Sarah Matz is a highly skilled and knowledgeable public policy professional with almost 20 years of experience in team leading, public relations, and federal and state policy. Sarah has managed government affairs for large trade associations, provided policy analysis for both state and federal agencies, and worked as a congressional policy advisor. Sarah has a Master of Arts, Communication
& Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in public administration from West Texas A&M University. A Class of 2013 Leadership Austin Emerge graduate, Sarah is involved in a number of community service organizations including the Junior League of Austin, Travis County Court Appointed Special Advocates, Zach Theatre Act One Steering Committee, MassChallenge Texas Advisory Board, UTeach Advisory Board, Southwestern Donkey and Mule Society, and CS4TX Steering Committee.
Tiffiny Britton | Director
Tiffiny Britton has more than 23 years of experience working in the political arena at the state and federal levels. She spent eight years working in the Texas Legislature as a staffer in both the Texas House and Senate, serving as chief of staff for Senator Steve Ogden and director of the Senate Infrastructure Development and Security Committee. She’s worked on numerous campaigns at both the state and federal level where she gained expertise in grassroots development and fundraising. Working for a national public relations firm, Tiffiny honed her grassroots skills planning events and publicity for private sector entities and statewide associations. More recently, she represented the Texas A&M Engineering program as the assistant vice chancellor for government relations. With more than 12 years of experience as a lobbyist on issues in the areas of transportation, homeland security, technology, energy, public education and healthcare, Tiffiny is a seasoned expert in public policy and the legislative process. Tiffiny is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University and a graduate of Leadership Texas, a past member of the Texas State Agency Council, and a member and volunteer in numerous community organizations in Austin.
Wayne Hamilton | Director
Wayne Hamilton is a past executive director of the Republican Party of Texas – the longest serving executive director in Texas history. During his tenure as executive director of the Texas GOP, Texas Republicans gained 623 elected offices, including control of every statewide office and the first Republican state house majority in 130 years. Hamilton has served as the executive director of the Texas Inaugural Committee in 2003 and 2007-2011, as the national political director for 2012, Rick Perry for President. As part of his political consulting services, Hamilton has assisted the campaigns of dozens of elected leaders across Texas at the local, county, state and federal level including those of Congressman Joe Barton, State Senator Kelly Hancock, Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus, and many others. In 2014 Hamilton was campaign manager for the successful 2014 gubernatorial campaign of Texas Governor Greg Abbott winning the statewide election by over 20 points. Following that election, he again served as the leadership of the 2015 Inaugural Committee.
Chris Britton | Founder and Chief Executive Officer
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.