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About Us

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan research institute.

The Foundation's mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach.

Funded by thousands of individuals, foundations, and corporations, the Foundation does not accept government funds or contributions to influence the outcomes of its research.

The public is demanding a different direction for their government, and the Texas Public Policy Foundation is providing the ideas that enable policymakers to chart that new course.

The Foundation is guided by these principles:

  • Liberty
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Free Enterprise
President & CEO

Brooke L. Rollins is the President and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of the nation’s premier free market think tanks. Over the past decade, she has emerged as one of the nation’s most...

Executive Director

Arlene Wohlgemuth is Executive Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She served 10 years as a state representative for district 58.

During the 78th legislative session, she served as...

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Robert Croft, CFRE is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He directs the overall development operation at the Foundation and serves as a liaison...

Vice President of Policy

Chuck DeVore is Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America's premier conservative state-level public policy think tanks.

From 2004 to 2010, DeVore represented...

Vice President of Development

Sarah Bradbury French joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation team in September of 2008.

Sarah’s academic career and varied work experiences with the United States Department of Agriculture, the...

Vice President of Research; Director, Center for Economic Freedom

Bill Peacock is the vice president of research and the director of the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has been with the Foundation since February 2005.

Bill...

Vice President of Communications

Joshua S. Treviño is the Vice President of Communications at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Before coming to the Foundation, Treviño was the founder and president of Treviño Strategies and Media...

Office Manager

Jaimie Ailshire is the Office Manager at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Jaimie was an Air Force child glad to have landed in Texas, and graduated high school in Helotes...

Development Programs Administrator
Policy Analyst, Center for Education Freedom

The second of three sons, Michael Barba was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Dallas, where he majored in philosophy and politics. Following...

Director of Major Gifts
Annie Casteel is Director of Major Gifts at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Her primary responsibility is growth and stewardship of our Visionaries and Major Gifts programs. Annie is an accomplished...
Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice

Derek M. Cohen is a policy analyst in the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Right on Crime campaign.

Cohen graduated with a B.S. in...

Director, Center for Health Care Policy

John Davidson is director of the Foundation’s Center for Health Care Policy. Davidson began his career in journalism, and has worked for a wide variety of publications and media companies. Before joining...

Publications Manager

Nancy Druart has been with the Texas Public Policy Foundation since 2005.

Her communications background, along with her practical experience developing publications and collateral marketing materials...

Director of Communications

Caroline Espinosa is the Director of Communications at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Before coming to the Foundation, Espinosa was the Deputy Director of Communications at the U.S. Global...

Senior Policy Analyst

Jess Fields is Senior Policy Analyst in the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of the largest conservative state-level public policy think tanks in the United...

Economist, Center for Fiscal Policy

Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is an economist in the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, TX, one of the premier free market, state-level think tanks in the nation. His expertise...

Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Education Freedom

The Honorable Kent Grusendorf is the Senior Fellow in the Foundation’s Center for Education Freedom.

Grusendorf was born near Abilene in Stanford, Texas, grew up in Waco and went to Arlington to...

Senior Director for Public Affairs

David Guenthner is Senior Director for Public Affairs for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He joined TPPF in January 2007 as Director of Media and Government Relations following a two-year stint in the...

Director, Center for Fiscal Policy

The Honorable Talmadge Heflin is the Director of the Foundation’s Center for Fiscal Policy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Heflin served the people of Harris County as a state representative for 11 terms...

Policy Analyst, Center for Economic Freedom

Kathleen Hunker is a policy analyst with the Center for Economic Freedom at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She is also a managing editor of the Foundation’s research and publications.

Prior to...

Digital Campaigns and Analytics Manager

CJ Bankhead is the Digital Campaigns and Analytics Manager at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. 

While earning her B.A. in broadcast journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, CJ worked on...

Director of Events

Michael Joyce is the Director of Events for the Texas Public Policy Foundation and joined the Foundation in April of 2008.

Prior to his move to Texas, Michael managed a campaign for the State Senate...

Director, Center for Effective Justice

Marc A. Levin is a director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Levin is an attorney and an accomplished author on legal and public policy issues.

Levin has...

Chief Operating Officer

Greg Sindelar is the Chief Operating Officer of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He joined the Foundation in August of 2007.

Prior to joining the Foundation he worked for GEICO Insurance in...

Director, Center for Higher Education

Tom Lindsay, Ph.D., is director of the Foundation’s Center for Higher Education. He has more than two decades’ experience in education management and instruction, including service as a dean, provost, and...

Senior Fellow, Center for Tenth Amendment Action

Karen Lugo is a Senior Fellow for Tenth Amendment Action at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She joined the Foundation in September 2013.

As Co-Director of the Center for Constitutional...

Grants and Donor Communications Manager

Colin Monaghan is the Grants and Donor Communications Manager at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Before joining the Foundation in April 2014, he worked as a Corporate...

Mental Health Fellow

Kate E. Murphy is a Mental Health Policy Fellow contributing to the centers for Effective Justice and Health Care at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Kate interned for...

Director, Center for Local Governance

James Quintero is the Director of the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of America’s premier conservative state-based think tanks. He has been with the Foundation since...

Communications Director, Right on Crime

David Reaboi is the Communications Director at Right on Crime. He is responsible for coordinating Right on Crime stakeholders and supporters, as well as maintaining the project’s...

Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice

Vikrant P. Reddy is a senior policy analyst in the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he coordinates the Right On Crime campaign. He has authored several reports on...

Accounting & Operations Manager

Rikki Risinger is the Accounting and Operations Manager at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

She graduated in May of 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University, and...

Donor Relations Manager

Geoffrey Tahuahua became the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Donor Relations Manager in early October 2012.

Before joining the TPPF team, he worked in the Office of State Representative Lyle Larson...

Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence & Director, Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment

Kathleen Hartnett White joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation in January 2008. She is a Distinguished Senior Fellow-in-Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy & the Environment....

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Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Dr. Wendy Lee Gramm, Chairman
  • Tim Dunn, Vice Chairman
  • Brooke L. Rollins, President
  • Thomas "Tim" Lyles, Secretary
  • Ernest Angelo, Treasurer
  • Dr. James Leininger, Chairman Emeritus
  • Windi Grimes
  • Victor Leal
  • Kendall Miller
  • Brenda Pejovich
  • Jeff Sandefer
  • Kyle Stallings
  • George W. Strake Jr.

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