Webcast: Making a Difference through Public Service

REPLAY Video of the webcast of the Hatton W. Sumners 2016 Careers in Politics Conference at the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Public Policy Southwest Room, Durango Building on March 5, 2016.

The event, presented by the University of Texas at Austin's Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, focused on Collaboration and Impact: Making a Difference through Public Service.

Thanks to the underwriting support of UT's Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, anyone can watch the conference live or replay the videos later right here on this page.


9:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.  Welcome

Susan Nold, Director, The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life;  President Dr. Ricardo Romo, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Special Video Message from U.S. Senator John Cornyn; H. Drew Galloway, New Politics Forum Program Coordinator, The Annette  Strauss Institute for Civic Life

9:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.  State and Local Policymaking: Civic Engagement in the 21st Century

Panelists: Former Texas State Representative Mike Villarreal and San Antonio Councilman Rey Saldaña

Moderator: Francine Romero, Ph.D., Associate Dean, UTSA


10:55 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. The World of Political Communications

Panelists: James Aldrete, President and Creative Director, Messaging Audience & Presentation;  Dr. Laura Barberena, Owner and Consultant, VIVA Politics; Sherry Sylvester, Political Consultant, Texans for Lawsuit Reform

Moderator: Dr. Bryan Gervais, Political Science Professor, UTSA


12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch

12:50 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Remarks

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, Dean, The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Public Policy

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Innovating your Career: Paths to Service in Civic Life

Panelists: Dya Campos, Director of Governmental and Public Affairs, H-E-B; Kathy Garcia, Director of State and Federal Relations, CPS Energy; Brian Halderman, Director, UTSA Center for Civic Engagement

Moderator: Patricia Jaramillo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UTSA


2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. We Did it, So Can You! Young Political Professionals Making an Impact

Panelists: Hannah Beck, Co-Founder and Executive Director, MOVE San Antonio;
Maya Garcia, President, UT Austin Moody College of Communications Communication Council; T.J. Mayes, Chief of Staff, San Antonio City Council District 8; Antonia Okafor, Southwest Regional Director, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus

Moderator: Dr. Mary Dixson, Interim Dean of Libraries, UTSA

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks