About

Austin Tech Alliance

Our Mission

To promote civic engagement in Austin’s tech sector. We focus on:

EDUCATING

the tech grassroots on policy issues that impact them

Advocating

for using tech as a tool to help solve civic challenges

Activating

the tech community to speak up, participate, and vote

Our Vision

To make Austin a city of the future while protecting its unique culture and forging productive relationships between the tech community and policymakers.

Austin Tech Alliance is a nonpartisan 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization.

Becoming a member allows you to magnify your voice and make Austin the city of the future – while protecting the unique culture that attracted us here to begin with.

Our Core Principles

The goal of Austin Tech Alliance is to educate and activate the grassroots of Austin’s tech sector as committed, civically engaged Austinites working to promote opportunities for our entire community.  As part of that, we developed a set of core principles to align with these efforts.

ATA acknowledges civic values shared between our city’s leaders and the technology community:

Austin is a vibrant, welcoming city in which we choose to build our businesses, create strong community bonds, and raise our families.

We acknowledge the investments in human, environmental, public, and business infrastructure made to create this city we love calling home.

We seek to participate in and help realize a vision for Austin that creates a positive quality of life for all Austinites.

We believe our time, talents, and treasure can enhance Austin’s future and that entrepreneurship in all forms is an essential part of Austin’s character.

As members of Austin’s tech community, Austin Tech Alliance pledges that:

We will work with elected leaders on what they identify as the biggest challenges in their districts and the city as a whole by helping present tech-enabled solutions to those challenges.

We will push to get Austin’s tech community civically engaged and educated on issues that are important to Austin.

We will work to keep Austin a tech-forward city that attracts the most innovative people in the world.

We will promote efforts to ensure Austin’s tech community is diverse and representative of the greater Austin community.

 

Elected officials and candidates are asked whether they support the following:

Austin is a city of the future that embraces tech-based solutions to our challenges. Austin is a place to try new things and think outside of the box.

Austin’s tech sector is a vital part of our community’s economy, culture, and success.

Everyone in Austin should benefit from the job creation and educational opportunities brought by the tech sector.

It is important that the Austin tech community provides input to elected officials on relevant issues.

TechVotes Austin

Many tech employees in Texas are young, recently relocated, and not properly registered to vote. In addition, many in the tech sector are not fully informed about items that will appear before them on Election Day, particularly as it relates local- or state-specific issues. This combination contributes to Texas consistently ranking at or near the bottom in the nation in voter turnout.

Tech leaders have a unique opportunity to help address this challenge through TechVotes, a nonpartisan, Austin Tech Alliance initiative aimed at instilling a culture of civic engagement in Austin’s tech sector.

TechVotes is powered by volunteers from the tech community who are working to support the democratic process and increase participation in local, state, and national elections. We work with member companies to register their employees to vote; provide access to nonpartisan voting resources developed by TechVotes and other community partners; and make it as easy as possible for Austin’s tech sector to have its voice heard at the ballot box.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

 

Joshua Baer
Joshua Baer

Dan Graham
Dan Graham

David Edmonson
David Edmonson

Executive Director

Advisory Board

 

Ainee Athar
Ainee Athar

Tony Aguilar
Tony Aguilar

Evan Baehr
Evan Baehr

Heather Brunner
Heather Brunner

Chelsea (McCullough) Collier
Chelsea (McCullough) Collier

Erin Defossé
Erin Defossé

Hector Dominguez
Hector Dominguez

Hugh Forrest
Hugh Forrest

Gerardo Interiano
Gerardo Interiano

Bryan Jones
Bryan Jones

Josh Jones-Dilworth
Josh Jones-Dilworth

Thomas Miranda
Thomas Miranda

Tracy LaQuey Parker
Tracy LaQuey Parker

Robert Reeves
Robert Reeves

Joe Ross
Joe Ross

Kerry Rupp
Kerry Rupp

Joah Spearman
Joah Spearman

Charles Thornburgh
Charles Thornburgh

Tyson Tuttle
Tyson Tuttle