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.

Christopher Calicott
Trammell Venture Partners

Christopher is the managing director at Trammell Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on investing in highly technical seed- and early-stage startups in three core technology domains: Machine Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, and Cybersecurity. Based in Austin, he views the region as a growing global player with some competitive advantages and wants to actively support the development and positioning of our startup ecosystem globally. Christopher is keen to build meaningful relationships, to foster collaboration, and is happy to coach high-potential tech companies and co-founders. He’s also crazy about wine, food, and heritage products. Christopher received his international MBA from IE Business School in Madrid following an undergraduate program in the French language, linguistics, and business at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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.

Jeremy Drzal
Jeremy Drzal
JCO Group

Jeremy is a marketing and operations executive focused on enabling enterprise ecosystems and connected communities through mobile, wearables and Internet-of-Things. His expertise includes payment systems, customer engagement and data insights. He is Managing Partner of the global strategy consulting firm JCO Group and founder of Kaimeta, an Austin-based company focused on building community applications for enhanced member communications, networking and direct access to local businesses and events.

Brad Englert
Retired: The University of Texas

Brad is the former Chief Operating Officer for ITS and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for The University of Texas at Austin and 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.

Amanda Hodges
Amanda Hodges

Amanda is the Executive Director of Global OEM Solutions and Internet of Things Marketing at Dell. . She is responsible for development and execution of end-to-end integrated marketing campaigns. She is a leader in driving marketing transformation across Dell, shifting from traditional to digital and new media B2B marketing.
Prior to this role, Ms. Hodges was Chief of Staff for Dell’s Chief Marketing Officer and was responsible for enabling the CMO and her team to achieve business performance, brand, marketing transformation and people goals. Previously, she resided in Australia where she served as Director for Australia & New Zealand Marketing. Then she served as Worldwide Healthcare and Life Sciences Marketing Director and held several strategy and business analytics roles across Dell’s Relationship Business and for the CEO office.
Amanda joined Dell in 2005 from McKinsey & Company, where she served as an Engagement Manager focused on Healthcare and Life Sciences and Technology business segments. She also spent five years at GE Plastics, where she served in multiple roles in Operations and Technical Sales.
Amanda holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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.

Dr. Gabriel (Gabby) Silberman
Dr. Gabriel (Gabby) Silberman

Gabby is SVP and Chief Scientist at Cerebri AI, a start-up based in Austin, TX, focused on Artificial Intelligence Management solutions. Prior to this, Gabby was Executive Director of Technology Strategy and University Alliances in Dell Research. Before joining Dell in 2013, Gabby had accumulated over 30 years of academic and industrial research experience, including serving as Chief Scientist at Owl Computing Technologies, and, at CA Technologies, creating CA Labs, the research arm of the company. At IBM, he led the worldwide expansion of IBM’s Centers for Advanced Studies (CAS), and held various research and management positions at IBM Research and IBM Software Group. Currently Gabby serves on the Advisory Council for the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences of the University of Texas at Austin, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.