February 21, 2007
Thank you for your interest in transportation. I wanted to give you a heads-up about the meeting of a task force I convened to help CAMPO create a process to allow the community, and folks like you, to honestly, accurately, and easily evaluate roads and other transportation projects. An email to the task force and CAMPO board is below. I thought you might like to know some about the task force members. The task force includes Dr. David Ellis of the Texas Transportation Institute, who authored a recent, well-publicized study for the Governor’s Business Council that looked at the gas tax. It also includes Michael Replogle, the national transportation director for Environmental Defense. In addition to these two experts, I wanted to assure that some representatives of the public (who are not on the CAMPO Board) were on the task force. So there are a couple of local public appointees that I’m proud of, as well. Frank Fernandez, executive director of Community for the Homeless, is helping us evaluate both the financing and the community impact of transportation projects. Frank was previously deputy director of Peoplefund, a non-profit community bank serving the Austin area, and he has an M.P.A. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT. Currently, Frank serves as the Campaign Chair for the HousingWorks Action Affordable Housing Bond Election campaign, Chair of the City of Austin’s Affordable Housing Incentives Taskforce, and Board Treasurer for Family Connections.I also asked Greg Marshall to work on the committee. Greg owns The Marshall Group, a private consulting firm that specializes in strategic non-profit fundraising and public advocacy and outreach, and he recently served as president and CEO of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce. He also currently serves on several task forces, including Cap Metro’s All Systems Go’s Future Connections Steering committee, the City of Austin’s Arts, Culture, and Entertainment Quality of Life Community Committee, and as co-chair of AISD’s Citizen’s Task Force on High School Redesign.The other members of the Task Force are on the CAMPO board, including three brand new members.Thanks for your interest in this important topic. Enjoy this beautiful day.