Luci Baines Johnson’s career incorporates a wide range of business and philanthropic commitments.
Previously she served as Chairman of the Board of the LBJ Holding Company, which included radio, real estate, timber and ranch assets. Following the 2003 sale of the radio properties, she and her husband Ian Turpin founded LBJ Family Wealth Advisors, a multifamily office, which manages and helps transition family wealth from one generation to another. Ms. Johnson was also a co-founder of BusinesSuites, one of the nation’s top 10 executive suite operators until its sale in 2015.
Ms. Johnson has had a lifetime commitment to social justice, health care and the environment. A graduate of St. Edward’s University with numerous honors, Ms. Johnson currently serves on the boards of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the Board of Visitors of MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is a Trustee Emeritus of Boston University and a lifetime board member of the Seton Fund, Dell Children’s Hospital and the SAFE Alliance, dedicated to ending sexual exploitation and domestic violence.
Ms. Johnson’s most precious career is her family. She has four grown children; Lyndon, Nicole, Rebekah and Claudia; one stepson, Stuart; and 14 treasured grandchildren.
Currently, Georgetown University Baker Scholar Trustee, HeartGift Foundation board. Most recently, served as board chair for Trinity Episcopal School (2012-14), and board member Good Shepherd Episcopal School (2008-2010); Goldman Sachs – Managing Director, NYC, Boston, London (1993-2007).
Prior to elected office, Will Wynn had a successful 20-year career in the commercial real estate development industry with projects in Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Austin. In 2006 he was named a Distinguished Alumni of Texas A&M’s College of Architecture.
Will served on the Austin City Council 2000-03 and as two-term Austin Mayor 2003-09. An early Chairman of the Downtown Austin Alliance, he has long been a leading advocate for transforming downtown into the most vibrant urban core in the country.
He lectures, advises and consults with governments, utilities and private entities on topics ranging from sustainability and economic development to energy efficiency and urban revitalization. His sustainability work has won him awards from a diverse group of organizations, including Scenic Austin, The U.S. Conference of Mayors, The Colorado River Foundation, The Alliance to Save Energy, The Hill Country Conservancy and the Association of Energy Engineers, among others.
Will has joint Irish and U.S. citizenship and splits time between Austin, Puerto Rico and Europe.
Kyndel Bennett is the CEO of Cayetano Development, a developer of affordable residential communities throughout the State of Texas. Kyndel is a 30-year veteran of the real estate industry having worked in development, construction, and as a principal in a billion dollar real estate investment fund. He has extensive experience in structuring, syndicating, developing and managing complex real estate projects. He received an MBA with a real estate concentration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is actively involved in the Austin Community having served on the Boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas (Past Chair), the Colorado River Alliance (Past Chair) and as a Trustee of Trinity Episcopal School (Past Chair). Kyndel is married to his wife Laura and has two children Barkley (15) and Johnny (13).
Capital Campaign Committee For the Love of the Springs; Moody College Advisory Board; Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas Board; MFL volunteer; NODA volunteer; Texas Book Festival (former Board); AT&T VP
FAIA, Preservation Austin. Clayton&Little(Principal). Twice named Austin’s Best Architect by the Austin Chronicle, Emily is an expert in historic preservation whose work has indelibly colored the fabric of her native Austin
Tyson Tuttle serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Labs, a leading provider of silicon, software and solutions for a smarter, more connected world. Since joining Silicon Labs in 1997, Tyson has significantly shaped the company’s strategic and technological directions. He helped design Silicon Labs’ first breakthrough IC product, which achieved market share leadership in PC modems and enabled the company to go public in 2000. Tyson led the marketing effort behind Silicon Labs’ first RF transceiver products for mobile handsets and spearheaded the development and market success of the company’s radio and TV tuner ICs. Tyson led Silicon Labs’ broadcast product lines until 2010 when the R&D team was consolidated under his leadership as Chief Technology Officer. He became Chief Operating Officer in 2011, managing Silicon Labs’ business units and R&D, and was promoted to CEO in 2012. In his C-level roles, Tyson spearheaded the company’s focus on the Internet of Things, and drove the strategic acquisitions of Ember (the ZigBee market leader), Energy Micro (the pioneer of ultra-low-power ARM-based microcontrollers) and Bluegiga (a leading provider of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules and software). Tyson has more than 25 years of semiconductor experience with industry leaders like Broadcom and Cirrus Logic / Crystal Semiconductor, holds 70 patents in RF and mixed-signal IC design, and serves on the board of the Global Semiconductor Alliance. Tyson holds a BS in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an MS in electrical engineering from UCLA. He is also a respected leader in the Austin community, serving on the board of directors of KUT-FM and KLRU-TV, home of PBS and Austin City Limits.
