Welcome to Progress Texas
Progress Texas is a communications shop specializing in rapid response, message development and online campaigns for progressive ideals in Texas. We advocate for issues important to a growing number of people in our state – issues too often not reflected in public policy. Our work gets noticed, sends a clear and compelling message, and shapes public opinion.
Progress Texas specializes in:
- Rapid response communications
- Concise messaging that fits easily into news copy
- Creative social media campaigns to inform and empower the public
- Fact-based research and background materials
- Offering quotable experts on a variety of issues through our network of progressive organizations
- Media metrics measuring the impact of stories
We believe in the Texas spirit and the ability to make our state exceptional. Working with a coalition of progressive partners from around the state, we challenge right wing narratives that lead to bad public policy.
The Voice for a New Majority
As the fastest growing state in the nation, the face of Texas is changing. At Progress Texas, we are working to bring about a new majority in Texas, one that is responsive to core progressive issues including the Affordable Care Act, public education, worker’s rights, the Equal Pay Act, environmental protection, immigration reform, a fair judiciary, and better ethics and accountability in government.
Progress Texas is a 501(c)4 group and a proud member of the ProgressNow network.
Ed Espinoza, Executive Director
Ed joined Progress Texas in May of 2013 as Executive Director. He brings state and national credentials to the team, with experience from 51 campaigns in 14 states - including winning 7 of 8 races in Texas during the 2012 cycle.
From 2009-2011, he served as Western States Director at the Democratic National Committee. In 2008, he directed the America Votes program in Nevada, and from 1992 - 2004 worked on campaigns in his home state of California. Ed's professional background includes work for public relations firms Golin/Harris and Fleishman-Hillard, providing communications and media support to Fortune 500 brands. He has written for Politico and is a frequent guest political analyst for CNN and other broadcast outlets. In 2008, he was a Superdelegate for President Obama.
Ed went to UCLA and the London School of Economics. In his free time he likes running, traveling the US, and collecting cocktail recipe books - sometimes all at the same time. He also loves football (both kinds).
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Phillip Martin, Deputy Director
Born and raised in Austin, Phillip Martin started working in politics in 2003. Phillip went to work for State Rep. Chuck Hopson in January 2005, and was hired to be the Chief of Staff for State Representative Garnet F. Coleman in September 2006. Following the 2007 legislative session, he left Austin to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. While in graduate school, Phillip focused his studies on the interactive roles of press, politics, and communications. Phillip moved back to Austin in 2009 and went to work as Communications Specialist for the Texas Democratic Trust, assisting in communications strategy and development for statewide and local campaigns.
During the 82nd legislative session, Phillip served as Policy Director for the Texas Legislative Study Group. Phillip led a team of ten policy analysts in evaluating every bill that came to the floor of the Texas House and completing projects such as Texas on the Brink. Over the last six years, Phillip has also been a writer and contributor for the popular Texas political blog, Burnt Orange Report.
When not working, Phillip enjoys the Texas Longhorns, swimming at Barton Springs Pool, and enjoying the beers at Uncle Billy's. Last July, Phillip was married to his beautiful wife Kaiba, at Barton Springs Pool, which they promptly jumped into after the ceremony.
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Mark Corcoran, Digital Director
Mark Corcoran was born and raised in Richmond, VA and has been working in politics and with non-profits since graduating from the George Washington University in Washington, DC in 2006.
After graduating from GWU Mark moved to Panchgani, India where he worked on corporate social responsibility and business ethics issues with the non-profit Initiatives of Change. Mark returned to Washington, DC during the 2008 election cycle and worked at GMMB as an Assistant Media Buyer for the Obama Campaign, Democratic Congressional Campaign Commission and the Democratic Senate Campaign Commission.
After the 2008 cycle Mark moved to Austin with his wife Ariane (a native Texan!) and worked as the New Media Manager for the Texas Democratic Party for over 2 years. In March 2011 Mark joined Progress Texas.
When not obsessing about politics and geeky technology, Mark enjoys torturing himself as a die-hard Washington sports fan. He also loves to travel and has spent time working, volunteering and living in dozens of countries in South East Asia, South Asia and Europe.