Here are the bios for some of the citizen reporters who will be blogging about the public discussions taking place at the LBJ Library and Carver Library in Austin, TX.
Mike Aaron has worked for Texas government (House of Representatives; Office of Attorney General), currently works in a for-profit renewable energy consulting firm (Virtus Energy), but considers himself a non-profit kind of guy, preferring to work for social justice. When he’s not working on his computer, he’s tromping around in the muddy pit of democracy and figuring out how to get a dialogue-based job.
Rod Reyna is an active member of the Texas Forums Moderator Team and has organized forums on Democracy’s Challenge and framed an issue for citizens in Pflugerville to deliberate gambling. He is on the Board of Envision Central Texas and the Former Chair, Pflugerville Council of Neighborhood Associations. Rod also serves as the Precinct Chair/Campaign/Community Volunteer. Rod will be blogging from the LBJ Library.
Also blogging from the LBJ Library is Rod Amis. Rod is a freelance journalist whose work appears at LeverageSocialMedia.com, Newsforge.com, Slashdot.org, ITManagersJournal.com, G21.net and other online publications. While primarily writing about technology issues, he has print and online experience in political and social commentary. Rod is African-American and proudly the son of an immigrant. He has been lauded as one of the top ten Internet journalists to read by About.com and written for publications in North America, Europe and Africa during his career.
A self-described social activist, Ann Stafford works in community affairs in the high tech industry. She serves on the boards of Hands on Central Texas, the Community Action Network, Envision Central Texas, RSVP of Travis County, and the community advisory board of United Way Capital Area. Ann is an alum of Leadership Austin and volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels, and was instrumental in the formation of the Austin Public Library Foundation. She and husband Benard have two smart, responsible and caring daughters who vote.