McBee Fellowship
The McBee Fellowship

Act as stewards for the greater common good.

The Frank McBee Jr. Fellows Program is a rigorous, 13-month program for civic leadership development. Frank McBee Jr. Fellowships offer exceptional Central Texas leaders first-hand, practical experience working with regional civic entrepreneurs on a variety of public policy issues to improve the long-term economic and social quality of life for all Central Texans.

The Fellowship is designed to seed Central Texas with leaders who think regionally and act as stewards for the greater common good. Like AARO members, McBee Fellows:

Lead with integrity - individually and collectively.

Establish and nurture relationships of trust.

Think and act systemically, considering the interdependency of issues.

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

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.

Application Information

The application for the 2019 Class of Frank McBee Jr. Fellows will be available in summer 2018.

Application Preview

Contact Diana Barton at (512) 477-4000 or for more information.


The application window for the Class of 2022 McBee Fellows is now closed. Please check back in May or June of 2022 for the 2023 application information.

For the next class we will be looking 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.

Contact Christie Bradow at with any further questions about the McBee Fellowship program or application process.

2021 McBee Fellows

Current AARO McBee Fellows

A.J. Bingham

Founder and CEO
The Bingham Group, LLC

Eric Bustos

Manager of Government Relations
Capital Metro

Ramiro Diaz

Senior Software Engineer
Under Armour

Kate Garza

Director of Advocacy and External Affairs
Ascension Texas

Nhat Ho

Vice President
Civilitude Engineers & Planners

Karen Magid

Director of Sustainability and STEM
Huston Tillotson University

Shuronda Robinson

Adisa Communications

Sharon Vigil

Chief Operations and Equity Officer
Communities In Schools of Central Texas

Deirdre Walsh

Director of Global Marketing and Communications
Silicon Labs

Lourdes Zuniga

Executive Director
Financial Literacy Coalition of Central Texas

2020 McBee Fellows

2020 AARO McBee Fellows

Andrew Levack

Sr. Program Officer
St. David's Foundation

Lonnie Limón

Managing Director
Dieste, Inc.

