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Saturday, September 24 • 9:50am - 10:50am
The Agency Agenda

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Moderators
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Ross Ramsey (mod.)

Executive Editor at The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly, as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald and as a radio reporter in Dallas and Denton. He also served as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications at the state comptroller’s office.

Speakers
avatar for James Bass

James Bass

Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation
Bass has served as executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation since January. Previously, he held numerous roles at TxDOT including chief financial officer, finance division director, budget analyst in the Budget and Forecasting Section and accounting clerk in the Finance Division’s Revenue Accounting Section. Bass began his career at TxDOT in 1985.
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Mike Morath

Texas Education Commissioner
Morath was appointed commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott and began serving in January. He heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than five million Texas students. Morath has served on the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees and as chairman of Morath Investments, managing a small portfolio of investments.
avatar for Raymund Paredes

Raymund Paredes

Texas Higher Education Commissioner
Paredes was appointed commissioner by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2004. He was formerly a member of the national board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and previously served as the vice chancellor for academic development at the University of California, Los Angeles. Paredes also served as vice president for programs at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
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Charles Smith

Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Smith began his role as executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission in June. Previously, he served as deputy for child support in then-Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office. Smith began his career as a volunteer in the attorney general’s office’s child support division in 1988.


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:50am - 10:50am
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 West 21st Street, Austin, TX 78712