Staff & Advisors

Meet Our Team

Below are the influential individuals who accomplish the day-to-day work within the Lone Star Parity Project.

Brooke López

Features Director

Brooke López is a graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas and a third year student at UNT Dallas College of Law. In her published thesis, Brooke analyzed the gap in parity for women in politics. She ran for local office in 2015. She has a talkative cat named Severus.

Stephanie Hernandez

Research Analyst

Stephanie Hernandez is a junior at Texas Woman’s University majoring in Political Science with emphasis in legal studies. She plans to one day to become an immigration lawyer. She is an advocate for equality and getting more women into elected office.

Nibitika Khadka

Research Analyst

Nibi Khadka is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Arlington pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Political Science. In the future, she hopes to help reduce the amount of Health Disparities that are present in the US through policy.

Simran Nijjar

Research Analyst

Simran Nijjar is a junior at the University of Texas at Dallas, studying Finance with a minor in Political Science. As a former pre-med, now pre-law student, she’s passionate about the intersection between finance, healthcare, and law.

Madison Cedillo

Contributor

Madison Cedillo graduated from UT Tyler studying Political Science, Inter'l Relations, and English. She is passionate about advocating for human rights, and facilitating change within immigration law. She looks to attend law school in the near future.

Annie Counts

Contributor

Annie Counts is from Houston, Texas and is currently attending Texas A&M University School of Law. She is currently focused on tax advocacy work, providing services and education to low-income taxpayers who are in dispute with the IRS.

Hanna Guidry

Contributor

Hanna Guidry is a student at the University of Texas double majoring in Government and Sustainability Studies. She is passionate about politics and policy with plans on practicing law in the future.

Jordyn Weber

Contributor

Jordyn Weber is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Political Science and is currently a 1L at South Texas College of Law Houston. She is passionate about human rights and national security law. Her ultimate goal is to one day run for President.

Adrianna Maberry

Research Director

Adrianna Maberry is a leading demographics expert in Texas politics. Her background in geography and data science informs how she looks at every problem. She is addressing the disproportionate representation of  women through aggregating data with a localized approach. 

Ashkan Jahanshahi

Research Analyst

Ashkan Jahanshahi is a student at the University of Texas at Dallas. He plans to graduate in May 2022. He is majoring in accounting. Ashkan has a passion for history and politics.

Imma Lugtu

Research Analyst

Imma Lugtu is a graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management. She is currently pursuing her MHA and MBA at Texas Woman's University. She is passionate about affordable healthcare.

Anna Taglioli

Research Analyst

Anna Taglioli goes to Southern Methodist University, triple majoring in World Languages, Intern'l Studies, and Human Rights. As a Pre-Law Scholar, she plans to attend law school and serve those who are powerless.

Natalie Clark

Contributor

Natalie Clark is a current student at Southern Methodist University, studying political science and English. She one day hopes to go to law school and work as an immigration attorney.

Mariana Covarrubias

Contributor

Mariana Covarrubias is a student at University of Oklahoma studying International Development and Entrepreneurship. Her passions include advocating for immigration and human rights. She plans to run for office one day.

Emily Ivey Bloom

Contributor

Emily Ivey Bloom is a law student at the University of Texas. Emily wants to be a criminal public defender. When she isn't watching TikTok, she loves to read, practice yoga, volunteer at food banks, annoy her husband, and write articles about fierce Texas women shakin' shit up!

America Guillen

Intern

American Guillen is a senior at Brookhaven Early College High School in Carrolton-Farmer's Branch School District. She has plans to become a teacher one day. America aspires to help undocumented immigrants moving to the United States.

Meet Our Advisors

The Board of Advisors was created to bring together a unique group of social influencers and community leaders with the common goal of bringing parity to Texas. 

Terri Broussard Williams

Austin, Texas

Terri Broussard Williams has built her career on a solid reputation as an authentic, courageous, and impactful change agent. Throughout her journey as an award-winning non-profit executive, lobbyist, and public speaker, Terri has transformed public and community service into a professional art form, positively impacting the lives of millions of people. Terri continues to “pay it forward” with thought leadership around change as the founder of the Movement Maker platform (www.movementmakercollective.com).

Charlotte Clymer

Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Clymer is the former Press Secretary for Rapid Response at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ organization. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Law and Military Policy (CLMP), the Military and Veterans Advisory Council for Outserve-SLDN, the Advisory Council for Running Start, and the D.C. Commission for Persons with Disabilities. She is a proud military veteran and transgender woman. She is based in Washington, D.C.

Luisa del Rosal

Dallas, Texas

Luisa Del Rosal serves as the Executive Director of the Tower Center and founding Executive Director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center at SMU. She’s the youngest executive director at the university, as well as the only Hispanic to head up two centers. Luisa is a dedicated member of the Junior League of Dallas and serves on the board for Communities in Schools, Dallas Region. In 2020, she was the Republican candidate for Texas House District 114.

Taylor Foody

Austin, Texas

Taylor Foody is dedicated to connecting individuals to new ideas, networks, and capital to drive transformative social progress. Currently, she is a dual MBA/MA in Global Policy Studies student at UT Austin's McCombs School of Business and LBJ School of Public Affairs. Prior to graduate school, she served as Program Coordinator at the Annette Strauss Institute of Civic Life, a nonpartisan research unit that worked to increase civic engagement amongst college students across the state of Texas.

Caren K. Lock

Dallas, Texas

Caren K. Lock is the Regional Vice President and Associate General Counsel of TIAA. She is the incoming Board Chair of the Texas Bar College and The Dallas Assembly. In addition, she is on the Board of the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum and the President’s Advisory Board of UT Southwestern Medical Center. In 2015, Caren co-founded The Orchid Giving Circle which provides community grants to support social change and services to the North Texas Asian Community.

Estefania Mitre

El Paso, Texas

Inmigrante Afortunada. Passionate about news, activism, gender and media. Estefania Mitre is pursuing a career in Journalism and promoting inclusion in the media industry.

Logan Nevonen

Dallas, Texas

Logan Nevonen started her work at Maggie’s List, a U.S. political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of conservative women elected to federal office. Since then, she went on to serve as a Delegate to the International Congress of Parliamentary Women’s Caucuses where she helped adopt the Dublin Declaration, a global proposal for action on women in politics. Now she serves as the Director at Women Campaign and Director of Voter Engagement at Texans for Greg Abbott.

Jeanine Powell

Dallas, Texas

Jeanine Powell is currently a student in the Doctorate of Liberal Studies Program at SMU, having recently completed the second of two careers. She left a career in financial software consulting in 2004 and retired from teaching high school English at Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD in 2020. Jeanine leads the Advisory Board for AAUW's GEM (Girls Empowered by Mentoring), a program which focuses on leadership, personal branding, and networking for high school girls.

Jacqueline Prince

Dallas, Texas

Jacqueline Prince (She/Her/Hers) is the Asst. Director of Women’s & Gender Equity Programs in the Gender Center at UTD. In this role, Jacqueline works through the lens of intersectional feminism to educate, advocate, and provide programs for the UTD community. Jacqueline specializes in helping her community learn about the economic empowerment of womxn, gender and racial inequity, and how to maximize their privilege to advocate for/with others.

Veronica Ray Whitehead

Dallas, Texas

Veronica Ray Whitehead is a sexual health educator and reproductive justice & health equity advocate for women, girls, and femmes of color. She has worked in the Dallas nonprofit space ensuring all young people and their families have access to trauma-informed, medically accurate, LGBTQIA, and quality sexual health education and access to reproductive healthcare.

Want to join this team of change makers? Learn more about our opportunities here.

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