“It is my great honor and privilege to serve as Interim Executive Director in support of Barton Springs with an outstanding staff, board of directors and capital campaign steering committee. These dedicated leaders are committed to the Conservancy’s mission to honor, protect and enhance the experience of Barton Springs through education and facility improvement. Thank you to our outstanding Board and Steering Committee!”
Waller Creek Conservancy (Board.) and trustee of The Powell Foundation, Houston. Most recently, served on the Boards of SITE Santa Fe and The Lensic Theater in Santa Fe and on the Development Committee for the Santa Fe Farmers Market. Served on the Board of TFAA, now known as The Contemporary, Austin.
FAIA, Preservation Austin. Clayton & Little(Principal). Twice named Austin’s Best Architect by the Austin Chronicle, Emily is an expert in historic preservation whose work has indelibly colored the fabric of her native Austin
United Way for Greater Austin, CEO. Extensive experience in non-profit leadership, development and strategic planning, including Executive and Managing Director stints at Thinkery, Communities in Schools of Texas Foundation, Conspirare, Texas Mamma Jamma Ride, and Hill County Ride for AIDS. He takes training swims at Barton Springs Pool.
Controller at Tiff’s Treats and former audit manager at Deloitte & Touche, Jordan is a longtime frequenter of Barton Springs. A graduate of Vanderbilt University who received his Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, Jordan is excited to bring his financial background to the Barton Springs Conservancy.
Save Barton Creek Association (Board member and Past President); Hill Country Conservancy; Envision Central Texas Board; Wilbarger Creek Conservation Alliance (Board); Citizens Advisory Committee for the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District; and the Citizens Advisory Committee for LCRA.
A graduate of Austin High School and The University of Texas at Austin, Patrick spent a his immediate years after college working at Austin’s NPR affiliate KUT 90.5 taking photos of studio performances and managing the station’s digital content.
After two years at KUT, Patrick began working at C3 Presents managing digital initiatives for music festivals, including ACL Festival in Austin and Lollapalooza in Chicago. In 2014, Patrick became Marketing Director at C3, overseeing all digital & traditional media for the company’s music and food & wine festivals. While at both Austin High and UT, Patrick headed up the official Polar Bear Club taking place at Barton Springs.
Bank of America, Austin Market President, with service on the boards of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Communities In Schools of Central Texas and the Austin Community Design and Development Center as well as the advisory council of the Junior League of Austin. 2010 Outstanding Community Affairs Executive of the Year.
Media producer and Senior Lecturer whose work includes award-winning Living Springs interactive documentary which explores Barton Springs to foster greater understanding of how the natural environment helps to define human culture in the place that many call the “soul” of Austin.
TreeFolks (President); Save Barton Creek Association (Board); City of Austin Environmental Board; Climate Protection Team; Community Relations Lower Colorado River Authority; Clean Water Action (State Co-Director)
An electricity attorney at Duggins Wren Mann & Romero, LLP, James’ practice includes commercial litigation, commercial transactions, administrative law, and energy matters. James is a former member of the Austin Planning Commission and Austin Zero Waste Advisory Commission. James currently serves on the Board of Directors for Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural District.