Leah Meunier

Chief Strategy Officer
Workforce Solutions Capital Area

Karen Ranus

Executive Director
NAMI Central Texas

Christopher Rios

Community Development Officer
Texas Capital Bank

Missy Strittmatter, CFRE

Director of Development and Engagement
Leadership Austin

Meme Styles


Andy Webb

Watkins Insurance

Meghan Weller

Director of Government Relations
HCA Texas/St. David's Healthcare

Ashley Wilson

Chief Strategy Officer
Seton Foundation
McBee Fellow Alumni

2007 - 2019 McBee Fellows

Rodney AhartExecutive DirectorKeep Austin Beautiful2013
Theresa AlvarezSenior Vice President of Community Relations for Central TexasWells Fargo2013
David AndersonDirector of Land Use PolicyDrenner Group2009
Zach AndersonPresidentTicketCity2011
Stacy ArmijoChief Experience OfficerAmplify Credit Union2016
Becky ArreagaPresident, PartnerMercury Mambo2010
Tamara AtkinsonExecutive DirectorWorkforce Solutions – Capital Area Workforce Board2015
Writ BaesePresident/OwnerHill Country Payroll2014
Shilpa BakreCommunications StrategistThe University of Texas at Austin2017
Brett J. BarnesVice President of DevelopmentLong Center for the Performing Arts2009
Jeff BartonPrincipal & Co-FounderGap Strategies2014
Jeremiah BentleyVice President, Marketing & Customer EngagementTexas Mutual Insurance Company2018
Fayruz BenyousefFounder & PrincipalFayruz Benyousef Consulting LLC2014
Marina BhargavaExecutive DirectorGreater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce2015
Rebecca BraySenior Traffic Engineer/PlannerRS&H2013
Wes BreyfogleChief Executive OfficerScanData Systems, Inc.2017
Jed BuiePartnerBuie & Co.2007
Daniel G. CarlPrincipal & Regional DirectorBSA LifeStructures2019
Katherine CaffreyAssistant City ManagerCity of Cedar Park2018
Gerardo CastilloSenior Vice President/Chief of StaffCapital Metro Transportation Authority2009
Edward CharrierCEO & PresidentFractilia2010
Merrill DavisManaging Director, AustinHill+Knowlton Strategies2018
Robert T. DoerrAccount Executive/Commercial Lines ManagerTCOR Insurance Management2012
John P. DonisiAttorney/Civic Volunteer2011
Tara A. DoolittleChief Of StaffUniversity of Texas at Austin2019
Michael DossExecutive Vice President - Area PresidentIndependent Bank Group2018
Michelle EarleyPartnerLocke Lord LLP2016
Chris EdwardsAssistant City AttorneyCity of Austin – Law Department2008
Mario A. EspinozaCivic Leader2012
Jimmy FergusonPresidentMaxtab, Inc.2008
Scott FlackPresidentLive Oak2009
Christian FletcherExecutive DirectorMarble Falls Economic Development Corporation2017
Erin O’Neil FranzFounder and PrincipalEOF Consulting2013
Karen FriesePresidentK Friese + Associates2010
Christie GarbeOwnerSerasana Bee Cave2011
Myndi GarrettConsultant2008
Rebecca GeierCEOTREW Marketing2010
David GlassFounder and OwnerSilverado Business Systems Inc.2008
Steve GoldsmithHead of Communications ProductsAtlassian2014
Patricia E. GonzalesCommunications ManagerGuadalupe-Blanco River Authority2008
Hannah GourgeyConsultant2017
Dan GrahamFounderNotely2013
Larry GrahamManager – Regulatory AffairsTexas Gas Service2013
Teresa Granillo, Ph.D.Chief Executive OfficerAvance2019
Beth GuillotPrincipal, PresidentFuse Architecture Studio2010
Jeff HahnPrincipalHahn Public2007
Clint HarpVice President, Transition Strategic ServicesLower Colorado River Authority2017
Michelle HarperPresident and CEO United Way of Hays and Caldwell Counties2018
August HarrisPresidentCovenant Financial Solutions2014
David HartmanPartnerSmith, Robertson2008
Sara HickmanTexas State Musician2015
Heath K. HignightCenter Business Director – Upstream Petroleum Engineering Research CenterKing Abdullah University of Science and Technology2009
Amy HollowayPresident and CEOAvalanche Consulting2010
Daryl HortonAssistant Pastor/Youth PastorMt. Zion Baptist Church2018
Peter InmanPrincipalCamino Real Financial Strategies2013
Gerardo InterianoFounder and Managing DirectorPericles Strategies2016
Camille JobePartnerJobe Corral Architects2016
Debbie JohnsonPrincipalSuccessful Giving2017
Amy J. JonesChief Executive Officer, PresidentO’Connell Robertson2011
Edward KargboCivic Leader2014
Karen KennardShareholderGreenberg Traurig, LLP2010
