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Chuck Smith Chief Executive Officer • Email An Austin native, Chuck earned a BBA degree in accounting from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Chuck joined the staff on a full-time basis in December, 2003, was named Deputy Executive Director in 2005, Interim Executive Director in 2010 and 2012, Executive Director in November, 2012, and CEO in January, 2016. Prior to his work with Equality Texas, he was portfolio manager for an institutional investment advisory firm in Dallas. Chuck shares his home with two Great Danes, Mac and Honey.
Collin Acock Chief Development Officer • Email Collin is the former Director of Development of the Texas State Historical Association where, under his leadership, he built strong inter-departmental relationships to better utilize TSHA’s scholarly resources and increase contributions. Prior to TSHA, he was the Development Director for the Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin. His professional and community activities include, among many others, serving on both Membership and Outreach Committees for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Austin.
DeAnne Cuellar Communications Coordinator • Email DeAnne is a communications strategist from San Antonio, and a co-founder of the Media Justice League advocating media justice and digital inclusion for historically underrepresented communities. She actively organized within the independent music & media community for several years, challenging racist, sexist, homophobic, and classist representations of San Antonians. She blogs about music, media, & technology on and is a freelance photographer published in the Huffington Post & Bustle. The San Antonio Current named DeAnne as the Best Community Activist for 2016.
Brad O’Furey Government Relations Manager • Email Brad is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. I am a son, brother, husband, uncle and advocate for equality. I fight everyday to give a voice to the voiceless and to make sure all Texans are treated equally regardless of who they are or whom they love. Embracing our differences is key to true equality.
Robert Salcido Statewide Field Coordinator • Email Robert is committed to civic engagement and is active in various capacities in the LGBT community. He’s been involved with Pride Center San Antonio since 2011 and was elected as the board chair in May 2015. He is a founding member and current president of Orgullo de San Antonio LGBT League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 22198, where he works to build bridges between the LGBT & Latino communities. Robert was awarded the statewide 2016 Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers of Texas. Raised in Amarillo, San Antonio has been his home since 2001.
Lou Weaver Transgender Programs Coordinator • Email Lou is a queer transgender man and a leader in Houston’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Lou works on elevating the voices of transgender Texans, including the Texas TransVisible Project public education campaign. Trans healthcare is a key component of his advocacy portfolio, as is providing guidance to local law enforcement offices. He shares his home a mouthy 13-year-old cat Cosmo.