Announcing the Opening Central Texas for Business Task Force

Posted on 04/23/2020 by Austin Chamber of Commerce

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and Austin Mayor Steve Adler have asked the Chamber to convene a task force to provide a knowledgeable perspective on when and how businesses might be able to adapt and function in a COVID-19 world.

This task force is structured to represent a diverse set of stakeholders: small and large businesses, multiple industry sectors, business membership organizations, and community groups that support the needs of business such as transportation, public health, and safety.

The work of this task force is to honor public health priorities and focus on how to thoughtfully and safely reopen our regional economy. Key activities for the task force will include:

  • Evaluating and accounting for specific needs by industry sector
  • Evaluating the preparedness level of businesses to safeguard public health
  • Educating the business community on public health requirements and best practices
  • Monitoring public health outcomes to determine whether adjustments are needed
  • Providing feedback to policymakers

Through the Chamber’s leadership, we will be trusted advisors to our elected and public health officials so our member businesses can get back to work stronger and safer than ever.


Task Force Members

Our task force is comprised of more than 100 community and business leaders. This is not a comprehensive list and will continue to be updated throughout the coming days.

Full Name Organization
Neeraj Aggarwal Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Joan Altobelli Austin YMCA
Rey Arellano City of Austin
Tamara Atkinson Workforce Solutions Capital Area
Mason Ayer Kerbey Lane Cafe/United Way Board Chair
Josh Baer Capital Factory
Ed Bailey Austin City Limits Live & 3Ten
Kathleen Baireuther Ford
Cheyenne Baker Freeman Co.
Jason Ball Round Rock Chamber of Commerce
Dianne Bangle Real Estate Council of Austin
Marina Bhargava Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
A.J. Bingham The Bingham Group, LLC (Representing the Greater Austin Restaurant Association)
Scott Blalock JW Marriott Austin
Joe Bolash Austin Hotel & Lodging Association Chair
Amber Brandt American Youth Works
Bill Brice Downtown Austin Alliance
Veronica Briseño City of Austin
Charles Brotherton Travis County
Joseph Cajas, III The Cajas Digital Agency/Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber Board Chair
Tina Cannon Austin LGBT Chamber
Gus Cardenas Austin Healthcare Council
Sue Carpenter United Way for Greater Austin
David Case Schertz Bank & Trust
Allison Castle Castle Communications
Chris Cervini Austin Community College District
Peter Cesaro GDHM/Real Estate Council of Austin Board Chair
Elisbeth Challener ZACH Theater
Emily Chenevert Austin Board of Realtors
Derrick Chubbs Capital Area Food Bank
Carrie Ciliberto Home Builders Association of Greater Austin
Randy Clarke Capital Metro
Krystle Cline VORTEX Repertory Company
Rebecca Cole HappiFamili
Beth Corbett Central Texas Food Bank
Shaun Cranston Halff Associates
Spencer Cronk City of Austin
Dr. Paul Cruz Austin ISD
Scott Davidson Code 4 Event Management/Emergency Services
Andy Davis Ascension Seton
Cara DiMattina Ryan Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area
Emily Dreyer Dell Technologies
Denise Eisman Austin Hotel & Lodging Association
Craig Enoch Enoch Kever/Austin Chamber of Commerce Board Chair
Christine D. Escobar Univision Communications Inc.
Dr. Mark Escott Interim Health Authority
David Evans Integral Care
Gary Farmer Heritage Title Company/Opportunity Austin Board Chair
Gina Fiandaca City of Austin
Tamara Fields Accenture
Joe Fowler Home Builders Association of Greater Austin
Jay Fox Baylor Scott & White
Frank Fuentes U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association
Brian Gannon Visit Austin
Ryan Garrett Stubb’s Austin
Kate Garza Ascension Seton
Mike Geeslin Central Health
Jason Gindel Director of MainSpring Schools
Jason Giulietti Greater San Marcos Partnership
Michele Glaze Samsung Austin Semiconductor
David Glenn Home Builders Association of Greater Austin
J.J. Gottsch Ryan Sanders Sports & Entertainment
