Person Type: Board

Karen Steakley

Senior Manager, Business Development & Public Policy
Tesla

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Dr. Anjum Khurshid

Chief Data Scientist for FDA’s Sentinel Operations Center
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Anjum Khurshid is the inaugural Director of Data Integration and Associate Professor of Population Health at Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin. He is the principal investigator on community-wide projects for integrating social determinants of health data into electronic health records and developing patient engagement platforms to allow patients to access their health data easily.

Dr. Khurshid received the Health Informatics Innovation Award in 2013 for leading the $13.5 million Crescent City Beacon Community Program in New Orleans and University Blockchain Research Institute’s Visionary Award in 2020 for his seminal work in this area. He has served on the Federal Advisory Committee for Health Information Technology, a congressionally-mandated advisory body, and as a patient engagement advisor to the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, Washington DC.

Dr. Khurshid earned his medical degree from King Edward Medical University, Lahore and his Masters in Public Affairs and PhD in Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ed Latson

Founder and Executive Director
Austin Regional Manufacturers Association

Ed Latson is the Founder and Executive Director for ARMA—the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, a business group focused on strengthening the manufacturing community through advocacy, workforce development, and networking. Members include some of the largest employers in the area like Samsung Semiconductor, Applied Materials, NXP, ICU Medical, and NI, but also small and medium size companies from diverse sectors, like food & beverage, bio/pharma, automotive, printing, and metal fabrication.

Latson is active in the community serving on boards or advisory groups for the Greater Austin Chamber, the Capital Area Economic Development District, the Seton Fifty, GSG Talent Solutions, Austin Community College, Texas State Technical College, Austin ISD, Pflugerville ISD, and UT School of Engineering. He is a native Austinite and a graduate of the University of Texas.

Alison Walgren

Central Texas Managing Principal
Deloitte

Alison Walgren is a Principal in Deloitte’s Core Business Operations practice with 28 years of broad-based consulting experience. She serves as the Central Texas Managing Principal, leading Deloitte’s multifunctional practice of 1,700 Consulting, Attest, Risk Advisory and Tax professionals in Austin and San Antonio, Texas. She also serves as Deloitte’s Global Industry Solutions leader and the leader of the Deloitte US Service Delivery and Business Design practice. In these roles, she leads her teams to deliver high-value solutions to Deloitte’s clients to help them transform the way they do business.

Alison is active in the community, currently serving on the boards of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Girls Inc., and United Way for Greater Austin, and previously on the boards of the Texas Advocacy Project and ISHIDA Dance Company.

Alison grew up in San Antonio, lived in several states in the US and in Russia, and has called Austin her home since 2004. She received an MBA in International Business from The University of South Carolina and a BS in Russian and Linguistics from Georgetown University.

Alison is married to Richard Segura, a native Austinite, and they have three children between them who are currently following their passions in music, ballet, and theatre in Virginia and New York.

Laura Huffman

President and CEO
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

Laura Huffman is President and CEO of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit membership organization that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and advocates on behalf of its members and the broader business community.

Laura is dedicated to solving complex problems with a spirit of collaboration, innovation, and creativity.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Laura served as Texas state director for The Nature Conservancy. During her twelve-year tenure at the Conservancy, Laura worked closely with Texas legislators to draft policy with far-reaching ramifications for statewide water conservation and spearheaded the expansion of water protection funds across Central Texas.

Laura’s distinguished public service record also includes 15+ years in city management for the City of Austin and City of San Marcos, where she helped safeguard water supply, strengthen the economy, and protect natural assets.

She earned a master’s degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in political science from Texas A&M University. An Austin native, she enjoys running, swimming, and hiking with her husband and four children.

Hon. Rudy Metayer

Council Member, City of Pflugerville
Attorney, Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody

The son of Haitian immigrants, Rudy is of the first generation in his family to complete higher education, graduating from not only the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts with a B.A., but also a Master in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. He has been a tireless advocate in the community speaking and working on a host of issues ranging from teaching at-risk children, co-authoring an honor code for the University of Texas, helping forge a partnership with local law enforcement and the State Bar of Texas to address the issue of community policing, and creating Pro Bono legal advice clinics for United States Military Veterans.

Before joining Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, a premiere litigation law firm in Central Texas, Rudy served as Special Counsel to the Health and Human Services Commission. He has also served on several local, state, and national boards and committees including the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, Lone Star Circle of Care, Texans Soccer Club, Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), Leadership Austin, Texas Bar Foundation, FBI Citizens Academy, US Soccer Federation Referee Program, Community Advancement Network (CAN), Texas Young Lawyers Association, Austin Black Lawyers Association, and Young Catholic Professionals. Rudy has been recognized numerous times as one of the most influential young professionals in not only the Greater Austin area, but the State of Texas. His accolades include being awarded the Pflugerville ISD Community Partner of the Year, Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award of Merit, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year, Austin Under 40 Government & Public Affairs Award Winner, and the Austin Area Research Organization McBee Fellowship. Rudy has just been named Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the Austin Bar Association and Outstanding Young Alumni “Rising Leader” by the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Recently, Rudy was named one of Central Texas’ Top Young Professionals by Austin Black Business Journal. He is a Fellow to the Texas Bar Foundation and the incoming Chair of the African American Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Texas.

