We are a team of experienced and creative professionals dedicated to inspiring and engaging our clients. Our work with public and private sector organizations focuses on solutions that unlock the full potential of their local economy and the people they serve. We believe the most successful and sustainable strategies build pathways and create economic opportunity across a broad spectrum of skills and wealth. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central propositions in our client relationships, in our planning process, and in our firm. We value team members who remain curious about the world around them and who seek to make a difference through their work.
In the Field
TIP’s Leadership team brings a practitioner’s perspective to our work. Each principal has direct experience managing economic development efforts at the state or major metropolitan area level. They have served as trusted advisors to governors, state and local officials, and private sector executives. A senior member of the firm is involved in every client engagement.
Our Engagement Management team is committed to getting it right. This group of highly motivated and experienced consultants helps translate TIP’s mission to inspire and engage our clients and communities into action. Our goal for each engagement is to deliver a product that meets—and exceeds—our client’s expectations.
The Relationship & Outreach team helps keep TIP in touch with current and potential clients by managing our participation in events, conducting marketing and social media campaigns, and responding to proposals and business opportunities. Creating and maintaining connections with our client and partner network is an essential part of our business model.
The Research & Development team combines a suite of analytical tools and innovative techniques to provide the data our clients need for decision-making. Our researchers have a practical understanding of which data is most useful, who the audience is, and how to best present the information. Our analysts also create in-house, interactive tools to shed light on key issues.
Brent earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Texas at Austin. He's spent more than 25 years working as a metropolitan analyst before joining TIP. When not at work, Brent is either digging in his garden or in the shelves of his local library.
Evan is a native Austinite with bachelor's degrees in economics, psychology, and mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, he has completed certificates in applied statistical modeling, computer science, and business. Before joining TIP, he researched entrepreneurship, high-tech economies, and labor market polarization at UT's IC² Institute. Outside of work, Evan enjoys exploring Austin's outdoor spaces, eateries, and unwinding at home.
Colton holds a bachelor's degree in environmental science and policy from St. Edward’s University. Before joining TIP, he worked with the Texas Water Development Board on the 2022 Texas State Water plan and researched green infrastructure at St. Edward’s school of business. Colton specializes in sustainable development analysis and data manipulation. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking and crosswords.
The Production team is responsible for the look and feel of our deliverables and presentations. This team combines high-impact graphic design expertise with a deep commitment to clearly stated, user-friendly language to make sure we leave an impression through our printed and visual materials.
A native of upstate New York, Karen holds degrees in sociology and urban planning. She spent over a decade in survey research and state government before joining TIP in 2000. Although she spends her free time on the coasts of Texas and Maine, she insists she's not really a beach person.
Meredith studied photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and later the University of North Texas, graduating with honors. With over 20 years of experience, she oversees TIP’s graphic design and brings a passion for creating beauty in all of her work. Outside TIP, Meredith gardens and pursues diverse creative hobbies.
Tina studied graphic design and photography at the University of North Texas and has worked as a web developer and graphic designer in Austin for over 20 years, focusing on solving accessibility issues in design. Tina enjoys running sound and lights for live theater, photography, and exploring all things that keep Austin weird.
Joni earned degrees in nursing, religion, and liberal arts, providing her a wealth of knowledge in various areas. Her editing experience spans more than thirty years and includes publishing houses, adult educational curriculum, businesses, and self-published authors. When not editing from her home in Missouri, she enjoys traveling (especially cruises).
Our Operations department keeps the trains running on time. From maintaining our vendor relationships to keeping our offices functioning and ensuring our travel plans go off without a hitch, this team plays a vital behind-the-scenes role in our success.
Tristin studied accounting and international business at Washington University in St. Louis. She gained over a decade of accounting experience in healthcare and manufacturing before landing at TIP in 2018. Some of her favorite things are chocolate, a zero-discrepancy bank reconciliation, and all travel receipts accounted for.