The Hobby School of Public Affairs (HSPA) is supported by an advisory board of members prominent in business and civic affairs. HSPA maintains cooperative relationships with numerous entities in higher education, public service, and the private sector.
HSPA Advisory Board Bylaws
Alice Aanstoos, Chair
Senator Don Adams (retired)
Susan Backes, Susan Backes, M.D.
Laura Beckworth, Hobby Communications, Inc
Lynne Barlow Bentsen, PVCAP Advisors
Michelle Bouchard, HealthCorps
Rogene Calvert, Outreach Strategists
John Cryer III, Page Southerland Page, LLP
Charles Foster, FosterQuanLLP
Deborah Hance, BB&T
Harry Hayes, City of Houston
Bill Hobby, Hobby Communications, Inc
Paul Hobby, NRG
Powell Hutton, US Army (retired)
Beverly Kaufman, Harris County (retired)
Melissa Kean, PhD, Rice University
Stephen Klineberg, PhD, Rice University
Alison Leland, University of Houston
Kathryn McNiel, K. Chase Consulting
Catherine Clark Mosbacher, Center for Houston's Future
Mark Nitcholas, Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co.
Beth Robertson, W.E. Robertson Interests
Elaine Rogers, Rogers Moore Engineers, LLC
Graciela Saenz, Saenz & Burkhardt, PLLC
Ashley Smith, Houston Community College
Saralee Tiede, Former Director of Communications at the Wildflower Center
Keith Wade, One World Strategy
Governor Mark White, Geovox Security, Inc.
Claudia Williamson, PGAL
Governor Bill Hobby Discusses U.S. Census History and the Texas Political Atlas
Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby talks about the history of the U.S. Census, apportionment, redistricting and also explains what makes Texas an urban state and how demographics affect voting. View Governor Hobby's discussion.
Beth Robertson is president of Cockspur, Inc. (investments) and Westview Development, Inc. (Austin real estate development). Ms. Robertson served as a Director of the Board of Amegy Bank of Texas, at its inception in 1982 to 2005. She currently serves on Amegy’s Advisory Board. She chairs the Board of LSF LLC (a furniture company in S. California and Phoenix).
A Houston native and graduate of the University of Texas, Ms. Robertson serves on the boards of several local philanthropic organizations, including The Cullen Foundation, The Welch Foundation, , and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She was a member and chair of the University of Houston System Board (1991-1997, Chair 1993-1996) and she was the ‘founding’ Chair of the Cullen Trust for Health Care from 1978 to 2013. She sits The University of Texas Health Science Center Development Board, Council of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, Houston Wilderness, Harris County Healthcare Alliance Board and the Advisory Board of The James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice. She is a Senior Fellow of American Leadership Forum—Class XVII. In 2001, she was the first “class” of Center of Houston’s Future which envisions Houston’s future through scenario planning.
Ms. Robertson’s honors include being the first recipient of the YWCA Carol Sterling Masterson Woman of the Year Award (1994), the Kinkaid School Distinguished Alumna Award (1998) and the Phi Beta Kappa Outstanding Contribution to Education Award (1995). She received an Honorary Doctors in Letters from University of Houston (1998) and received the University of Houston Alumni President’s Award (2003) and the Presidential Medallion (2011). On National Philanthropy Day of 2008, she received the Outstanding Community Volunteer from the Houston chapter.