy. Pink Granite works to bring original educational content and nonpartisan networking opportunities to the women it serves. @amy_whited  

Terri Broussard Williams

Terri Broussard Williams

Terri Broussard Williams is an award-winning lobbyist, philanthropist and professional speaker who has spent the past 20 years helping leaders and organizations create systemic change to further their mission. Broussard Williams serves on boards including the Association of Junior Leagues International, The University of Texas-Austin McCombs College of Business Community Capstone Advisory Board, The University of Texas-Austin Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Engagement and The Louisiana State University Diversity Advisory Board. She shares advice, tools and perspective on campaigns, lobbying and volunteerism at movementmakertribe. @TerriBWilliams  

Our Staff

Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is assistant dean for civic engagement and chief diversity officer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she was selected as one of UT's Game Changers. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Department of Mexican-American Studies and was named one of the top 12 scholars in the country by Diverse magazine. Her areas of expertise include women in politics, Latinos, immigration, political psychology, and campaigns and elections. She is a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo and has served as a commentator on CNN, Fox, PBS, Univision, NPR and NBCNews.com.
vmdsoto@austin.utexas.edu  

Amy Kroll

Amy Kroll, founder and executive director, LBJ Women's Campaign School

Amy Kroll (MPAff '20) is a Ben Barnes Fellow and graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush selected her to join the 2020 class of Presidential Leadership Scholars. In 2019, she was selected by the European Parliament as one of 100 leaders worldwide to participate in the European Union's Visitors Program. Before her master’s program, Kroll spent six years working in Democratic politics, most recently as deputy campaign manager for congressional candidate Jay Hulings. Her focus is on grassroots activism, and she is proud of her work as field director at the Texas Democratic Party and organizing for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO). Before moving to Texas, Kroll worked in Washington, DC as the assistant to the chair at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and as a program assistant at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). She graduated from Stanford in 2012 as president of her class with a bachelor's degree in international relations and a minor in German. At Stanford, Kroll interned at the U.S. Department of State, the California State Legislature and the German Parliament. In 2016, she married Air Force Captain Louis Lachman.
lbjwcs@austin.utexas.edu

Thank you to the LBJ School faculty who have contributed to the success of the program: