As the COVID-19 crisis continues, questions around policy issues are even more important. TPPF experts are writing, presenting policy solutions, and are available for media interviews. Below is a selection of some of our experts and the topics in which they specialize. To arrange an interview with any of these experts, contact Sarah Silberstein at

Topic: Texas Recovery Efforts

  • Kevin Roberts, Ph.D. TPPF Executive Director
  • appointed to serve on the Special Advisory Council to Gov. Greg Abbott’s Statewide Strike Force tasked with developing plans to safely reopen the state
  • recent commentary in San Antonio Express-News: It’s time to reopen the economy

Topic: Healthcare Industry

Topics: Workplace Recovery Act, State Regulations

Topic: Foster Care

  • Andrew C. Brown, J.D. Director, Center for Families and Children
  • an attorney, he has represented children in the child welfare system, advocated for the rights of parents, and helped build families through domestic and international adoption
  • recent commentary in the San Antonio Express-News: Don’t let COVID-19 keep families apart

Topic: Elections

Topic: Criminal Justice

  • Derek M. Cohen, Ph.D. Director, Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime
  • worked as a researcher with the University of Cincinnati’s Institute of Crime Science and completed three advanced statistical trainings at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan

Topic: Immigration

Topics: Economy, China, Taxes

Topic: Balancing the State Budget

  • The Honorable Talmadge Heflin Director, Center for Fiscal Policy
  • a state representative for 11 terms, served as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations and navigated a $10 billion state budget shortfall to avoid a tax increase

Topic: Legal Issues

  • The Honorable Robert Henneke General Counsel & Director, Center for the American Future
  • served as the twice-elected Kerr County Attorney, began his legal career serving as an Assistant Attorney General, has appeared on national news shows, such as Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, commentaries published in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Fox News,  etc.
  • recent commentary in Austin American-Statesman: Seeking a balance in coronavirus response

Topic: Federal Issues

Topics: Energy and the Environment

Topic: Local Governments

Topic: Education