Who We Are

Our Board

 

Eric Goff

Eric Goff was raised in Houston's suburbs, and is 35.  He first got politically active protesting against the start of the second Gulf War in 2003, but eventually realized the best way to affect change was at home, in his community.  Eric is a Director at Citigroup Energy where he advises the organization on the impacts of local, state, and federal energy policies on markets, a co-founder of Austin's bike powered composting company, the Compost Pedallers, and wants an Austin where everyone who wants to afford to live here can.

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Brennan Griffin

Brennan Griffin

Brennan Griffin was born and raised in Austin, TX, but please don't hold it against him. He wants to build enough housing for everyone who wants to live here, and improve transit to serve the people who need it most. Mostly this is selfish, as he wants to someday buy a house or condo in Central Austin where he can raise his young son with his partner, and get rid of his car altogether.  He spent the first 10 years of his career as an organizer, trainer, and administrator for the grassroots organizing group, ACORN.  The last 8 years, he has worked at the public interest justice center Texas Appleseed, handily fulfilling his lifelong goal of working only for seed-based organizations where there is room for growth.  He is passionate about making sure that opportunities are accessible for all, no matter what their income, and is equally passionate in his loathing of policies that lead to sprawl, with its attendant impacts on environmental justice, social mobility, city finances, public health, and global warming.  

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Kevin McLauglin

Kevin McLaughlinKevin McLaughlin works for Student Loan Genius in product and sales development where he encourages businesses to help employees pay down their student loans. He has a Masters in electrical engineering from Boston University and a film degree from UT. As a renter and a millennial, he knows first hand the challenges and opportunities facing Austin as we try to create a more inclusive, transit-friendly city with abundant housing and opportunities for all.

 

Shavone Otero

Shavone OteroShavone Otero is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She moved to Austin in 2014 to attend UT Austin for a double Masters in Community & Regional Planning + Latin American Studies.  She seeks to practice participatory planning in pursuit of social/environmental/cultural justice through alternative, community-based strategies, such as expressions of hip-hop culture and indigenous methodologies.  Shavone serves on the board of Evolve Austin and DJs with Chulita Vinyl Club, a Latinx vinyl collective in Austin.

 

Nina Rinaldi

Nina RinaldiBy day, Nina works as the Development Coordinator at Shoal Creek Conservancy, helping Shoal Creek and its Trail become a gateway to nature, fresh air, green transportation, and outdoor recreation for all Austinites. By night, she is a recreational cat-cuddler and dog-walker who loves reading, working out and volunteering with AURA and Mobile Loaves and Fishes. As AURA Social Chair, Nina creates events that help educate Austinites about land use, transit, and urban planning. If you have an idea for an event or something you'd like to learn about, shoot her an email at info@aura-atx.org.

 

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Susan Somers

Susan Somers

Susan Somers came to Austin in 2005 to pursue graduate studies in history. Moving to Austin without a car forced her to learn a lot about transit quickly. Around 2008, she fell into the urban Austin blogosphere and she hasn't looked back since. She got involved with AURA in 2013 after meeting its founders on Twitter during the urban rail planning process. She is passionate about creating a welcoming Austin. Since 2010, she's been an academic advisor at UT-Austin, currently serving undergraduate majors in the Classics and Philosophy Departments. She is the mother of two fabulous daughters.

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Josiah Stevenson

Josiah Stevenson

Josiah is a senior analyst managing investments for a state pension fund. He holds a Masters in Economics from UT. A renter himself, he's dedicated to fighting for abundant housing and against the policies of exclusion that are increasingly pricing low-income Austinites out of our city. He looks forward to a more inclusive and sustainable future for Austin.

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Thomas Visco

ThomasVisco.jpgThomas Visco is the co-Founder of Glasshouse Policy, a nonprofit community engagement organization. Through all of his work, Thomas seeks to collaborate between established and newly formed constituencies to produce community-oriented public policy to the benefit of all citizens. In his free time, Thomas enjoys reading—mostly history—two-stepping, and pondering a life at sea.

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Liza Wimberley

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Chris "Kaz" Wojtewicz

Chris.jpgAs a fifth-generation Austinite, Chris "Kaz" Wojtewicz has a deep understanding about the angst that change has brought to Austin. These changes, and a need to better understand the context of change, inspired Kaz to study economics at TX State and then continue his studies of Public Affairs at UT's LBJ School. With over 14 years as a public servant, as well as experience in the private sector, Kaz brings a unique perspective to the AURA board. As a staunch believer in the maxim, "leaders eat last", Kaz advocates for public leadership and government that serves all of society. Kaz lives with his wife, 2 daughters, in-laws, and one labrador in Northwest Hills. He enjoys running, exploring the Austin food scene, as well as spending time with friends and family.

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