Larry Graham Texas Gas Service
Nikki Graham Bank of America
Amber Gunst Austin Technology Council
Sandy Hentges Guzman Austin Area Research Organization
Kareem Hajjar Hajjar/Peters LLP
Debbie Halbert IBM
Tam Hawkins Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
Patricia V. Hayes PVH Consulting Group/Greater Austin Black Chamber Board
Jeremy B. Hendricks Southwest Laborers District Council/Laborers' International Union of North America
Katie Herbek Ford
Kenny Hill Goodwill Industries of Central Texas
Nestor Ho Silicon Labs
Cathy Hoover Westlake Chamber of Commerce
The Honorable Donna Howard Texas House of Representatives
John Howard Dell Technologies
Laura Huffman Austin Chamber of Commerce
David Huffstutler St. David's HealthCare
Brett A. Hurt data.world, a Certified B Corporation
David Jabour Twin Liquors
Preston James DivInc
Liz Johnson St. Edward's University
Charlie Jones Four Leaf Productions
Michelle Jones Freeman Decorating Co.
Josh Jones-Dilworth Jones-Dilworth, Inc.
Scott Joslove Texas Hotel & Lodging Assiciation
Maninder Kahlon University of Texas at Austin
Jason Kelley IBM
Natalie Kennedy Kennedy Creative Events
Juliana Kerker St. David’s HealthCare
Kyle Kerrigan Upbring Innovation Labs/Austin Young Chamber Board Chair
Chase Kincannon Austin LGBT Chamber
Joel Lathrop Microsoft
Ed Latson Austin Regional Manufacturers Association
Chi Lee Perkins + Will
Rick Levy Texas AFL-CIO
Glen Lietzke Austin Junior Volleyball
Cindy Y. Lo Red Velvet Events, Inc.
Meagan Longley Austin Community Fund
Andy Loughnane Austin FC
Amy Madison Pflugerville Community Development Corp.
Dr. Molly Beth Malcolm Austin Community College District
Oksana Malysheva Sputnik ATX
Chief Brian Manley Austin Police Department
Carlos Martinez University of Texas at Austin
Mark McClain SailPoint/Austin Technology Council Board Chair
Tracye McDaniel TIP Strategies/Past Chair, International Economic Development Council
Thomas Miranda Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Laura Mitchell Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce
Jason Mock San Marcos Chamber of Commerce
Chas Moore Austin Justice Coalition
Nick Moulinet DPR Construction
Jack Murray Austin Marathon & High Five Events
Mike Nellis Austin Community Fund
Tom Noonan Visit Austin
Eric Olsen Babson Diagnostics
Juan M. Ortiz City of Austin
Eli Pablon Amazon
Alyssia Palacios-Woods Austin Young Chamber
Carmen Palo HID Global
Anna Panossian Circuit of The Americas
Dixie Patrick Austin Independent Business Alliance
Abby Payne SailPoint
De Peart Downtown Austin Alliance
Wes Peoples Wes Peoples Homes, LLC
Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette Huston Tillotson University
Nenad Praporski Fairmont
Ann-Marie Price Baylor Scott & White
Diana Ramirez Travis County
Rebecca Reynolds Music Venues Alliance-Austin
Dr. Richard Rhodes Austin Community College District
Reena Richtermeyer Arendes Green Richtermeyer and Stahl PLLC
John Riedie Austin Creative Alliance
Mary Riggs Andy Roddick Foundation
Rosa Rios Valdez BCL of Texas
Nelia Robbi SAFE Alliance
Geronimo Rodriguez Austin ISD Board President
Jose Roig City of Austin
Nathan Ryan Blue Sky Partners
Jackie Sargent Austin Energy
Samantha Schoen HID Global
Brenda Schultz The Learning Experience
Amos Schwartzfarb Techstars Austin
Ed Serna Charter
Timothy Shelhamer NXP
Stacy Sheridan Cushing Terrell
Elliott Smith Kitchen Sync Strategies
David C. Smith United Way for Greater Austin
Jennifer Stevens JHL
David Stewart HID Global
Kelsey Streufert Texas Restaurant Association
Leslie Sweet HEB
Richard Tagle Andy Roddick Foundation
Simone Talma Flowers Interfaith Action of Central Texas
Trisha Tatro Austin Convention Center Department
Anna Tauzin Texas Restaurant Association
Karla Taylor City of Austin
Kathy Terry P Terry’s/inLieu
Kobla Tetey Austin Area Urban League Young Professionals
Scott Turner Riverside Homes
Michele Van Hyfte Downtown Austin Alliance
David Waddell Texas Restaurant Association
Michael Ward Austin Urban Technology Movement
Meghan Weller St. David's HealthCare
Rick Whiteley Cushman Wakefield
Jason Winborn AT&T
Ellen Wood vcfo, Inc.
John Woodley Advocates for Disability Access
Jacqueline Yaft Austin Bergstrom International Airport
Yuen Yung Casoro Group