Our board is made up of diverse community leaders that have years of experience in civic and political engagement in under-represented Austin communities. Our workshops are led by local experts in their given field who also will be available as mentors to participants.
Chas Moore is the co-founder of the Austin, Texas based – Austin Justice Coalition a grassroots activist-led organization aimed at demanding criminal justice reform and building community at both the local and national level.
An advocate for the underserved, Chas champions efforts that deliberately meet community needs like back-to-school drives, fundraisers for those who have been brutalized by police, feeding the hungry and pioneering programs for black youth, men and women.
Chas Moore believes that hope for equality and generational change must begin with the reshaping and reclaiming of a black community.
Bobby Levinski is an environmental and real estate attorney who currently represents nonprofit organizations (including the Save Our Springs Alliance and Great Springs Project) on matters related to natural resource conservation and the impacts of development. Bobby has also been extensively involved in municipal policy since 2005, having served as a policy advisor for three Austin City Council Members. Bobby earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from The University of Texas School of Law, and has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Urban Studies from UT as well. In his spare time, Bobby plays and coaches soccer.
Susana Almanza is a founding member and Director of PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources), a grassroots environmental, economic and social justice organization. Susana has overcome poverty, prejudice, and segregated schools to face down some of the world’s most powerful transnational corporations.
Susana is an indigenous person of the continent of America and resides in East Austin, Texas. She is a longtime community organizer, and educator, mother and grandmother. Susana participated in the civil rights movement as a Brown Beret taking up issues of police brutality, housing, quality education and equity in school systems and health care as a right not a privilege.
Susana Almanza is a proven leader and nationally recognized environmental justice activist. Susana is a model of civic engagement; Almanza has spent her life organizing for the advancement of the underprivileged in the neighborhoods of East Austin and beyond. Susana served on the City of Austin’s Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Board, Environmental Board and the Community Development Commission. Susana continues her struggle for human rights demanding environmental justice and a better quality of life for people of color, all humanity and for future generations.
Linda Albornoz serves as Schwab’s Vice President of Digital Cross-Enterprise Platforms in the Digital Services division, formed late last year. Before that, she held roles in the Schwab Technology Services organization where she oversaw the team responsible for leading Schwab Intelligent Portfolios (SIP), Schwab Intelligent Advisory (SIA) platforms as the Vice President of Schwab Wealth Management Technology. In her first Schwab position, Linda served as Vice President of Corporate Brokerage Services Technology delivering B2B platforms for Stock Plan Services and Compliance Solutions. In all her roles, Linda focuses on ensuring technology solutions work effectively across an organization to deliver strategic change and innovation—driving growth and efficiency while improving customer experience.
Linda is a graduate of Rice University with a B.A. in both Managerial Studies and Anthropology.
In his 20-year career with Strategic Partnerships, Kirk Yoshida has become an expert in using government information to drive business development activities for clients. He began his work with the SPI Team in 1999. After a sabbatical year in Japan, Kirk returned to SPI as a senior research analyst, and was later promoted to director of information services and then senior consultant. He is a master at surrounding any issue or opportunity with historical data, budget information, legislative activity, vendor competitive analysis and political implications.
Prior to joining SPI, Kirk held a number of different positions in the public sector. His government agency experience covers a municipality, a regulatory agency and a state transportation agency. Kirk holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine and a master’s degree in information studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He also attended the master’s program at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.