The Austin Forum Technology Impact Advisory Board provides guidance and support in the areas of impact, development, community relations, and programming of future topics and speakers. Their participation helps increase the influence and impact of the Austin Forum for the whole community.

The Impact Board meets 8-10 times a year and is comprised of voluntary members of sponsor organizations and at-large community leaders in technology, business, government, and education. The Impact Board provides guidance and support in the areas of impact, development, community relations, and programming.


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Barbary Brunner
Austin Technology Council

Barbary is the CEO of the Austin Technology Council (ATC) and is responsible for setting ATC’s long-term strategy, as well as managing the organization’s day-to-day operations and achievements. Barbary brings to ATC her passion for technology and more than 20 years of experience as an executive at global technology leaders–Experian, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Vivendi Universal—and in her consulting business which provided strategy, brand and organizational solutions to small and mid-sized companies. Barbary is an advisor and board member to, and investor in, a number of early stage companies, is a past mentor of the Founder Institute’s global accelerator program and prior to her years in high tech, worked with nonprofits and civic organizations as a board member, committee chair and lobbyist.

Kirk Cesari
Cesari & Reed, LP

Kirk A. Cesari is a partner admitted to practice in Texas, Minnesota, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Kirk has a background in electrical engineering.

Chelsea Collier
Chelsea Collier

Chelsea fosters collaboration between the public and private sectors to solve civic challenges, leveraging her experience in tech, policy, social impact, civic engagement and entrepreneurship. Chelsea is the Founder of Digi.City, Editor-At-Large for Smart City Connect, Senior Advisor for Texans for Economic Progress, and Co-Founder of Impact Hub Austin, one of 84 community spaces around the world committed to social and civic good. She provides consulting services through her firm, Intercambio Group. Chelsea is a Zhi-Xing Eisenhower Fellow (2016) and is a contributor to where she writes about innovation and smart cities.

Rhonda Dirvin

Rhonda was appointed director of Internet of Things (IoT) verticals at ARM in November 2015. Since joining ARM in 2011, she has worked in several marketing and strategic roles, including digital marketing and alliances. She now drives ARM’s marketing strategy through the lens of IoT vertical markets and is a Founding Board member of the OpenFog Consortium.
 Rhonda is an experienced electronics-industry veteran, who began her career with Motorola Semiconductor, where she worked for 17 years. She started in the nascent data communications business where she took on increasing responsibility as it grew into a multi-billion dollar business. She moved on to roles in sales, wireless marketing, and operations with P&L responsibility.
 She holds a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

Brad Englert
Brad Englert Advisory

Brad is the owner of Brad Englert Advisory and the former Chief Operating Officer for ITS and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for The University of Texas at Austin. He has spent much of his professional life working in and assisting institutions of higher education. During his twenty-two year career with a global management consulting and technology services company, he served in a variety of IT leadership and operational roles for large, complex, and diverse institutions of higher education and state government. When Brad retired as a senior partner in 2006, he had a proven track record in IT operations, large scale information systems implementations, and strategic IT planning for a number of major institutions of higher education. Brad has held various IT leadership positions at Ohio State University, University of Illinois, Texas A&M University System, and UT System and has worked extensively with a number of Texas state government clients.

Hugh Forrest

Hugh serves as Chief of Programming for the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. This event brings more than 25,000 digital creatives from across the United States and around the world to Austin for five days of panels, brainstorming, networking, deal-making and fun. Forrest graduated from Austin High School in 1980, and then majored in English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Before joining the SXSW team, he founded a small alternative publication called The Austin Challenger.

Sherri Greenberg
The University of Texas

Sherri is a lecturer in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Fellow of the Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government. Her current teaching and research interests include: public finance and budgeting; public procurement and contracting; public pensions; online governance, transparency and civic engagement; campaigns and elections, state and local government; education and housing. Greenberg served for 10 years as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, completing her final term in January 2001. Previously, Greenberg served as the Manager of Capital Finance for the City of Austin from 1985 to 1989, overseeing the City’s debt management, capital budgeting, and capital improvement programs. Prior to that she was a Public Finance Officer at Standard & Poor’s Corporation in New York, where she analyzed and assigned bond ratings to public projects across the country.
Sherri received an M.Sc. in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Robert Hormuth
Robert Hormuth
Dell EMC

Robert is Vice President/Fellow and CTO of Dell EMC Server Solutions Group. Robert has 29 years in the computer industry. Robert joined Dell in 2007 after 8 years with Intel and 11 years at National Instruments.
Robert and his team focus on future server architectures and technology, working across Dell EMC business units, product planning and advanced engineering to drive future technology intercepts onto the server portfolio.
He volunteers his time in the tech community by serving on the University of Texas Computer Science Advisory Council and participating as an industry judge for senior design projects at Texas A&M and Texas State University Electrical Engineering Departments.
Robert has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and currently holds 16 patents.

Harold Ingersoll
Atchley & Associates

Harold is a partner at Atchley & Associates, LLP. Harold has more than 30 years of leadership experience in consulting, public accounting and the U.S. Air Force. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Texas State University.
Prior to becoming a partner at Atchley & Associates, LLP in 2005, Harold managed his own accounting practice and later merging with Faske Lay & Co., LLP as a partner. Harold is retired from the Air Force and the Air Force Reserves.
Harold centralizes his practice in mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, litigation support, expert witness consulting and forensic accounting. He has extensive expertise in these practice areas in addition to succession planning, taxation, attestation, and general business consulting. As the managing partner of the consulting services group, he has the ability to evaluate and explain complex business transactions as well as see them through to success.

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Mitch Jacobson
Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)

Mitch has been a leader in bringing together government, industry, academia, utility and community interests to organize and shape a Clean Technology and Clean Energy Cluster in Central Texas. He is the Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2009 he has served as the lead advisor to Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)’s clean energy companies. Mitch serves on the Board of CleanTX, The Nature Conservancy, The Environmental Sciences Institute at UT Austin, The Texas Foundation of Innovation & Commercialization and Advisory Boards of SXSW Eco and The Austin Young Chamber. Prior to diving into the Clean Energy World, Mitch was in the Computer / IT industry for 25 years. He founded the Eyes of Texas Partners angel investment group, was the VP of Sales for Tech Data Corporation and Director of Sales, European Expansion and ROW Expansion for Dell for many years. He lives in Austin with his wife Janna, daughters Sheila and Hailey and son Jarrod.

Clemens Ott

Clemens is a civil engineer and a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. He began his career in document imaging in the 80’s and was daydreaming during a Fortran 77 course at St. Edwards University about programming by flowcharting. He realized this dream with his custom online software platform, IXP. Now, he is works with companies and governmental entities that are interested in an inclusive approach to software integration in daily business.

Karl Popham
Austin Energy

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Karl is the Manager of Emerging Technologies & Electric Vehicles at Austin Energy, the 3rd largest municipally-owned electric utility in the nation. He is also a U.S. Department of Energy Principal Investigator for several projects that address smart-grid innovation, renewable energy, energy storage, and sustainable transportation. Earlier roles at the utility include interim Chief Information Officer and Division Manager of the Program Management Office. Prior to Austin Energy, Karl was an Outsourcing Executive with Hewlett-Packard Services, a Director with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and a Captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Karl graduated from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business.