McBee Fellowship

AARO created the McBee Fellowship in honor of founding member and civic leader, Frank McBee Jr. This Fellowship offers aspiring professionals a seat at the AARO table and an opportunity to work with exceptional regional leaders on a variety of issues and AARO research projects.

Stewards for the Greater Common Good

The Frank McBee Jr. Fellows Program is a rigorous, 13-month program for civic leadership development. The Fellowship is designed to seed Central Texas with leaders who think regionally and act as stewards for the greater common good.

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    Lead with integrity - individually and collectively.

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    Establish and nurture relationships of trust.

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    Think and act systemically, considering the interdependency of issues.

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    Engage in collaborative, non-partisan efforts that honor the wisdom inside and outside of AARO.

A McBee Fellowship Year

During the program year, Fellows actively engage with many of the region’s most influential business and community leaders through AARO committee and membership meetings. In addition, each Fellow meets regularly with two AARO mentors throughout the year. AARO carefully selects the mentors for each Fellow to maximize their growth as leaders and enhance the quality of the Fellowship experience.

Fellows are expected to repay the privilege of participating in the Fellowship year by contributing to the region as future leaders. AARO hopes McBee alumni will inspire others in their spheres of influence to think and act in the long-term best interest of the region.

McBee Fellowship Application Information

The McBee program looks for early to mid-career leaders working to enhance the social and/or economic well-being of Central Texans. Individuals giving their time in more than one sector, policy area or community and are interested in engaging in similar work at a regional level are well positioned to get the most out of this Fellowship. Scholarships are available for candidates needing financial assistance.

Applications accepted through September 5th, 2023. For questions about the application process or McBee Fellowship please contact: Alandra Brown at [email protected]

2024 McBee Fellows

  • Beth Almost

    Assistant Vice President Central National Bank
  • Tina Cannon

    CEO Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Chelsea Elliott

    Founder and Executive Director half Helen
  • Cat Gonzalez

    Vice President of Operations & Organizational Culture Ending Community Homelessness Organization (ECHO)
  • Shelly Mitchell

