Colin Allred for Congress Campaign Advisory Board
The Colin Allred for Congress Advisory Board is comprised of leaders from across the business, political, and non-profit sectors who will offer their expertise and strategic guidance to the campaign.
Naomi Aberly, Chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation Board of Directors
Naomi Aberly is the chair of the Planned Parenthood Federation Board of Directors. Naomi is also a board member of SiX, the State Innovation Exchange, Battleground Texas and the Texas Future Project. She served on the National Finance Council for President Obama in 2008 and 2016 and is a former board chair of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and Annie’s List in Texas. She is a member of the Planned Parenthood Leadership Council, the Women Donors Network, and the EMILY’s List Majority Council.
Tre’ Black, President of TreCo Investments Ltd.
Tre’ Black is the President of TreCo Investments. He currently serves as a board member of Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, the Senior Source, and the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce. He previously served as a board member of organizations such as the YMCA and the Dallas Foundation’s Pegasus Advisory Committee. Additionally, Mr. Black has been a key political campaign advisor for several elected officials throughout Dallas County.
Inette Brown received BA and JD degrees from the University of Texas and practiced corporate law in Houston and Los Angeles. She chaired the boards of nonprofit arts organizations in Houston and Santa Fe, NM and since moving to Dallas has supported various civic, political and arts organizations.
Becky Bruder, Community Board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Becky Bruder is a member of the Community Board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and of the Board of Directors of the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Teen Pregnancy. She previously served as a Board Member of Annie’s List and as the capital campaign co-chair for Planned Parenthood of North Texas. She has also led many other area non-profit and political organizations over the past years.
Sec. Julián Castro, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Sec. Castro served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017, and previously served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 2009 he joined the cabinet in 2014. Julián was also San Antonio’s youngest councilman when elected in 2001, and was the first Hispanic American to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where he attended with his twin brother, Representative Joaquin Castro.
Jill Cochran is a self-confessed political junkie whose main purpose in life, since that fateful day in November 2016, is to turn Texas back to Blue! She helped start and is a leader of the Funky East Dallas Democrats Club and also serves as a leader of East Dallas Votes, a group whose motto is to educate, empower, and elect. Jill currently serves on the U.S. Fund for Unicef’s Great Plains Board Emeriti. She has also worked with Miracle Players and has served on the board of Family Gateway.
Hon. Wendy Davis, former Gubernatorial Candidate and State Senator
Wendy Davis is a former state senator from Fort Worth, Texas. She represented District 10 in the Texas Senate from 2009 to 2015, and previously served on the Fort Worth City Council. Davis gained national attention from holding a thirteen-hour filibuster to block SB 5 in 2013, which aimed to increase abortion restrictions in Texas. Davis ran for governor of Texas in 2014 as the Democratic Party’s nominee. Wendy Davis is now the founder of Deeds Not Words, an organization which inspires women to take action towards organizing for equality. She is a graduate of Tarrant County College, Texas Christian University and Harvard Law School, and has two daughters, Amber and Dru.
Tim Doke, Senior Communications Consultant
With a strong background in corporate communications and marketing, Tim Doke has spent the past 40+ years advising Fortune 100 CEOs on a broad range of issues, notably reputation management, litigation and crisis communications. Following 12 years in the public relations agency business, Tim held the top communications role at American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Dell, Brinker International and Freescale Semiconductor, which was the target of a large private equity buyout in 2007. He subsequently led marketing and public affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center and UNT Health Science Center. In 2002, he was named Public Relations Professional of the Year in recognition of his work during and following the events of 9/11. Tim graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Missouri and studied International Law at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He is a member of the Dallas Assembly and has served on the boards of the Dallas Theater Center, Seattle Symphony, TACA, the Greater Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the College of Charleston Communications Advisory Council and other non-profits. Tim currently does senior communications consulting and is a guest lecturer at a number of colleges and universities.
Abby Evans, Independent Marketing and Strategy Consultant
Abby Evans is a Marketing and Strategy Consultant at BrandCory Design and Communications. She received her BA and MA/MBA at Southern Methodist University.
Isaac Faz, Vice President of Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
Isaac Faz is the vice president of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association. Isaac previously worked for Univision Dallas, and was a presidential appointee under President Obama, working at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Isaac ran for the Dallas Independent School Board in 2016, and was endorsed by State Rep. Rafael Anchia, State Rep. Roberto Alonzo, Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, and Dallas Mayor pro tem Monica Alonzo.
David Gail, Attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
David Gail is an attorney in the corporate practice at Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP. David served on President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee in 2008 and 2012. David grew up in Dallas and is a graduate of Princeton University and Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Jennifer Guyot-Wallace, President of JGW Labor Relations
Jennifer Guyot-Wallace is the President and Owner of JGW Labor Relations. She is a member of the Equality Texas Board of Directors and a graduate of Texas Women’s University. Jennifer is also a proud veteran of the United States Army, the Army National Guard, and the Army Reserves.
