Skilled in legislative and regulatory policy, Chris Britton is the founder and chief executive officer of GovExperts. He has provided counsel on budget and policy matters across all issue areas. Chris has served as deputy chief of staff for Governor Perry, policy advisor for the Offices of Governor and Lt. Governor, and committee clerk and chief of staff for legislative offices in the Texas House of Representatives. In the private sector, Chris worked for Accenture, a Global Fortune 500 Company, with the company’s public service practice. His service included policy expertise, managing an initiative working with client legal staff to identify and resolve data sharing issues, and overseeing improvements in the processing of public assistance applications. Prior to his time with Accenture, Chris provided policy counsel to other private and public-sector clients. As part of his volunteer activities, Chris serves on the board of directors for the YMCA of Austin and the board of management for the Texas YMCA Youth and Government. He is a past chair and board member for the Austin Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Central Texas.
Last fall, we introduced the idea of a government expert council. This new “expert network” helps connect former government officials, officeholders, and public policy specialists with businesses in need of current insight on government. After much thought and research, we’re excited to announce our efforts new name – GovExperts and new website www.govexperts.com. We’re also pleased to share our new video that helps explain how GovExperts works.
Introducing the Governmental Expert Council. An “expert network” connects professionals with deep subject matter experience with businesses. Investment managers have long utilized expert networks to better understand private sector challenges to gain a competitive advantage. But could the same model work for businesses dealing with the public sector and public policy?
We’ve spent the last few months exploring the possibility of a government expert network with businesses and professionals alike. Businesses expressed interest in access to diverse subject matter experts and a reasonable “pay by the drink” fee schedule. Additionally, businesses asked for a choice of experts at the local, state, and federal level. Our prospective experts liked the idea of an invitation only professional network, setting their own rate, and having flexibility to engage both virtually and in person. Several saw membership in the network as an opportunity to complement their career and identify new consulting opportunities.
The folks we spoke to encouraged us. Their feedback demonstrated a definite need for timely insight at the local, state, and federal level on a variety of client issues.
Now, we are rolling out the GovExperts Council in a soft launch to test the concept and refine our approach. We hope you will help us with your critical feedback and thoughts for improvement. -Chris