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Friday, September 27 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Building for the Future

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We've crunched the data. We know the challenges and opportunities. We see a strong, vibrant Texas off in the distance. How do we get from here to there?

Presented by Ascension Seton and Raise Your Hand Texas. Supported by Oncor and Texas Charter Schools Association.

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Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously, he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. Smith also hosts “Overheard with Evan Smith,” airing on PBS stations nationally.

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Chuy Hinojosa

State Senator
Hinojosa, D-McAllen, has represented Senate District 20 since 2003. He serves as vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee and sits on the Agriculture, Natural Resources & Economic Development, Property Tax and Transportation committees. Previously, Hinojosa served in the Texas House... Read More →
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Donna Howard

State Representative
Howard, D-Austin, has represented House District 48 since 2007. She serves as vice chair of the House Administration Committee and sits on the Appropriations and Higher Education committees. Howard is a former president of the Texas Nurses Association and previously worked as a critical... Read More →
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Tom Luce

Founder and Chairman of Texas 2036
Luce founded Texas 2036, a public policy nonprofit that conducts research for policymakers to make informed decisions about the state’s future, in 2016. Previously, he served as assistant secretary of education under former President George W. Bush and as chief justice of the Texas... Read More →
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John Zerwas

State Representative
Zerwas, R-Richmond, has represented House District 28 since 2007. He serves as chair of the House Appropriations Committee and is a member of the Legislative Budget Board. Zerwas is an anesthesiologist and previously served as president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists... Read More →

Friday September 27, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
St. David's Episcopal Church, Crail Hall