Tracey Guyot-Wallace, partner at Jackson Walker, LLP
Tracey Guyot-Wallace’s practice focuses on the defense and trial of complex cases in federal and state courts. She has represented a broad range of state, national, and international clients in the full spectrum of employment matters. She has also drafted manuals and policies for companies, and trained employees. Her labor counseling and representation involves the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Railway Labor Act (RLA). She is also a member of Lambda Legal’s national Board of Directors and is active in the Dallas philanthropic community.
Mita Havlick, public education advocate
Mita is a former sales and technology executive and a mother of two children in Dallas public schools. She has spent countless hours volunteering in district schools and her community, both as a parent and a community representative. Mita serves on the Travis Vanguard and Academy PTA Board and SBDM, the Stonewall Jackson SBDM, and on the board of Emanuel Community Center. Most recently, Mita ran for Dallas ISD District 2 School Board Trustee. Mita continues to support and believe in public education and the power of community and families in our schools.
Trey Hoobler CEO, Hunger Busters
Trey Hoobler is the CEO of Hunger Busters, a Dallas-based charity that provides a third meal of the day to food-insecure children throughout the Dallas Independent School District through its “Feed the Need” after school program. In 2017, HungerBusters is set to provide 350,000 meals to 11 DISD schools and 6 after school programs.
Eric D. Johnson
Eric D. Johnson is a long-time educator in Dallas Independent School District. He took a two-year hiatus from teaching in 2015-2016 to serve on the national finance committee for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. He also currently serves as the chair of the Texas Equity PAC–the PAC affiliated with Equality Texas. Along with his husband, Dr. Mark Parker, Eric has supported many candidates at the local, county, state, and national level for over a decade.
Sameena Karmally, founder of DFW Muslim Bar Association
Sameena Karmally serves on the Board of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation. Sameena previously ran to represent District 89 of the Texas House of Representatives in 2014, and was endorsed by the Dallas Morning News.
Elizabeth Kooy, Social Worker
Elizabeth Kooy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works in the field of juvenile justice. She is the founder of the Park Cities Democratic Women’s Association.
Harry Lake serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Koa Partners (Koa) and is responsible for the overall strategy of the privately-held firm. Mr. Lake has worked in the real estate investment industry since 1998 and honorably served six years in the Hawaii Army National Guard. He is active in the Urban Land Institute’s Redevelopment & Reuse Council (RRC), Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), The Real Estate Council (TREC), and the Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American Red Cross Blood Services Board in Dallas as well as a graduate of the Associate Leadership Council (ALC), Leadership Dallas, and Leadership SoCal. Mr. Lake is a LEED Accredited Professional focused on advancing sustainable real estate practices.
Lisa Lake is the Director of her company’s philanthropic branch, Koa Canopy, whose mission is to inspire and empower communities and causes that Koa Partners is called to serve. She has a Master of Social Work from the University of Hawaii and has proudly devoted her career to veterans and the elderly. She leads a progressive group in her neighborhood in District 32 and also leads a dynamic women’s book club in Dallas. Her proudest accomplishment is being the mother of two sons, and she strives to create a world that opens its arms to their inquisitiveness and ingenuity. She serves as Treasurer and Secretary of her eldest son’s Cub Scout Pack and Room Mother of her youngest son’s Montessori preschool classroom.
Clarisa Lindenmeyer, Principal at Proximity to Power
Clarisa Lindenmeyer is a Business Strategist who partners with CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs to grow their companies utilizing an outside of the box approach to brand building and problem solving. After spending nearly a decade working in strategy and partnerships with a focus on new revenue, for multimillion dollar brands and startups, Clarisa formed her own consulting practice, Proximity to Power, which specializes in high level strategy for the C-Suite.
Clarisa previously served as the Chief Revenue Officer at Tech Wildcatters. During her tenure Clarisa brought Dallas’s largest Startup Pitch Day to the floor of the American Airlines Center in partnership with the Dallas Stars. She also launched and led the Corporate Innovation Network with companies like CBRE, GameStop, Comerica Bank and 7-11.
A graduate of University of Texas at Austin and MBA from UTD, Clarisa serves on the Friends of Fair Park Board of Directors, Advisory Board of Dallas Innovates, as a Mentor at The Mill Las Vegas, and advises numerous startups. She is a proud wife and mother of three.
Susan Matusewicz, Vice President at Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty
Susan Matusewicz is Vice President of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. She is President of the Board of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (the MAC) and has served on governing boards of the Lakewood Literary Guild, Lakewood Service League, and the PTA, where she is a Life Member. She is a member of the Dallas City Center Association, as well as a founding member of the Dallas Architecture Forum. A St. Louis native, she is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.
Sydney McQuoid, Founder and President at McQuoid Coaching
Sydney McQuoid is the founder and president of McQuoid Coaching, where she provides expertise to CEOs, entrepreneurs, law partners, and administrators. She has particular expertise in internet advertising and media as she served as the Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales for Oxygen Media, Vice President of Affiliate Sales for the Game Show Network, and Vice President of Affiliate Sales for Lifetime. Sydney is a past Board member of the North Dallas Texas Democratic Women, member of the Annie’s List Dallas Steering Committee and Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Luncheon Committee.
