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Women Working It Across the Board

To give credit where it’s due - the Quorum Report has reported the following ladies on the move.

  • Courtney Reid from the House Committee on Insurance is moving over to Mindy Ellmer’s shop next month.

  • Jennifer Fagan has recently started a new position as the Vice President for Government Affairs at the Texas Construction Association.

  • Jennie Kennedy in Rep. Celia Israel’s office is taking a new position at AFT as Legislative and Policy Director.

Big high fives and slow claps to each of these ladies!

If you don’t subscribe to the Quorum Report and are interested in immersing yourself in Texas politics or policy you’re missing out. Certainly the best money you can spend to get started.

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Portia Bosse Named TSTA Director for Public Affairs
Portia Bosse, via LinkedIn

Portia Bosse, via LinkedIn

Per a recent press release:

Portia Bosse is the Texas State Teachers Association’s new Director for Public Affairs, Executive Director Richard Kouri announced today. Bosse, an attorney in her 13th year with TSTA, will direct a staff tasked with governmental and political relations as well as communications with members, the news media and the general public. Bosse previously was a TSTA Governmental Relations Specialist, responsible for working with the Texas House, the State Board of Education and the State Board for Educator Certification. “I am pleased to announce Portia’s promotion,” Kouri said. “She will direct TSTA’s public education message and promote our priorities during this election season and next year’s legislative session, when issues of crucial importance to public schools, students and educators will be decided. I am confident our message and our priorities will be heard loud and clear at the state Capitol and in school board rooms across Texas.”

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Amanda Woog Named Executive Director at Texas Fair Defense Project

Per a recent press release:

The Texas Fair Defense Project’s Board of Directors and staff are excited to announce that Amanda Woog is the organization’s new Executive Director.

Ms. Woog is a nationally recognized leader in the criminal justice reform movement. Her work has been widely recognized in the media, including The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Univision, and New York Daily News. Additionally, she has had opinion pieces published in the Washington Post, The Conversation, the Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle.

“Amanda is the perfect choice to lead the organization into its next phase of development. Her broad knowledge of criminal justice issues coupled with her strategic vision for TFDP’s future are exactly what we need. We are thrilled to have her,” said Board of Directors Chair Jennifer Brevorka.

Ms. Woog most recently completed a research fellowship at the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to her time at the Quattrone Center, Ms. Woog completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis at the University of Texas at Austin and co-founded the Texas Justice Initiative, an online interactive database of custodial deaths and deaths in police interactions in Texas.

Ms. Woog has worked as a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and a briefing attorney to the Honorable Cheryl Johnson of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Ms. Woog also served as the Policy Director of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence during the 84th legislative session. “I have long admired the Texas Fair Defense Project and its work on behalf of indigent people caught up in the criminal justice system. I look forward to building upon TFDP's successes and working with allies in fighting for a more just Texas,” said Ms. Woog, who begins her new role September 4, 2018.

About the Texas Fair Defense Project The Texas Fair Defense Project is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to fight for a criminal justice system that respects the rights of low-income Texans. We envision a new system of justice that is fair, compassionate, and respectful. Through impact litigation, legislative advocacy, and education, we are working to end counterproductive, costly, and unconstitutional practices like jail time for traffic tickets and our broken money-bail system.

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Communications Changes at the General Land Office

From a recent press release:

Commissioner George P. Bush announced that Brittany Eck, current Press Secretary for the Texas General Land Office (GLO), has transitioned to the role of Communications Director for the Community Development and Revitalization Program (CDR).

Karina Erickson, former Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Ted Poe, has joined the GLO as Press Secretary.

"The Texas General Land Office was faced with unprecedented responsibility in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey," said Commissioner Bush. "Brittany's extensive experience with the General Land Office and disaster response will be invaluable to the Community Development and Revitalization program and her new team. I look forward to growing our communications department as Karina joins the General Land Office. Her experience with Congressman Poe will be a great addition to the GLO team."

This transition comes as the Land Office expands the CDR program, giving help to thousands of Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Funding for CDR staff comes from federal disaster recovery allocations. With the GLO's new role as the first agency in history to partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for short-term housing assistance, as well as more than $10 billion in long-term housing and mitigation funding, the GLO will continue its efforts to communicate effectively with community leaders and residents to ensure they are aware of available resources.

Eck has taken the lead on disaster recovery communications since Hurricane Harvey's landfall almost one year ago. She will expand her role to oversee the CDR communications team and supervise agency efforts related to both short and long-term disaster response.

Eck has more than a decade and a half experience in communications, government and community outreach. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Texas A&M University as well as a master's in communications from Johns Hopkins University.

Erickson returns to Texas from Washington, D.C. and will work with the land office to continue preserving our history, ensuring veteran receive the benefits they are due, supporting Texas education through the Permanent School Fund, and ushering in prudent stewardship of state lands and natural resources.

Erickson holds a master's in political management from The George Washington University and completed her undergraduate at Stephen F. Austin State University. Prior to her time on Capitol Hill, she worked for Facebook's political team and Texas State Representative Travis Clardy. Erickson, a 7th generation Texan brings experience in both traditional and digital media to the GLO communications team.

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