Christopher KennedyChief Executive OfficerLeadership Austin2007
Steve KesterState & Local Government AffairsApple2010
Wayne KnoxVice President & Chief Operating OfficerHuston-Tillotson University2018
Kelly C. KocurekPartnerDuBois, Bryant & Campbell LLP2012
David LaibovitzFormerly, Assistant District AttorneyTravis County District Attorney2008
Lindsey LeavertonVice President, Wealth Private AdvisorBB&T Bank2016
Frank L. LeffingwellPresidentLeffingwell & Associates, P.C.2012
Sarah Churchill LlamasShareholderWinstead PC2019
Mark MadridCEO/Executive DirectorLBAN/Latino Business Action Network2016
Sly MajidChief Services OfficerMayor’s Office – City of Austin2015
Kristin MarcumPresidentElizabeth Christian Public Relations2016
Mark MayfieldPresident/CEOTexas Housing Foundation2015
Michael McGillSenior Policy AdvisorMayor's Office - City of Austin2013
Catherine Knapp McHorseSuccess by 6 Earl Childhood Education Project ManagerUnited Way for Greater Austin2014
Shannon P. MeroneyPresidentMeroney Public Affairs2012
Rudolph MetayerAttorneyChamberlain McHaney2017
Thomas MirandaFounder and PrincipalSparkovation Advisors2011
Janet M. MitchellCEOM Group Agency2009
Tom NesbittFounder and PartnerDeShazo & Nesbitt LLP2007
Howard D. NirkenPartnerDuBois, Bryant & Campbell LLP2011
James A. Nortey IIAssociate AttorneyDuggins Wren Mann & Romero LLP2017
Mike OdomPresident & CEOKnoxville Chamber of Commerce2016
Tracy LaQuey ParkerSenior Vice President, Business DevelopmentParker Solutions Group2016
Kyle ParksLeading PartnerMaxwell Locke & Ritter LLP2009
Becky PastnerChief Impact and Metrics OfficerSt. David's Foundation2018
Lauren PaverFounder & Principal ConsultantHigher Order Consulting2012
Alan PetersSenior Managing Director – Austin OfficeSavills Studley2014
Hondo PowellChief of StaffBluebonnet Electric Cooperative2015
Rebecca PowersFounderImpact Austin2008
Kerri QunellChief Marketing OfficerTrinity Episcopal School2008
Shannon H. Ratliff IIFounding PrincipalPolicy + Design Partners2008
Dr. Ruth RechisDirector, Healthy CommunitiesMD Anderson Cancer Center2015
Sarah RichardsPrincipalRichards Consulting2016
Gabriel RojasPresidentRojas Planning, LLC2018
Eva Rios-LleverinoDeputy Executive DirectorCapital IDEA2014
Katie Cook RomanoExecutive DirectorThe University of Texas System - The Archer Center2019
Miguel RomanoPresidentSeton and Ascension Texas Foundations2015
J.R. RuizSenior Manager, Human CapitalDeloitte Consulting LLP
Llyas Salahud-dinDirector of Major GiftsLifeWorks2017
Pilar SanchezVice President of Housing & Community DevelopmentHousing Authority of the City of Austin2013
Josh SchoederShareholderSneed, Vine & Perry, P.C.2019
Carolyn H. SchwarzCEORonald McDonald House Charities of Austin & Central Texas2012
Scott SellersCity ManagerCity of Kyl2019
David R. ShawPresidentArrow2008
Dr. Jill SilerSuperintendentGunter ISD2011
Bryant SmithExecutive DirectorMcCreary Veselka Bragg & Allen, P.C.2015
Parc SmithCEOAmerican YouthWorks2015
Stuart Vick SmithWealth Management PartnerMaxwell Locke & Ritter LLP2008
Veronica Vargas StidventPresidentStidvent Partners2019
Leslie SweetDirector of Public AffairsH-E-B2018
Ryan TherrellDirector of Client Services, AustinThe Beck Group2012
Juan TornoePartner & Chief Marketing OfficerCultural Strategies, Inc.2017
Alex ValdesShareholderWInstead PC2019
Javier ValdezChief Operations Officer & Co-CreatorKarisha2012
Matthew ValdezDirector of Business DevelopmentParamount Specialty Finance2014
Rosina Ruiz Valle, Ph.D.Associate Director - Center for P-16 InitiativesTexas State University2019
Wendy VarnellChief Strategy OfficerLifeWorks2010
Madge VasquezChief Executive OfficerMission Capital2011
Michelle WallisExecutive Director of Innovation & DevelopmentAustin Independent School District2011
Katy WellsCivic Leader2008
Casie WenmohsAssistant Director of External AffairsMeadows Mental Health Policy Institute2013
Terri Broussard WilliamsNational Director of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances, Government RelationsAmerican Heart Association2012
James Paul WilsonFormerly, VP – East RegionTexas Gas Service2009
Lloyd WilsonChief Operating OfficerImperium Health2008
Kennard WrightCity of Austin2007