Our Board of Directors

Dennis Kearns
BNSF Railway (retired)

TAoT Board Chairman


Michael Reeves

Ports-to-Plains Alliance
TAoT Board Chairman-Elect


Vic Boyer

San Antonio Mobility Coalition
TAoT Board Vice Chair - Legislative Relations


Vic Suhm

Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition

TAoT Board Vice Chair - Financial Management


Jennifer McEwan

Gulf Coast Regional Mobility Partners

TAoT Board Vice Chair - Research & Education


Jennifer Woodard
AGC of Texas
TAoT Board Vice Chair - Communications


Andrea French

Transportation Advocacy Group - Houston

TAoT Board Vice Chair - Membership and Regional Coordination


Drew Campbell

Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition
TAoT Board Secretary


Gary Bushell

Alliance for I-69 Texas / I-14 Gulf Coast

TAoT Board Vice Chair - Nominations


Brandon Janes

Jackson Walker LLP - Austin

TAoT Board - Immediate Past Chair


James Carlow, County Judge

Bowie County


Jackie Butler

Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce


Jim Jeffers

Nacogdoches City Manager


Pete Saenz, Mayor
City of Laredo


Nancy Berry, County Commissioner
Brazos County


Elizabeth Grindstaff
Texas Pacifico Transportation, San Angelo


Alex Meade
Mission Economic Development Corp.


Clayton Henderson
Port of Beaumont


Lindsay Mullins

BNSF Railway


Nelda Olivo
Port of Corpus Christi Authority


Doug Pitcock

Williams Brothers Construction Co.


Don Durden

Civil Engineering Consultants


Steve Stagner

American Council of Engineering Companies, Texas


Patrick Rhode
Cintra US


Who We Are

Transportation Advocates of Texas is a non-profit group made up of local governments, mobility coalitions, port authorities, economic development organizations, regional alliances, state associations and employers dedicated to helping find solutions to the mobility challenges facing Texas. We are committed to providing leadership in the pursuit and maintenance of sustainable transportation financing solutions to fund the infrastructure investments needed to serve a fast growing state.


What We Do

When Transportation Advocates of Texas (TAoT) was organized in 2010, it had a mission -- finding a way to bring together many advocates to more effectively engage all members of the Texas Legislature and state leaders in support of additional resources to address a growing highway funding gap. State leaders answered the call with Proposition 1 in 2013 and Proposition 7 in 2015. Texas voters gave them overwhelming support.

Sustaining this funding and adding to it will be required to catch up with more vehicles and aging roads and bridges.


Legislative Advocacy - Keep the Promises: TAoT works with members of the Legislature and state officials. We have assisted in development of significant additional funding sources in the past two legislative sessions. Even more funding will be needed in the years ahead to address growing congestion, safety, air quality and efficiency challenges. TAoT is urging lawmakers to keep the promises made to voters by fully appropriating
highway funding as provided in Prop 1 and Prop 7 and by resisting any future effort to resume revenue diversions from the State Highway Fund to agencies other than the Department of Transportation.


Building Public Awareness: Texas’ highway network is the backbone of its economy. To improve mobility and adequately fund major transportation system upgrades it is important to have the support of citizens, business leaders and property owners. TAoT members continue working to build a grassroots network to help the public understand that delays in addressing mobility problems will inevitably result in more traffic congestion, greater economic losses, missed job opportunities and higher safety risks. Along with public awareness and advocacy, TAoT proudly works to recognize the efforts of those who champion transportation and the vital role it plays in commerce, family life and public safety.