Below are the individuals who lead the Lone Star Parity Project, bringing the stories of women across Texas to life. These are the change-makers who transform this dream into a reality.
Founder & Executive Director
Brooke López is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas and an incoming student at the UNT Dallas College of Law. In her published thesis "Women in Government: A comparison of Statewide and Local Candidacy", Brooke analyzed the gap in parity for women in politics versus their male counterparts.
Founder & Research Director
Adrianna's interests lie in breaking down barriers for those who are unable to participate easily in our entrenched political systems. She is continually looking for ways to incorporate her two passions, data and politics and has explored this intersection through her master’s program at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Mia is a graduate from the University of North Texas, who studied Political Science with a minor in Spanish. She enjoys working on campaigns and serves on IGNITE's National Communications Advisory Council, a national organization encouraging women to run for office .
Contributors & Staff
Below are the influential individuals who accomplish the day-to-day work within the Lone Star Parity Project. These are the folks out in the field, interviewing, and gathering important stories.
Olivia Kale is a junior at Texas A&M studying Urban & Regional Planning. She is a founding member and current chief student leader of a special interest group for high speed rail, a lead intern on a U.S. Senate campaign, and has led group projects focused on community development in urban planning.
Contributor - North Texas
Kaitlin Briggs graduated from Texas Woman's University in Denton with a B.S. in Government and English and will be joining the Penn State Law Class of 2022. Her passions include legislative policymaking, centering on women's healthcare access and criminal justice reform.
Jaycee Jones is a student at Texas A&M University, majoring in Political Science while also working on a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Service. She is interested in becoming an education or health care policy analyst to study and develop ways to ensure that those who are underprivileged have a chance to succeed.
Contributor - Fort Worth
Annie Counts, a Houston native, is a graduate from Texas A&M University where she studied communication and sociology. She now attends Texas A&M University's School of Law, where she plans to act on her passion for advocating for marginalized communities in Texas.
Anna Taglioli is a sophomore at Southern Methodist University, triple majoring in World Languages (Chinese and Italian), International Studies, and Human Rights with a focus in public policy. As a Pre-Law Scholar at SMU, she hopes to attend law school and become an advocate for those who are powerless and disadvantaged.
Contributor - North TexAS
Katie is a soon-to-be graduate of UT Tyler majoring in Political Science. As founder and president of PERIOD at UT Tyler and proudly queer, Katie is passionate about women's issues and LGBTQ rights and equality. She hopes to promote such rights in her future career as a litigator and legislator.
Kristin Teplansky is a PhD student at University of Texas at Dallas studying communication science and disorders. She is interested in utilizing data analytic skills within the discipline of political science. She hopes to inspire female scientists to become more politically active.
Contributor - East Texas
Emily Ivey is a graduate of UT Tyler and current student at University of Texas Law School (hook 'em!). Class and racial reconciliation in her community is important to her, and she hopes to disrupt such disparities by improving affordable housing and other urban developments.
Contributor - East Texas
Jaimeleigh Winters is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She is currently completing her Masters in Social Work, and plans to act on her passion for reducing recidivism rates in our homeless community.
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