In the Field

Mishka Parkins

Mishka has over 10 years of experience managing economic development technical assistance and research projects for regions, counties, and municipalities as well as facilitating peer learning opportunities. She has led engagements with economic development practitioners, consultants, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders in support of economic recovery projects. Prior to …

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Victoria Wilson

Victoria has over 10 years of experience applying her knowledge of data, analysis, and community engagement toward research and consulting projects. Through this work she has collaborated closely with community leaders and industry experts to develop and execute successful strategies to advance their policy goals. At TIP she has managed …

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Katrina Parkey, CWDP

A native Texan, Katrina earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas. Before joining TIP, she worked in municipal and state government. Outside of work, Katrina enjoys reading, cross stitching, and being outdoors.

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Alexis Angelo

Alexis received her Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining TIP, she worked in recovery and resiliency at the EDA, as well as workforce development in the non-profit sector. Alexis enjoys hiking and exploring new food in Austin.

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Rachel Wise

Rachel earned a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Appalachian literature and culture. Before joining TIP, she successfully wrote academic fellowship proposals and nonprofit grants. Rachel enjoys writing in her spare time (she’s a published poet and essayist!) and relaxing with her family.

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John Karras

A Greek-American whose first language is Spanish, John studied geography before earning a master’s degree in urban planning. He returned for a second tour at TIP in 2019, following a run as VP, Strategic Accounts at Atlas Integrated. In his spare time, you’ll most likely find John online at

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Luke Shuffield

Luke received a bachelor of arts in political science with a specialization in markets and management from Duke University. He worked in the tech industry for several years, then wrote curricula for a small business scaling education platform. In his free time, he enjoys reading, lifting weights, and practicing guitar.

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Jenn Todd-Goynes

Jenn, a Texas transplant via Georgia, Philly, and DC, studied urban planning at the University of Texas. Before joining TIP, Jenn was a principal planner during the City of Austin’s effort to revise its land development code. When she’s not working, Jenn enjoys watching live music and spending time outdoors.

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Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth received a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, where she studied environmental and land use policy. Before joining TIP, she directed business development at the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC). Elizabeth stays active in the Upper Peninsula, and enjoys volunteering for a variety of community organizations.

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Alex Cooke

Alex holds a master’s degree in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. One of TIP’s original employees, Alex has deep experience managing organizational, regional, and statewide planning efforts all over the country. He closely follows the aerospace and defense sector and enjoys watching SpaceX rocket launches online.

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