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.

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

Closed: Applications for the class of 2023 McBee Fellows are now closed. Please email if you would like to be notified when the application window opens in the summer of 2023 for the Class of 2024.  Thank you!

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. Review the information packet here.

Contact with any questions about the application process or McBee Fellowship.

2023 McBee Fellows

Valerie Esparza

Deputy Director
Center for Women in Law

Frances Jordan

Director, Communications & Strategy

Fang Fang

Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce

Amy Knop-Narbutis

Senior Research & Evaluation Officer
Hector and Gloria Lopez Foundation

Samuel Franco

President and Founder
Infravest Strategies, LLC

Cynthia Martinez

Communications Director
Travis Central Appraisal District

Joel Gross

Austin Monitor

J. Pieratt

DLA Piper, LLC

Liz Johnson

Director of External Affairs
St. Edward's University

Jackie Sekiguchi

Community Affairs Manager
Texas Mutual Insurance Company

2022 McBee Fellows

Current AARO McBee Fellows

William Askew, Jr.

Program Manager
Capital IDEA

Ann Boren

Manager Market Rules and Stakeholder Support

Ruben Cantu

Executive Director of Inclusive Innovation & Entrepreneurshipt
The University of Texas at Austin

Andrew Cates

       General Counsel & Managing Partner - State Affairs
 The Bingham Group

Angelo Foadey

Vice President Corporate Banking
Frost Bank

Carmen Luevanos

                    Community Relations Manager                   Texas Gas Service

Meg Moore

Austin Strategic Planning

Nico Ramsey

Senior Account Executive
ECPR Texas

Lourdes Rodriguez

Senior Program Officer
St. David's Foundation

Stephanie Tsen

Tsen Engineering
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2007 - 2020 McBee Fellows