Stacy Hock, Chair
Stacy Hock is a philanthropist, public policy activist, and business owner. She serves as Chair of the Board of Texans for Education Opportunity, President of Texans First, and on the boards of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Aminex Therapeutics, theBlanton Museum of Art, and the African Dream Initiative. Ms. Hock is a gubernatorial appointee, serving as Vice Chair of the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessment and Accountability, serves on Lt. Governor Patrick’sEducation Advisory Council, and on TEA Commissioner Morath’s Philanthropic Council.
Previously, Ms. Hock served on the boards of City Harvest and The Bowery Mission in New York City. Also, Ms. Hock held senior management positions in the software industry, including running IBM’s WebSphere Software Services business for the Wall Street territory.
Stacy and her husband, Joel, have been married for fourteen years, have four boys, and reside in Austin, TX. Stacy is a 6th generation Texan.
The Honorable Phil Gramm
Senator Gramm is an economist and politician. He serves on the Board of Texans for Education Opportunity and is Vice Chairman of Lone Star Global Acquisitions. He previously served as Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank and founded his own public policy firm, Gramm Partners.
Senator Gramm served six years in the US House and eighteen years in the US Senate. His legislative record includes landmark bills like the Gramm-Latta Budget, which reduced federal spending, rebuilt national defense and mandated the Reagan tax cut, as well as the Gramm-Rudman Act, which placed the first binding constraints on federal spending. As Chairman of the Banking Committee, Senator Gramm steered through legislation modernizing banking, insurance and securities law, which had been languishing in Congress for 60 years.
Phil Gramm holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in economics, the subject he taught at Texas A&M University for 12 years. He has published numerous articles and books on subjects ranging from monetary theory and policy to private property and the economics of mineral extraction.
He is married to Dr. Wendy Lee Gramm, former Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commissionunder Presidents Reagan and Bush. They have two sons, Marshall and Jeff, and five grandchildren, Caroline, Will, Joshua, Gilbert and Benjamin.
Doug has been the President of Deason Capital Services, LLC (DCS), the Deason family office, since joining the firm in 2009. DCS has an AUM of approximately $1.5 Billion, and manages a diversified portfolio of public and private assets including a large portfolio of public equity and debt securities (including a significant holding in Xerox Corporation) and hedge funds, and private equity and real estate holdings that includes direct and fund based holdings in private equity, private debt, oil and gas, real estate and other assets. DCS private assets include a majority holding in FUNimation Entertainment and 1200 Media, a producer and distributor of anime content; a substantial holding in Park Cities Financial Group, Inc. (the owner of Dallas Capital Bank), and large holdings in Foreland Resources, LLC, an oil and gas operating company, and Ryan, LLC, one of the largest tax consulting firms in the world.
Prior to joining DCS, Doug was CEO of Precept Builders, Inc., a nationwide commercial builder, from 1993 to 2009 and co-managing partner of Evergreen Realty Partners, a commercial and multifamily development company based in Dallas. He also previously served as CEO of Precept Business Services, a NASDAQ listed services firm. He currently serves on the board of directors of FUNimation and 1200 Media Group, Foreland Resources, Deason Capital Services, Intrexon Energy Partners, Ryan LLC, ID Life, Park Cities Financial Group (parent of Dallas Capital Bank), and DCS Finance. In addition, Doug serves on the Advisory Board of Valesco Industries; a Dallas based private equity fund, the Executive Board of The School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University (SMU), the Advisory Board of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and is Chairman of the Advisory Board of The Institute for Cyber Security at SMU.
Over his career, in addition to those noted above, Doug has served on numerous boards including both private and public companies as well as charitable organizations and private schools. He has served on the finance committee of the Dallas County Republican Party for four years, and on the Executive Committee and as Membership Chair for the West Texas Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Doug is an outspoken advocate for Criminal Justice Reform in Texas and in Washington DC, and was responsible for groundbreaking legislation being passed in support of reform in Texas in 2015. Doug holds a degree in Data Processing Quantitative Analysis (Computer Science) from the University of Arkansas earned in 1984.
Amanda Covo, Organization Director
Amanda Covo is Texans for Education Opportunity’s organization director. She also serves as executive director of Texans First, a network of philanthropic angel investors promoting freedom and opportunity.
She is a graduate of the Koch Institute’s Associate Program, a one-year nonprofit management school, in Washington, D.C., where she was also part of the founding staff of Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit aimed at educating and engaging Millennials in the political process.
A native Austinite, Amanda graduated from Texas State University, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of The University Star, then ranked third best college newspaper in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists. Amanda has served as a fellow at the business advisory firm, Public Strategies, Inc., and interned at the Austin American-Statesman and the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Julia Moore, Outreach Manager
Julia Moore is a public policy activist and serves as the Outreach Manager for Texans for Education Opportunity. Previously, Ms. Moore worked in the Health Care Policy Center at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and assisted in the office of Representative Debbie Riddle during the 84th Legislative Session.
Ms. Moore serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the BP MS 150, a large fundraiser produced by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to fund research for a cure to MS. She also stays involved with a local non-profit from her hometown dedicated to anti-bullying efforts, The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place.
Julia Moore graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a degree in Political Communication and a certificate in Ethics and Leadership in Law, Politics, and Government