    Vice President Pape-Dawson Engineers, LLC
  • Fisher Reynolds

    Chief of Staff Lower Colorado River Authority
  • Liz Schoenfeld

    Chief Research & Evaluation Officer LifeWorks
  • Monica Williams

    Manager, Strategic Partnerships UFCU

McBee Fellow Alumni

Name Title Affiliation Fellowship Year
Rodney Ahart Executive Director Keep Austin Beautiful 2013
Theresa Alvarez Community Development Officer, VP Wells Fargo 2013
Dave Anderson Director of Land Use Policy Drenner Group 2009
Zach Anderson President TicketCity 2011
Stacy Armijo Sr. VP - Chief Experience Officer Amplify Credit Union 2016
Becky Arreaga President, Partner The Arreaga Agency 2010
William Askew Program Manager Capital IDEA 2022
Tamara Atkinson Chief Executive Officer Workforce Solutions - Capital Area Workforce Board 2015
Writ Baese President Hill Country Payroll 2014
Shilpa Bakre Communications Strategist University Communications, The University of Texas at Austin 2017
Brett Barnes Senior Director of Development - Central & West Texas Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Inc. 2009
Jeff Barton Principal and Co-Founder Gap Strategies 2014
Jeremiah Bentley Vice President, Marketing and Community Affairs Texas Mutual Insurance Company 2018
Fayruz Benyousef Founder & Principal FBC | Generosity Experts 2014
Marina Bhargava Executive Director Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce 2015
A.J. Bingham Founder & CEO The Bingham Group, LLC 2021
Ann Boren Manager, Market Rules and Stakeholder Support ERCOT 2022
Rebecca Bray Senior Planning Supervisor WSP 2013
Wes Breyfogle CEO ScanData Systems, Inc. 2017
Jed Buie Partner Buie & Co. 2007
Eric Bustos Federal Relations Manager WMATA 2021
Katherine Caffrey Assistant City Manager City of Cedar Park 2018
Ruben Cantu Executive Director of Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship University of Texas 2022
Daniel Carl Principal & Regional Director BSA LifeStructures 2019
Gerardo Castillo 2009
Andrew Cates General Counsel & Director of Government Affairs Bingham Group LLC 2022
Edward Charrier CEO & President Fractilia 2010
Sarah Churchill Llamas Principal Michael Best Strategies 2019
Merrill Davis Senior Vice President Mercury LLC 2018
Ramiro Diaz Lead Software Engineer 2021
Robert Doerr Account Executive/Commercial Lines Manager Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. 2012
John Donisi Attorney Drenner Group 2011
Michelle Earley Partner O’Melveny & Myers LLP 2016
Chris Edwards Assistant City Attorney City of Austin - Law Department 2008
Valerie Esparza Deputy Director Center for Women in Law 2023
Mario Espinoza Consultant Strategic Partnerships, Inc. 2012
Fang Fang Founder and CEO Big Plan LLC 2023
Jimmy Ferguson President Maxtab, Inc. 2008
Scott Flack President Live Oak 2009
Christian Fletcher Executive Director Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation 2017
Angelo Foadey Vice President - Corporate Banking Frost Bank 2022
Samuel Franco President and Founder Infravest Strategies, LLC 2023
Erin Franz Executive Director Texan by Nature 2013
Karen Friese President K Friese + Associates, Inc. 2010
Christie Garbe Owner Serasana Bee Cave 2011
Myndi Garrett Consultant 2008
Kate Garza Chief of Staff Office of Travis County Judge Andy Brown 2021
Rebecca Geier CEO RIVE 2010
David Glass Founder and Owner Silverado Business Systems Inc. 2008
Patty Gonzales Communications Director Port of Brownsville 2008
Hannah Gourgey Independent Consultant 2017
Dan Graham CEO, Founder 2013
Larry Graham Manager - Regulatory Affairs Texas Gas Service 2013
Teresa Granillo Chief Executive Officer AVANCE Inc. 2019
Joel Gross CEO Austin Monitor 2023
Beth Guillot Principal, President Fuse Architecture Studio 2010
Jeff Hahn Principal Hahn Public 2007
Clint Harp Chief of Staff Lower Colorado River Authority 2017
Michelle Harper President and CEO United Way of Hays and Caldwell Counties 2018
August Harris President Covenant Financial Solutions LLC 2014
David Hartman Attorney DuBOIS BRYANT & CAMPBELL 2008
Sara Hickman Texas State Musician 2015
Heath Hignight Chief Advancement Officer Hong Kong International School 2009
Nhat Ho President Civilitude 2021
Amy Holloway President and CEO Avalanche Consulting 2010
Daryl Horton Assistant Pastor/Youth Pastor Mt. Zion Baptist Church 2018
Gerardo Interiano 2016
Camille Jobe Partner Jobe Corral Architects 2016
Debbie Johnson Principal Successful Giving 2017
Liz Johnson Director of External Affairs St. Edward's University 2023
Amy Jones President/CEO O'Connell Robertson 2011
Frances Jordan Director, Communications and Strategy Rifeline 2023
Karen Kennard Shareholder Greenberg Traurig, LLP 2010
Steve Kester Director State & Local Government Affairs Apple 2010
Amy Knop-Narbutis Senior Research and Evaluation Officer Hector and Gloria Lopez Foundation 2023
Wayne Knox Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Huston-Tillotson University 2018
Kelly Kocurek Partner DuBois Bryant & Campbell LLP 2012
