Glenn Hegar was elected the 36th Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in November 2014. Hegar is Texas' chief financial officer — the state's treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Before he was elected Texas Comptroller, Hegar served in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, where he worked on a wide range of common-sense solutions to problems affecting Texans in areas such as public education, transportation, tax reform, government transparency, Second Amendment rights, water issues and tort reform. As chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, Hegar eliminated inefficiencies in state agencies and abolished six, saving Texas taxpayers more than $160 million. In his last session as a state senator, Hegar oversaw state and local revenue matters and helped cut $1 billion worth of taxes.
Hegar is a 1993 graduate of Texas A&M University and a graduate of St. Mary's University, where he earned a Master of Arts and his law degree. At the University of Arkansas, he earned his Master of Laws.
Sergio Contreras was appointed as President/CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership in 2016. The RGV Partnership is a community minded organization that represents four-counties in South Texas, where business leaders advocate for regional collaboration and economic prosperity.
The organization engages in initiatives that impact development of international trade, healthcare, improvements to transportation and port of entry infrastructure, education, and workforce.
Mr. Contreras served as Executive Director of the Pharr Economic Development Corporation for business expansion, retention, and workforce development.
Mr. Contreras worked 20 years at AT&T as the Regional Manager of External Affairs. As a lobbyist, Sergio was responsible for advocating for legislative policies that drove innovating technologies to the community.
Mr. Contreras has served as a board of director for multiple organizations, in Laredo, San Antonio, RGV and currently serving as Chair of the Border Trade Alliance, Executive Board of the Texas Alliance for I-69, Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, Border Trade Advisory Committee, Texas Alliance of Rural Practitioners, and Advisory Board of the RGV MPO.
Mr. Contreras holds a BA on International Business, BA in Human Services Recreation from Westmar University, Iowa, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley.
Sergio Contreras was appointed to the Broadband Development Office Board of Advisors by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on December 22, 2021.
Adriana Cruz has more than 20 years of leadership experience in economic development, marketing and international business.
In October 2019, Cruz was appointed to lead the Governor’s Economic Development and Tourism Office. As executive director, Cruz provides leadership to Business and Community Development, Economic Development Finance, Texas Tourism, Texas Workforce Investment Council, Texas Music Office and the Texas Film Commission. Prior to that appointment, Cruz was president of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. She previously served as the vice president of global corporate recruitment for the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Cruz in April 2020 was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Strike Force to Open Texas, a team of nationally recognized private and public leaders formed to advise the governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas.
In January 2020, Gov. Abbott appointed Cruz to the Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs and named her vice chair of the council. In 2021, the governor appointed Cruz to the Texas Freight Advisory Committee. Cruz also serves on the Texas Economic Development Council and the Texas Workforce Investment Council.
From 2016 to 2019, Cruz served on the Texas Economic Incentives Oversight Board. In 2016, she won the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power: Central Texas Women of Influence Award. Cruz holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, has been married for 34 years to her husband Rik and has three grown children living in the Austin area.
Adriana Cruz was appointed to the Broadband Development Office Board of Advisors by Gov. Greg Abbott on December 9, 2021.
Jennifer Harris is the State Program Director for Texas for Connected Nation, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has been tackling the digital divide for more than 20 years. She provides oversight of the collection and analysis of broadband data and the development of broadband advancement strategies addressing access, adoption, and use among residents, businesses, and institutions. Appointed in January 2020, Jennifer served as an inaugural member of the Governor’s Broadband Development Council until her appointment by Governor Abbott to the Board of Advisors for the Broadband Development Office in December 2021.
Having worked in state government since 2005, Jennifer has held a wide range of jobs in the public sector. Her professional experience includes legislative, public policy, communications, and government affairs work with the Texas Legislature, and policy and communications work for the Florida Department of Education, along with a variety of roles on local and statewide political campaigns.
Jennifer earned her bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus in marketing from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. She earned her master's degree in public service and administration from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
Jennifer Harris was appointed to the Broadband Development Office Board of Advisors by Gov. Greg Abbott on December 9, 2021.
Robert F. McGee has been in the Telecom industry for 25 years. His career in Telecom began with GTE as an IBEW technician 1998. Rob held a variety of network construction and installation positions until moving into management in 2001.
Throughout his 25 year career he has held a variety of positions in network maintenance, operations, engineering and construction. Rob was the Director of Engineering (Dallas) with Verizon and oversaw the engineering and construction of all fiber to the home in the State of Texas.
Rob was named Director of Global Transport Engineering and Implementation at Verizon and managed Verizon’s global optical transport network. Rob was the Executive Director for wireless in the Gulf States Region and lead the wireless and fiber engineering and construction teams throughout Texas and the gulf states. In January 2021 he left Verizon to lead Telecom for Quanta.
Rob served in the United States Army and was part of the Enduring Freedom post 9/11 campaign. Rob attended Illinois State University in Normal, IL and lives in the Dallas Fort Worth area with his wife and two boys.
Robert McGee was appointed to the Broadband Development Office Board of Advisors by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on December 22, 2021.
Dr. Scott Muri joined Ector County ISD as Superintendent on July 1, 2019. Prior to that, he spent four years as Superintendent for Spring Branch ISD in Houston, TX. During that time, achievement gaps narrowed in all academic areas while overall student achievement rose. He fostered innovation in the system by incorporating the redesign process to transform the student learning experience.
Prior to leading Spring Branch ISD, Dr. Muri served as the Deputy Superintendent of Academics in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, a large school district with 96,000 students and 100 campuses.
Before joining FCS in Atlanta, Dr. Muri spent five years with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, NC. His roles included Area Superintendent and Chief Information Officer overseeing research and evaluation, along with technology infrastructure and instructional technology innovation.
Dr. Muri’s educational experiences include serving as one of the first National Board Certified Teachers in the United States, high school principal, and administrator at Walt Disney’s Celebration School in Celebration, FL.
Throughout his career, Dr. Muri has demonstrated a passion and ability for leading change, driving organizational effectiveness, and significantly improving student achievement while closing achievement gaps. With a focus on collaboration and excellence, Dr. Muri creates a positive and effective teaching and learning environment.
Dr. Muri was appointed to the Broadband Development Office Board of Advisors by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on December 22, 2021.
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