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Austin Community Advisory Council

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The DDCE is one of the most innovative and comprehensive units of its kind and we believe that the skills necessary in today’s increasingly global society can be developed only through exposure to diverse people, cultures, ideas and viewpoints.The DDCE Austin Community Advisory Council is envisioned to be an advisory group, meeting once a year, with the role of guiding DDCE in promoting excellence through educational initiatives and developing a comprehensive community engagement plan.

Resources: Presentation from the 8/29/13 meeting.PDF

Council Members

  • Chief Art Acevedo, City of Austin Police Department
  • Ms. Marilyn Bostick, Director of Volunteer Services at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
  • Mr. Kevin Brackmeyer, Superintendent, Manor Independent School District
  • Ms. Debbie Bresette, President, United Way Capital Area
  • Ms. Lisa Byrd, Director, African American Cultural Heritage District
  • Reverend Paul Collinson-Streng, Campus Pastor, Lutheran Campus Ministry
  • Chief David Carter, University of Texas at Austin Police Department
  • Natalie Cofield, President & CEO, Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. John-Michael Cortez, Community Involvement Manager, Capital Metro
  • Dr. Kelly K. Crook, Superintendent, Del Valle Independent School District
  • Ms. Susan Dawson, Executive Director, E3 Alliance
  • Mr. Benjamin De Leon, Attorney, De Leon & Washburn Ms. Loretta Edelen, Community Outreach Director, Austin Community College
  • Mr. Akwasi Evans, Publisher NOKOA – The Observer
  • Mr. Carlos Femat, Community Relations Manager, Central Health
  • Ms. Fely Garcia, Community Affairs Manager, Univision
  • Ms. Iliana Gilman, Chief Strategy Officer, Austin Travis County Integral Care
  • Ms. Priscilla A. Hale, Director of Organizational Development ALLGO
  • Mr. Paul Huddleston, President, Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Foundation
  • Ms. Barbara James, Director of Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO), The University of Texas at Austin
  • Mr. Ali Khataw, Immediate Past Chair of the Board, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Nelson Linder, President, Austin NAACP
  • Mr. Stefan Molina, Director, Foundation & Program Development, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Mr. Teddy McDaniel, President and CEO, Austin Area Urban League
  • Mr. Freddie McFarland, Interim Superintendent, Pflugervilile Independent School District
  • The Honorable Harriet Murphy, Retired Judge, City of Austin Municipal Court
  • Ms. Marina Ong Bhargava, Executive Director, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
  • Ms. Sylvia Orozco, Executive Director, Mexic-Arte Museum
  • Mr. Mark Ott, City Manager, City of Austin
  • Ms. Marva Overton, Executive Director, Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas, and Blackland Neighborhood Association
  • Senior Pastor Joseph C. Parker, Jr., David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and Attorney at Law for Parker Enterprises
  • Ms. Christina Ramirez, Assignment Editor II , Longhorn Network
  • Dr. Richard Rhodes, President Austin Community College
  • Mr. Ed Roby, Retired Administrator, Austin Independent School District
  • Mr. Geronimo Rodriguez, Vice President, Diversity and Community Outreach, Seton Healthcare Family
  • Ms. Margo Sack, Director of Jewish Student Life Texas Hillel
  • Mr. Alex Sanchez, Director Public Relations and Multicultural Outreach Austin Independent School District
  • Mr. Alfredo Santos, Publisher, La Voz de Austin
  • Ms. Vanessa Sarria, Executive Director, Community Action Network
  • Ms. Suki Steinhauser, CEO, Communities in Schools of Central Texas
  • Mr. Lonny Stern, Senior Director Skillpoint Alliance
  • Ms. Simone Talma Flowers, Chief Operations Officer, Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT)
  • Mr. Vincent M. Torres, President,  Austin Independent School District Board
  • Mr. John Trevino, HUB Program Office, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ms. D'Andra Ulmer, Marketing Strategist, Grand Beginnings Marketing
  • Mr. Doyle Valdez, President, Advancing America, LLC
  • Ms. Madge Vasquez, Director of Dental Operations, St. David's Community Health Foundation
  • Mr. Jim Walker, Director of Sustainability, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Mr. Andy White, Executive Director, KLE Foundation
  • Mr. Tommy Wyatt, Publisher, The Villager