On the 40 Acres, Rudy was active in various different groups and organizations including the Texas Wranglers, Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, Texas Rugby, Multicultural Information Center, Texas Law Society Mentor, UT Rec Sports Officials, LBJ School Diversity & Inclusion Curriculum Review Committee, and the Legal Eagles. Recently, Rudy was elected to the UT Law School’s Alumni Association Executive Committee.

Rudy’s true love and passion to the City of Pflugerville has been shown in his service as Vice President of the Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2 (Pflugerville Fire Department), a member of the Pflugerville Charter Review Commission, a member of the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation, Co-Chair of the Pflugerville Finance and Budget Committee, a member of the Pflugerville “1849” Park Committee, a member of the St. Elizabeth of Hungary FIESTA committee, and Vice Chair of the Boy Scouts of America Blackland Prairie. Rudy is married to his amazing wife Letisha, a longtime Pflugerville resident of almost 30 years, and the father of three, yes three, daughters.

Rudy believes that true collaboration amongst stakeholders is key to keeping Pflugerville the fiscally responsible, economically strong, inclusive, and high quality of life place it is today.

Jennifer Byrd

Vice President of Sales
American Water

Jennifer Byrd “The Water Girl” grew up in southwest Florida and attended Edison Community College. After some health trials, water quality became a top priority in her life. Twenty years ago, Jennifer began her journey in the water filtration industry with Kinetico.

Jennifer has been married for 21 years to husband Eric and they have four children. In 2013, they relocated to Texas so Jennifer could expand her reach in the water filtration industry and they now call Liberty Hill home. Jennifer loves giving back to the community and has spent the last 15 years volunteering on a variety of Boards of Directors and with Civil Organizations. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys hiking, cheering on her favorite Florida sports teams, spending time with her family, and being a Military Mom.

Blake Absher

Austin Market President
Broadway Bank

Blake joined the Broadway Bank team as the Austin Market Executive in December 2020 and was promoted to Austin Market President in January 2022. He plays an integral role in the strategic direction and leadership for the Austin market and contiguous counties. Blake collaborates with the Broadway team members to support them in acquiring new client relationships, working to maintain & deepen existing client relationships, and supporting the community through various nonprofit and civic engagements. He is excited about sharing the Broadway value proposition of being a stable, sound, profitable, innovative, and modern financial institution with the Austin community.

Prior to joining the Broadway team, Blake served in the role as the Austin Market President for BB&T now Truist since 2014. He had nearly a 14 year career with BB&T now Truist, where he served in several roles including Market President for North Houston & The Woodlands and various roles in the Retail & Business Bank. Prior to his tenure with BB&T now Truist, he served as the Retail Sales Manager for IBC Bank in Austin.

He is a proud graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management as well as a Master of Business Administration.

Blake and his wife, Christine, are having fun raising their toddler age son (Luke) and are loving being parents. In their spare time, they are actively involved in several nonprofits including United Way for Greater Austin, American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, I Live Here I Give Here, The Long Center for Performing Arts, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas.

Andy Esparza

Retired Human Resources Executive

Andy recently retired following a 38-year career in corporate human resources, including roles as the Chief HR Officer for two global companies, Dell Technologies and Baker Hughes Inc. He was responsible for leading global HR teams that developed strategies and implemented programs designed to hire, develop, motivate, and retain world-class people in support of business objectives.

Andy now works with nonprofit organizations as a consultant, Board member, volunteer, and donor in his home city of Austin, Texas. He has served as a Board member at the Andy Roddick Foundation and the Ann Richards School Foundation, as well as the Advisory Board for the Management Program at his alma mater, San Diego State University. He received his Business Administration degree with an emphasis in human resources management from San Diego State, and enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with friends and family.

Michele Scott

Owner
Square Move Realty

As owner of Square Move Realty, a leading boutique real estate brokerage, client satisfaction is Michele’s highest priority. She utilizes her strong passion for connecting people with the right home and her expertise in helping clients build wealth through real estate, to successfully guide them through every step of the realty journey in the highly competitive and fast-moving Austin real estate market.

Michele is a Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyer Representative, e-Pro Specialist, and Real Estate Contracts Educator with a stellar reputation for being a trusted adviser, reliable partner, and savvy businesswoman. Whether clients are buying, selling, or investing, seeking a peaceful lakefront home, vibrant downtown loft, or cozy neighborhood starter, she excels in high touch client interaction and acute attention to detail. With Michele’s extensive background working among top tax professionals in the industry, she brings cross-discipline knowledge and meticulous attentiveness to every engagement.

Supporting the Austin community is extremely important to Michele. She is a board member for United Way of Greater Austin and local nonprofit, Any Baby Can, a proud member of Jack and Jill America – Austin chapter, and chair of the Buildings and Property Committee of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. To balance the busy days, Michele enjoys spending time with her husband, Will, and their three children, reading a good book, watching movies, and enjoying all that Austin has to offer. She has a deep connection to this city and is excited to help her clients with all of their real estate needs.