I am a Senior Staff Photographer for the local rag, The Austin American-Statesman, and have been there for going on 36 years. Hard to believe but I have survived this long and hope to continue for a while longer.
"I've co-owned End Of An Ear for 13 and a half years with Daniel Plunkett. Dan and I have been partners for 20 years and we always dreamed of opening up a shop together after he realized his last Record Store "33 Degrees" was coming to an end around 2003. We started End Of An Ear on S. 1st Street near Oltorf in April of 2005."
Jenée Ovitt owns Once Over Coffee Bar with her husband Rob and they co-own Wild Gift Coffee, both here in Austin. She has been in specialty coffee since 2004, opening Izzy's Coffee Den with Rob with very little money and a lot of grit. They sold that shop in 2007 to move back to Austin, where they had met and had lived off and on since the 90's.
Mayor Steve Adler was sworn into office in January 2015 and has focused primarily on Austin’s growing affordability crisis and worsening traffic.
Mayor Adler has received recognition for his innovative ideas and leadership. In Jun. 2017, his fellow mayors elected Mayor Adler a Trustee of the United States Conference of Mayors after putting him on the Advisory Board the previous year. In August 2016, Mayor Adler was voted by mayors surveyed by POLITICO Magazine as the co-winner of the Rookie of the Year award. In September 2016, Living Cities included Mayor Adler on the list of 25 Disruptive Leaders (along with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, author Ta-Nehihi Coates, and actor Jesse Williams) to mark that organization’s 25th anniversary. Also that month, his office’s application for a crowdsourced minibond campaign to save Austin’s iconic music venues was picked as one of five winners of the Neighborly Bonds Challenge.
Reyna Vazquez is chef and founder of Veracruz All Natural. She grew up helping her mother in their family restaurant near the beautiful Veracruzana beach. Starting at a very young age, Reyna learned the ins and outs of the kitchen from her grandmother and mother, and she has loved cooking ever since.
Laurie Gallardo is the producer and voice of the Austin Music Minute, and host of an afternoon music show, Monday through Thursday 2pm-5pm, on KUTX 98.9 in Austin, Texas. Gallardo is curator and host of a project outside of the KUTX sphere, The Good Music Club, an independent live music event and online video music series featuring all Austin-based musical artists making their mark on the local scene and beyond. And Gallardo is also a voice actor, represented by The Atherton Group, and featured on various video games, anime series, commercials, narration for technical videos and locally-produced theatrical projects.
Widely recognized as a leader on women’s equality, Wendy Davis is best known for her historic 13 hour filibuster on the floor of the Texas Senate to kill a legislative effort aimed at dramatically reducing women’s access to abortion care in her state. Her efforts were vindicated with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedtwhich overturned Texas’ anti-abortion law.
Art Markman is the Anabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing at The University of Texas at Austin and Founding Director of the Program in the Human Dimensions of Organizations. Art has written over 150 scholarly papers on topics including reasoning, decision making, and motivation. He has served as executive officer of the Cognitive Science Society and executive editor of the journal Cognitive Science.