Welcome to Progress Texas! We are a creative team of seasoned campaign and policy pros working to promote progressive ideals in our state. We stand up for the left, fight the right, and call out politicians for bad policies and bad behavior.
You might be wondering: that sounds great, but how do you do that in deep red Texas?!
Texas isn't as much a red state as it is a non-voting state (we ranked last in voter turnout in 2014). Here's what we are doing to change that:
- Media relations: We're a team of writers and researchers who develop positive messages around progressive issues. And we're all over online, print, and broadcast news media pushing those messages.
- Digital targeting: Our digital team targets our messages directly into the virtual hands of Texas voters through social media.
- Original content: We create compelling videos, graphics, and blogs to engage users across online platforms.
Working with a coalition of partners from around the state, we work on issues that are important to a growing majority of people in our state.
With your help, we can build a strong Texas that focuses on the things that unite us instead of divide us. And you can help impact change every time you share our content, sign a petition, contact a legislator, and most importantly, when you vote!
Progress Texas is a 501(c)(4) organization advocating for progressive ideals and policies while opposing bad policies and worse behavior from the right wing.
Progress Texas Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization providing research and strategic communications on issues with the ultimate goal of increasing civic engagement.
As Executive Director, Ed serves as primary spokesperson and media strategist for Progress Texas. He provides strategic communications counsel for an array of issues and campaigns, and regularly offers political analysis to local and national news broadcasts. His background includes more than 20 years of experience on 50 campaigns and serving as the Western States Director at the Democratic National Committee. He has also worked for leading PR firms providing communications support for clients such as Nintendo of America, Aston Martin Motor Cars, and the United Nations Foundation.
Originally from Long Beach, California, he went to school at UCLA and the London School of Economics. He loves football (both kinds), water sports, and a good glass of bourbon. Little known fact: as a kid, he appeared in an episode of Doogie Howser, M.D.
Sarah Gutierrez works behind the scenes to make sure the trains run on time. Sarah comes from the political operations and campaign finance world. She worked at the Texas Democratic Party for 6 years, first as the Deputy Comptroller and then as Comptroller. After leaving the TDP, Sarah focused on campaign finance reporting and operations for Texas political committees and candidates.
Sarah grew up in Colleyville, Texas and graduated from Texas Christian University. She and her husband Anthony live in south Austin.
As Advocacy Director, Sam leads our advocacy, issue management, and coalition work by uplifting the values of everyday progressive Texans. Sam has worked on shaping Texas media around immigration, workers’ rights, and elections.
Most recently, Sam worked on the campaign that passed Austin paid sick days campaign for over 200,000 Austin workers and served as the communications director for the paid sick ballot initiatives in Dallas and San Antonio. She also worked for then-State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia and the Senate Hispanic Caucus and is now working under the pink dome to make sure progressives are heard in Texas lawmaking.
Sam serves on the board of New Leaders Council Austin, an intensive six-month training institute for young progressives.
Glenn has spent the past 30 years in journalism and politics where he’s made a name for himself as a writer, campaign manager, activist, and think tank analyst. He led Ann Richards’ successful 1990 campaign for Governor of Texas. He worked for former Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen.
Go read Glenn's weekly columns in the Texas Tribune and Austin American-Statesman. You won't regret it.
Yunuen handles the graphics creation as the in-house designer. A recent graphic design graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, she enjoys all things creative, from design to photography and illustration.
Though she’s hopped around from place to place, she’s fallen in love with the city of Austin. Her cat, Remy, is one of her biggest sources of inspiration, as well as being out and about in nature hikes.
Wesley is our long-time intern who joined the team in February 2018. As our Legislative Fellow, he focuses on communicating progressive ideals to lawmakers, keeping up with Texas lege shenanigans, supporting our progressive issue silos, and any other projects we throw at him.
Before Progress Texas, Wesley interned at Deeds Not Words and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid where his passion for advocacy and justice grew. He believes it is important to amplify the voices of young progressives across the state, as we’re slowly becoming the new majority.
Wesley was born and raised in Dallas, Texas before moving to Austin for college. Currently a senior, he studies journalism and public relations at the University of Texas at Austin and works as an RA in the residence halls on campus. Wesley is also a Senior Fellow in his college's honors program.
Tara joined the team as our communications associate in September 2018. She focuses on media relations, content creation and social media management.
Before Progress Texas, Tara worked as a digital journalist for local Texas newspapers. She’s excited to join the activist world as a young progressive!
Tara is passionate about empowering womxn and supporting reproductive rights. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, she graduated from Texas State University in May 2016 with a bachelor's degree in electronic media.
Charlie Bonner is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he majored in government and Plan II Honors. His thesis, "A Republic If You Can Jeep It," received wide acclaim after he drove 10,000 miles across the country to interview strangers about democracy.
Charlie is passionate about empowering young people in politics and reducing barriers to civic engagement. An alumnus of the Archer Fellowship, Charlie has served in a variety of spaces from campaigns, to nonprofits, to the NASA Headquarters. He acted as Communications Director for State Representative Nicole Collier before working as the Communications Director at the Texas League of Conservation Voters. More importantly, Charlie loves brisket, Beyoncé, and ballots.