Tricia Miller is a community leader who currently serves on Executive Committee of Annie’s List Board of Directors, a Texas PAC working to elect progressive women to office, the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Board of Directors and has recently served on KERA Board of Directors. Tricia is active in local, regional and national political issues.
Dan Mulhern, Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley
Dan Mulhern is a lecturer at the Haas School of Business and Boalt Law School at the University of California, Berkeley. Mulhern has co-authored A Governor’s Story with his wife, Jennifer Granholm. Prior to serving as Michigan’s First Gentleman, Mulhern created a successful leadership firm, called the Mulhern Hastings Group, and he later launched Dan Mulhern Inc. and Granholm Mulhern Associates, where he is currently President.
Andrew Payne, Founding Partner of PayneMitchell Law Group
Andy Payne is the founding partner of PayneMitchell Law Group. In addition to being the Director Emeritus of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Dallas Bar Foundation, he is also a member of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics & Professionalism. He is a Fellowship Member and on the Board of Directors for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and has served on both the Texas Bar Association and Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors.
Mandy Price, Partner at Barnes & Thornburg
Mandy Price is a Partner at Barnes & Thornburg, where her practice focuses on complex corporate and transactional matters, including representation of private equity firms and public companies in connection with public and private acquisitions and divestitures. Mandy serves on the Board of Directors of TexProtects, an advocacy group focused on child abuse prevention programs; is a member of the Board of Trustees of ChildCareGroup; serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and is a member of the UT McCombs School of Business BBA Advisory Board. Mandy is also a Past-President of the J.L. Turner Legal Association, the African-American bar association in Dallas, and currently serves as Public Policy Co-Chair for the organization. Mandy holds a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Tex Quesada, former President of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
Tex Quesada is the former President of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association and was the first Hispanic President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Quesada has worked for the Supreme Court of Texas and served on the local Grievance Committee and the State Pattern Jury Charge Committee. He received his law degree from Baylor University.
Selwyn Rayzor, President of the Rayzor Company
Selwyn Rayzor is president of the Rayzor Company, a family owned investment company, and is on the board of the Rayzor Company and Suderman & Young Towing, harbor tugboat company in the Gulf of Mexico. She is also a member of the Westpark TIRZ (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone) Board with the city of Denton. She is founding board chair of the Great Plains Board of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and is serves on the National Development Board of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Family Gateway, the community board of Planned Parenthood of North Texas and the Board of Directors of Annie’s List.
Julie Ross, Healthcare and Disability Rights Activist
Julie Ross is a healthcare and disability rights activist who currently serves as chair of the Government Affairs Committee for The Arc of Texas. She is a member of The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and will soon graduate from Texas Partners in Policymaking, a leadership training program sponsored by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities. With a degree in psychology and human rights from Southern Methodist University, Julie advocates for state and federal legislation that promotes disability rights.
Steve Rudner, Chair of Equality Texas
Steve Rudner is the chair of Equality Texas Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Freedom for All Americans, and is the Founder and Managing Partner of Rudner Law Offices, a Dallas-based law firm that represents hotels throughout the world. Steve is an advocate for LGBTQ rights in Texas and across the country. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children.
Trillion Small, Trauma Expert and Author
Trillion Small is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate with a focus on extreme trauma among adults and children. As a therapist, Trillion has helped countless individuals overcome some of the most severe and traumatic events any person can experience. Trillion is a lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Department. She received her Bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Missouri, her Masters degree in Professional Counseling at Lipscomb University, and she is a doctoral candidate (PhD) for Clinical Counseling at Trevecca Nazarene University.
Dan Syed, Attorney at Jones Day
Dan Syed is an employment and labor associate at Jones Day. Dan assisted in drafting and filing numerous clemency applications as a part of the Clemency Project, including one granted by President Obama. He is on the steering committee for Swing Left TX-32 and a member of the Dallas Bar Association’s public forum committee. Dan is a graduate of Georgetown Law.
Linda Turley, lawyer
Linda Turley has been practicing law in Texas since 1983. She is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and was listed by U.S. News and World Report among Best Lawyers, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs.
Hon. Allen Vaught, former Texas State Representative
Allen Vaught is a former Texas State Representative, a purple heart recipient, and a litigator with more than 15 years of experience. Vaught was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve from 1997 until 2005 and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to March 2004. Vaught currently manages the Employment Law Group for Baron & Budd.
Kwame Watkins CFM, LEED AP, NPDP, President of Jengo Consulting LLC
Jengo Consulting LLC is a facilities management consulting firm, which is focused on helping educational institutions improve their student and business outcomes. As a personal passion, he has been involved with political campaigns since the early 2000s. He was part of a team of individuals that executed political fundraising events for young professionals in New York City. They were able to successfully raise over $100,000 for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall. He has been in the Dallas area for five years with his wife, Alana Sutton Watkins and their three children. Locally he has been a board member for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and a member of the local chapters of the United States Green Building Council and the International Facility Management Association.