Jason Embry has been a professional communicator for more than 20 years. He recently served as Communications Director for Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus. In that role, he was Speaker Straus' lead spokesman, speechwriter, and strategic communications adviser, and he managed Speaker Straus’ digital presence. He also led communications and rapid-response efforts for Speaker Straus’ re-election campaigns in his legislative district, and he wrote and edited numerous pieces of direct mail and other campaign collateral.
Jason also advised members of the Texas House on communications strategy and media relations. He also oversaw all correspondence in the Speaker's office, reading thousands of letters from constituents and directing the office's response to each. As the highest-ranking communications specialist in the Texas House, he developed an extensive network of contacts among reporters and opinion leaders stationed at the Capitol and around Texas.
Before joining the Speaker's team, Jason spent 14 years as a newspaper journalist, most notably as the Capitol Bureau Chief and political columnist at the Austin American-Statesman. He covered statewide campaigns and specialized in writing about public education and state fiscal policy, and he was the Statesman’s Washington Correspondent before the newspaper closed its Washington bureau in 2008. He previously wrote for the Waco Tribune-Herald and Killeen Daily Herald.
Jason has provided political analysis on MSNBC, C-SPAN and SiriusXM, as well as numerous local news stations in Texas. He graduated with honors from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
Steve Scheibal has been solving communications problems in Austin and Central Texas for more than a decade. He specializes in crisis communications, media and messaging strategy, and alignment of a wide variety of tools and tactics to help clients achieve their goals.
He served as Director of Media Relations and Community Engagement for the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, where he directed media and community relations for the first new medical school in decades to be built on a Tier 1 research university campus. There, he served as a primary conduit between the medical school and the public, working with journalists, industry experts, and community leaders to raise awareness of the school, increase understanding of its mission, and execute communications and public relations strategies designed to help make Austin a model healthy city.
Before joining inaugural Dean Clay Johnston’s staff, Steve was Policy and Communications Director for Texas State Senator Kirk Watson. He managed external communications for the Senate Democratic Caucus leader, oversaw crisis communications, and coordinated strategy and messaging with other groups and partners. He also served (in a volunteer capacity) as communications director for the campaign to pass Proposition 1, a 2012 ballot initiative to support a UT Austin medical school and other health care initiatives in Travis County.
Steve also was a staff writer at the Austin American-Statesman for six years. There, he grew the City Hall beat into a wide-ranging platform to explore issues such as growth and development, infrastructure, demographics, the environment, and local and state politics. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1997. He is also a senior strategist for Influence Opinions, a leading digital media strategy firm based in Austin.
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