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Brown Bag Urban Series

Mon October 22, 2012 at SRH 3.122

Urban Management Series

Join us for a lunch event sponsored by the Blodgett Endowment for Urban Management and Finance.

We'll hear from Travis County Commissioner, Sarah Eckhardt, and former Austin City Councilman, Brewster McCracken, about their experience as elected officials in local government.  Both Eckhardt and McCracken are graduates of the LBJ School.

Sarah Eckhardt is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  She worked for eight years as an assistant Travis County attorney prosecuting misdemeanor criminal cases, pursuing protective orders for family violence victims and representing the County in various civil proceedings including mental health commitments, bond forfeitures, dangerous animal suits and environmental cases.  After her time as an assistant Travis County attorney, Eckhardt worked briefly for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid pursuing protective orders for indigent victims of family violence. 

In addition to her duties on the Commissioners Court, she represents Travis County as a board member of the Capital Area Council of Governments, the Community Action Network, the Lone Star Rail District and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (Vice Chair).  Eckhardt personally serves as a board member of Texas Freedom Network.

Brewster McCracken is Executive Director of Pecan Street Inc., a smart grid research and commercialization consortium headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr.

McCracken was one of three global smart grid project leaders invited by the government of Japan to present at the one-year anniversary conference for the reconstruction of Fukushima in March 2012, and he is lead author of the Pecan Street Consortium’s forthcoming publication, Developers Guide: Green Button, HEMS & Smart Meter Texas 3rd Party Access.

He was elected to two terms on the Austin City Council, serving in a city-wide at large position. Through his elected position, he founded and chaired the city council’s Emerging Technologies Committee, led the city’s collaboration with The University of Texas to establish technology incubators in bioscience and wireless technologies and served for six years as a board member of Austin Energy.

Prior to holding elected office, he practiced commercial litigation for nearly a decade with two large international law firms. He is an honors graduate of Princeton University and The University of Texas School of Law, and he also holds a Masters in Public Affairs from UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

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