Geronimo M. Rodriguez Jr. currently serves as Chief Advocacy Officer for Ascension Texas which is comprised of Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas and Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, Texas. Ascension Texas is a part of Ascension, the largest non-profit healthcare system in the United States. He joined Ascension Texas in June 2006 to expand and institutionalize efforts across the healthcare system in the areas of diversity, inclusion, cultural competence, federal contract compliance, workforce development and civic engagement. Mr. Rodriguez has served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the LBJ School of Public Affairs teaching US Latino Policy Issues and at St. Edward’s University focused on Political Leadership, Political Management/Managing Crisis and Mass Media and Politics. Mr. Rodriguez has over twenty five years of public service experience advising federal, state and local elected officials in addition to managing presidential, gubernatorial, and attorney general campaigns. Mr. Rodriguez served in the White House Office of Congressional Affairs where he supported legislative preparations for the Seattle Round of the World Trade Organization. In addition, he served as Deputy Associate Director and later Acting Associate Director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel where he was responsible for recommending a third of the President’s senior level appointments. He also advised senior White House staff on appointments affecting the Hispanic community. Mr. Rodriguez currently serves as Board Member of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Board Member of the Lola Wright Foundation, Board Member of KLRU-TV, the local public television station, Board Member of the Impact Center, Board Member of the Austin Anti-Defamation League, Member of the Austin Area Research Organization, Member of the Subiendo Academy for Rising Leaders Advisory Council, and is an alumni of the Texas Lyceum and the FBI Citizen’s Academy. Finally, he is Past Chair of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Past Chair of the Leadership Austin Board of Directors. Mr. Rodriguez is co-author of the Diversity chapter in Hospitals: What They Are and How They Work. In September 2015, he received the Lotus Award from the Asian Family Support Services of Austin for his advocacy of language services for the diverse Central Texas community. In January 2014, he received the Education Service Award from the San Juan Diego Catholic High School for his teams’ support of placing work study students at Seton Healthcare Family. In September 2008, he received the Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for achievement in public service. In May 2007, he was chosen as one of 25 Young Americans to participate in the American Swiss Foundation Young Leaders Conference in Thun, Switzerland. In March 2007, he received the Austin Under 40 Award for Government/Political Affairs. He was named a 2006 and 2005 Rising Star by Texas Monthly. In 2001, he received the St. Edward’s University Alumni Achievement Award. Mr. Rodriguez, a native of Alamo, Texas, graduated from St. Edward’s University with a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, where he received a four year academic scholarship and a College Assistance Migrant Program Scholarship. He served as Student Body President of St. Edward’s University. Mr. Rodriguez also attended the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. As a child, Mr. Rodriguez spent eight months a year as a migrant farmworker traveling with his parents from South Texas to the Northwest United States following the harvest seasons. His parents continue to harvest crops in Oregon and Mr. Rodriguez joins them annually for a week.
Under Judith Sims’s direction, The Art School of The Contemporary Austin has become the city’s leading non-accredited art school and grown to almost 5,000 students and nearly $1 million in revenue annually. Key among her successes are the decades-long collaboration with ACC; the capital campaign and construction of a permanent Art School complex in 1984, and the Laguna Gloria Renewal Project (Phases 1 & 2) for which she successfully completed capital campaigns in 2003 and 2008, including The Art School’s studio expansion; co-curator and executive producer of The Territory, a PBS video series which aired statewide for 34 years; numerous thematic film and video programs as well as live performances at Laguna Gloria and around Austin; and a 25-year outreach program serving children and adolescents in crisis in non-traditional settings. Ms. Sims’ educational background includes a Certificate in Arts Administration, Graduate School of Business, Harvard University; graduate studies toward M.S. Degree in Continuing Education, the University of Rochester, New York; and a B.A. in History with Honors Graduate the University of Texas at Austin.
In recognition of her decades-long contributions to the Art School, the Contemporary Austin has named Judith Art School Director Emerita. She will also take on a consulting role with the museum in 2018.
Austin Parks Foundation (Past President) and Barton Springs Plan Coordinating Committee Member). President of Spicewood Village Home Owners Association. Peppermint Cleaning Services (owner). Ralph is a regular swimmer at Barton Springs Pool.
Jennifer has extensive experience in Austin nonprofits and fundraising, having started her development career in 1995 at The Seton Fund. She most recently served as the Capital Campaign Director for phase II of the Salvation Army’s $19M capital campaign. Jennifer received a BA from Davidson College in North Carolina and a MA from UT Austin. She is actively involved in the Austin community, serving on the Seton Development Board, Elizabeth Ann Seton Board (past Chair), Helping Hand Home Society, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (past Parents Association President, past Trustee).
Hannah Glaw, a native Austinite, graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2016 with a Natural Resources degree. During school, she spent much of her down time hiking, photographing, volunteering on the University farm, trail running, executing a medicinal/edible agro forestry project, and creating community outreach programming. After graduation, Hannah worked for Girl Scouts of America, the state of Tennessee Division of Forestry, and Seattle Audubon Society. She is a long time lover of the Edward’s Aquifer and spends some of her early mornings and most of her weekends basking in the sun and cannon balling off of the diving board at Barton Springs Pool.