Lindsey Leaverton BB&T Wealth Private Advisor, VP BB&T, Branch Banking and Trust Co. 2016
Andrew Levak Sr. Program Officer St. David's Foundation 2020
Lonnie Limon Managing Director Dieste Inc. 2020
Carmen Luevanos Community Relations Manager Texas Gas Service 2022
Mark Madrid CEO Latino Business Action Networks 2016
Karen Magid Director of Sustainability and STEM Huston-Tillotson University 2021
Sly Majid Chief Service Officer City of Austin 2015
Kristin Marcum CEO/Owner Elizabeth Christian Public Relations 2016
Cynthia Martinez Communications Director Travis Central Appraisal District 2023
Michael McGill Senior Auditor City of Austin 2013
Cathy McHorse Success by 6 Early Childhood Education Project Manager United Way for Greater Austin 2014
Shannon Meroney President Meroney Public Affairs 2012
Rudolph Metayer Attorney Chamberlain McHaney 2017
Leah Meunier Chief Strategy Officer Workforce Solutions Captial Area 2020
Thomas Miranda President & CEO Sparkovation Advisors, Topline Ventures 2011
Janet Mitchell CEO M Group Agency 2009
Meg Moore Chief Development Officer Austin Strategic Planning 2022
Tom Nesbitt Founder & Partner DeShazo and Nesbitt LLP 2007
Howard Nirken Partner DuBois, Bryant & Campbell LLP 2011
James Nortey Associate Attorney Morgan Lewis LLP 2017
Mike Odom President and CEO Knoxville Chamber of Commerce 2016
Tracy Parker Senior Vice President, Business Development Parker Solutions Group 2016
Kyle Parks Partner Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP 2009
Becky Pastner Chief Impact and Metrics Officer St. David's Foundation 2018
Lauren Paver Sr. Director, Operations CLS Partners 2012
Alan Peters Senior Managing Director Savills Studley 2014
J. Pieratt Partner DLA Piper LLC 2023
Hondo Powell Chief of Staff Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative 2015
Rebecca Powers Founder Impact Austin 2008
Kerri Qunell Chief Marketing Officer Trinity Episcopal School 2008
Nico Ramsey Senior Account Executive Elizabeth Christian Public Relations 2022
Karen Ranus Trauma Informed Program Administrator Travis County Sheriff's Office 2020
Ruth Rechis Director of Healthy Communities MD Anderson Cancer Center 2015
Sarah Richards Water Program Officer Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation 2016
Christopher Rios Community Development Officer Wells Fargo 2020
Eva Rios-Lleverino Deputy Executive Director Capital IDEA 2014
Shuronda Robinson President and CEO Adisa Communications 2021
Lourdes Rodríguez Senior Program Officer David Rockerfeller Fund 2022
Gabriel Rojas President Rojas Planning, LLC 2018
Miguel Romano President Seton and Ascension Texas Foundations 2015
Katie Romano Executive Director The University of Texas System - The Archer Center 2019
J.R. Ruiz Senior Consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP 2009
Llyas Salahud-din Director of Major Gifts Texas Empowerment Academy 2017
Pilar Sanchez Vice President of Housing and Community Development Housing Authority of the City of Austin 2013
Josh Schroeder Shareholder Sneed, Vine & Perry, P.C. 2019
Carolyn Schwarz CEO Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin & Central Texas 2012
Jackie Sekiguchi Community Affairs Manager Texas Mutual Insurance Company 2023
Dave Shaw President Arrow 2008
Jill Siler Superintendent Gunter ISD 2011
Stuart Smith Partner Maxwell Locke & Ritter LLP 2008
Bryant Smith Executive Director McCreary Veselka Bragg & Allen P.C. 2015
Parc Smith CEO American YouthWorks 2015
Ronnye Stidvent Executive Director Center for Women in Law 2019
Missy Strittmatter Chief Development Officer Leadership Austin 2020
Meme Styles President MEASURE 2020
Leslie Sweet Director of Public Affairs H-E-B 2018
Ryan Therrell Director of Client Services The Beck Group 2012
Juan Tornoe Partner & Chief Marketing Officer Cultural Strategies, Inc. 2017
Tara Trower Chief Strategy Officer CommUnityCare 2019
Stephanie Tsen President Tsen Engineering 2022
Alex Valdes Shareholder Winstead PC 2019
Javier Valdez Chief Operations Officer & Co-Creator Karisha 2012
Matthew Valdez Partner DEN Property Group 2014
Rosina Valle Associate Dire I ctor - Center for P-16 Initiatives Texas State University 2019
Wendy Varnell Deputy Executive Director LifeWorks 2010
Sharon Vigil Chief Executive Officer Communities in Schools of Central Texas 2021
Michelle Wallis Executive Director of Innovation and Development Austin ISD 2011
Deirdre Walsh CEO and Co-Founder IGC 2021
Andy Webb Partner Watkins Insurance 2020
Meghan Weller Director of Government Relations HCA Texas/St. David's Healthcare 2020
Katy Wells Vice President of Licensing Motivo, Inc. 2008
Casie Wenmohs External Affairs Manager Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute 2013
Lloyd Wilson Director of Healthcare Practice Burson-Marsteller 2008
Ashley Wilson Chief Strategy Officer Seton Foundations 2020
Kennard Wright Client Relationship Analyst City of Austin 2007
Lourdes Zuniga Executive Director Financial Health Pathways 2021