Greater Houston Partnership (GHP)

Public Policy

Public Policy Staff

Myrna Cantu, Executive Assistant, Public Policy & Communications

Myrna joined the Partnership in the fall of 2014 as the committee engagement coordinator and executive assistant to the Executive Vice President of public policy. In her role, Myrna is responsible for organizing the logistical details for all committee and subcommittee meetings, including email correspondence, agenda distribution and room reservations. Myrna is the go-to person for all committee administrative needs.

Ted Geer, Director, Federal Government Affairs and Public Policy

In Ted's current position, located in Washington, DC, he directs federal, state and local advocacy for the Partnership. He joined the Partnership in fall 2014 and was based out of Houston until summer 2017. While in Houston, he worked closely with the Partnership’s Municipal Finance Task Force to develop expertise on the City of Houston’s finances and pension systems. Ted played a key role in the passage of the Houston pension reform bill during the 85th Legislative Session. He worked closely with Partnership leaders, as well as legislative staff in Austin and Houston, to tactfully navigate the bill through the Legislature and on to the Governor’s desk while ensuring it aligned with the Partnership's principles. Ted has a background in public policy and finance, having worked for the Cato Institute in Washington D.C., the Treasurer of the State of Ohio, a national municipal financial advisory firm in New Jersey and the Columbus, Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

Jesse Ayala, Manager, Public Policy

Jesse joined the Partnership's public policy team in February 2014. Previously, Jesse practiced public finance and education law. He also worked for the Office of the New York State Attorney General and in the legal department of WNET, the nation’s top-rated public television station. Jesse applies his legal expertise to his current role as the Partnership’s public policy counsel. Jesse also leveraged his extensive experience in political and legislative campaigns when HISD’s Recapture vote arose during the 85th Legislative Session. Jesse managed a group of stakeholders and strategically drove the "Vote for Prop 1" campaign to a successful conclusion, with the measure passing by an 84 to 16 percent margin. Jesse also manages the Partnership's Education Advisory Committee and Early Childhood, K-12 and Higher Education Subcommittees and was extensively involved in the formation of the Early Matters coalition.

Steven Will, Manager, Public Policy

Steven joined the Partnership's public policy team in January 2016, having worked three sessions for members of the Texas House of Representatives. He served as legislative director for the Texas State Representative Stephanie Klick and for State Representative William "Bill" Callegari (former Representative for Katy, TX). Steven has a master's degree in political science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and further legislative experience in Colorado, Maryland and the U.S. Senate. He brings experience in various areas that are important to the Partnership from public pensions to health care. Steven worked to defend various state-level economic development and environmental programs that came under scrutiny during the 85th legislative session. He also acted as the Partnership's liaison to the Metro 8 Chambers of Commerce.

Regina Recinos, Jr. Analyst, Public Policy

Regina joined the Partnership's public policy team in the fall of 2010 as a committee assistant and is now responsible for keeping the team informed of various issues of interest to the Partnership across all issue areas. Regina adds to the team's success by managing and disseminating legislative and regulatory information. During elections, Regina helps run the Partnership's voter engagement initiative. Regina is uniquely positioned to bridge member engagement and policy advocacy in order to advance the Partnership’s priorities. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in 2004 and has lived in Houston for thirty years.

Jenny Philip, Vice President, Public Policy

Jenny leads the work of the policy team with a goal of ensuring both meaningful member engagement and substantive committee deliberations. Jenny joined the Partnership in 2010 and previously served as director of the Research Division. She has been integral to a number of major economic development wins and is a trusted resource for many members. She has given more than two hundred presentations to Partnership member companies, economic development allies and chambers, along with national conferences and foreign trade delegations. Jenny received a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. While in D.C., she conducted policy analysis at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and she also worked at the U.S. Department of Labor on identifying labor rights issues. She serves on the board of the Collaborative for Children and is an alumna of the Center for Houston’s Future Leadership Forum. Jenny is a native Houstonian and graduated with a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chase Kronzer, Manager, Public Policy

Chase joined the Partnership’s public policy team in the fall of 2016. With a B.S. in communications and a master’s degree in public administration, Chase has worked on public policy issues at all levels of government. Prior to joining the Partnership, he held positions in foreign policy at the Cato Institute, state government policy and budgeting at the Legislative Budget Board and health care consultancy at an international health care advising and consulting firm. He currently manages a portfolio of the Partnership’s committees including the Energy Advisory Committee, Environment Advisory Committee, Health Care Advisory Committee, Transportation Advisory Committee, Infrastructure Advisory Committee, Local Relations Committee, and the Quality of Place and Flood Resiliency Task Forces.

Alex Moliski, Coordinator, Public Policy

Alex joined the Partnership's public policy team in the summer of 2016 after completing an internship with the Partnership's membership team. In his current role as public policy coordinator, Alex assists the policy team across all issue areas with communication outreach, research and various administrative tasks. Alex graduated from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science in marketing in 2016.

Sophia Guevara, Analyst, Public Policy

Sophia joined the Partnership's public policy team in the summer of 2017 after completing a one-year fellowship with the Partnership's UpSkill Houston initiative. Sophia provides analytical support to the team and manages key aspects of long-term strategic projects. Sophia graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2016.

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