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Isabelle S. Headrick

Isabelle S. Headrick is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Texas at Austin, focused on the global modern education movement. She has worked with non-profits on affordable housing, people with and disabilities, homelessness, and other issues.

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Larry F. Martinez

Larry F. Martinez is an emeritus professor in the Political Science Department at California State University at Long Beach. The author of Telecommunications Satellies -- Power Politics in Space, much of his work focuses on cyberspace and outer space conflict resolution.

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Michael Shear

Michael Shear is founder and president of Strategic Office Networks and director of non-profit Broadband Planning Initiatives. He focuses on applying technology to evolve urban and regional planning into a more inclusive, equitable, and secure distributed network of local centers.

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Robert Brehm

Associate Editor/ Columnist

Robert Brehm is a Master of Public Health student at the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health and a Urbānitūs’ associate editor. He holds a master’s from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Herman Portocarero

Herman Portocarero is a writer and former European Union diplomat. He is the author of 22 books based on his experiences serving in Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean. He concluded his diplomatic career as E.U. ambassador to Cuba.

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Brett A. Hurt

Brett is the CEO and co-founder of data.world, a Public Benefit Corporation and the platform for modern data teamwork and the world’s largest collaborative data community, including public COVID-19 datasets. He is the author or The Entrepreneur’s Essentials.

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Jeremi Suri

Jeremi Suri is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s History Department and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is the author and editor of books including, The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office.

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Nathan Ryan

Entrepreneur and community leader Nathan Ryan is co-founder/CEO of Blue Sky Partners, focused on helping organizations build healthy, sustainable systems so they can scale. He is also co-founder/CEO of Good Politics, which connects disengaged voters to the political process.

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Janet Miranda

Janet Miranda is a recent University of Houston graduate who majored in political science and business administration. During her time at UH, she served as a staff writer and news reporter in her college newspaper, The Cougar.

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Kyle Moser

Kyle Moser, a leader at Conara, is focused on designing toward ideals and cultures that can stand the test of time. His experience spans real estate, construction, technology product design, filmmaking and Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

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Dr. Julie Reardon

Julie Reardon M.D., founder of Lake Travis Integrative Medicine, believes in the integrative model in medicine. She has a degree in psychology from Harvard University and completed her medical training at The University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

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Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones is an engineer, lawyer, technology entrepreneur and a lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law. He chairs Stand Up Republic, a non-profit organization advocating government accountability and is the founder of the technology policy publisher Protego Press.

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Paul Huggins

Austin attorney Paul Huggins is a technology and business lawyer. Before he earned his law degree at the University of Texas Law School Huggins, studied history as an undergraduate at Middlebury College in Vermont.

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Banu Paksoy

A native of Turkey, Banu Paksoy immigrated to the United States a decade ago to pursue a career in global education, digital tools and technology. Today, in addition to being a mother, she leads the digital design and strategy of Urbanitus.

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Barry Kahn

Barry Kahn is CEO and founder of Qcue, an Austin-based software firm. A physicist, economist and thought leader in the ticketing industry, his commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Sports Illustrated, The Economist, CNBC and elsewhere.

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Cathy Boggs

Cathy Boggs is a communications policy analyst and university research center administrator with over 40 years’ experience organizing policy discussions related to traditional and digital media. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Peniel E. Joseph

Peniel E. Joseph is a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department at The University of Texas at Austin. He authored the Sword and Shield -- The Revolutionay Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Zachary Suri

Zachary Suri is a high school student and youth poet in Austin, Texas. As a child of the 21st Century, Suri’s poetry seeks to connect modern radicalism and poetic innovation with classical themes and in many cases, classical forms. Suri’s influences range from the novels of Saul Bellow to Schiller’s dramas and the great classical epics. Suri co-hosts and serves as poet-in-residence for the popular podcast This is Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin, bringing a youthful perspective to a wide range of issues literary, scientific, and historical. His work has appeared frequently on Urbanitus.com and CNN.com in addition to numerous print publications.

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James Schlitt

James Schlitt is a postdoctoral research associate with the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute. Since 2013, he has collaborated with state, federal, and international public health agencies responding to emergencies including novel pandemic pathogens and foodborne illness outbreaks.

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Brooke Shannon

Brooke Shannon is a Ph.D. student in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She studies public policy and American politics, focusing on urban politics and local government, agenda setting, and racial and ethnic politics.

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Ryan Connell

Ryan Connell is a traveler, writer, and photographer. He currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can find more of his writings at theholyapostate.com .

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Christopher Brown

Christopher Brown is an Austin-based business lawyer and author, and one of the founding members of the Colorado River Conservancy. His newest novel, Failed State, is now available from HarperCollins.

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Andrew Escher

A leader at Conara, Andrew Escher has experience spanning real estate, small business, international healthcare, technical training, public speaking and finance. He's interested in human motivation and learning about what makes cultures, companies and cities work.

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Susana Almanza

Susana Almanza, a native of East Austin, is a political and environmental activist. Susana Almanza, a native of East Austin, is a political and environmental activist. She is the director of People Organized for the Defense of Earth and Her Resources, PODER, the environmental justice advocacy she helped found in 1991.

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Tom Hedrick

Tom Hedrick is the founder and managing director of a private investment firm. He has a long history serving and advising education-related non-profits including Early Matters Greater Austin and the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center.

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Chelsea Collier

Chelsea Collier is focused on the development of smarter, more equitable, more connected communities as the founder of consultancy Digi.City and with Smart Cities Connect where she is editor-at-large. She is active in the local tech and social impact communities.

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Christopher Andrés Matos

Christopher Andrés Matos Energy industry professional Christopher Andrés Matos has worked for rural electric cooperatives, state agencies, and multinational power developers. He is graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and Jackson School of Geo-sciences.

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