Welcome to Our New Advisory Board and Staff

Today, Jenn Brown, Executive Director of Battleground Texas sent this email to our list:

I have some big news.

Today, we’re announcing key changes at Battleground Texas — strategic shifts that will allow us to expand on the work of the last two and a half years.

First, we have a brand-new rockstar Advisory Board. I normally wouldn’t throw a list of names at you, but this is a pretty amazing group:

Naomi Aberly, Jeremy Bird, former Dallas Mayor and Ambassador Ron Kirk, Congressman Joaquín Castro, community leader Eric D. Johnson, Austin Ligon, Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez, volunteer leader Jennifer Longoria, labor leader Marvin Ragsdale, Eddy Morales, Amber Mostyn, Carrin Mauritz Patman, Carrin F. Patman, Kirk Rudy, and Lynda Tran. 

After two and a half years as Executive Director, I’ll be transitioning to Board Chair.

We’re also bringing on new staff.

El Paso native Oscar Silva, Latino Vote Director in North Carolina in 2012, is our new Political Director. Luis Cázares, Regional Field Director in the TX-23rd U.S. congressional district in 2014, will serve as San Antonio Coordinator. And Tyler Keen, a field organizer in East Texas, will join the team as Dallas Coordinator. Training Director Priscila Martinez is moving into a new role as Field Director.

These changes are exciting. We’re recommitting to the mission to turn Texas into a battleground state, and right now that means adjusting strategy, leadership, and capacity.

We founded Battleground Texas in 2013 to empower millions of Texans who are not being heard by leaders in Austin or D.C. In our first two years, we registered nearly 100,000 Texas voters, trained and deployed nearly 35,000 volunteers, and established Texas’ first dedicated Voter Protection Hotline.

That wasn’t enough. There’s a lot more work to do. 

This year, we’re holding volunteer-led regional councils across Texas, registering thousands of voters, and training progressive Texans of color through the Texas Future Leadership Program. This month, we pushed the state to make procedural changes to help more eligible voters can exercise their right at the ballot box.

This movement is made up of individuals like you who know our democracy and policies and leaders are stronger when more people are involved — so I want to hear from you. 

Write to bgtx@battlegroundtexas.com to share your hopes, questions, and comments about the future of Battleground Texas. 

Every Texan should get an equal chance to weigh in on who represents them, and every candidate for national office should have to compete for Texas’ votes.

It’s critical that we continue to organize until that happens.

Lots more to come. In the meantime, thanks so much for your support and adding your voice, time, donations, and energy. I can’t wait to see what we do next. 

Jenn 

Jenn Brown
Executive Director
Battleground Texas