Elizabeth Casas, Chief of Academic & School Leadership
Elizabeth Casas leads the district’s Academic Office and the Office of School Leadership, overseeing student programs and academics. The office includes Special Education and Multilingual Education, Health Services, Academics and Performing Arts.
Casas has more than 24 years of experience as an educator and administrator. She began her career at Dallas ISD as a bilingual teacher, and earned the Teacher of the Year Award. She held several leadership roles in Dallas, including assistant principal, principal, executive director and assistant superintendent.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas and holds a Masters of Education Administration degree from the University of North Texas.
Toni Córdova, Chief of Staff
Toni Córdova works behind the scenes to solve problems, mediate disputes and handle issues before they are brought to the superintendent.
Córdova oversees the Office of Innovation and Development and the Department of Student Enrollment and Advocacy.
She has more than 15 years’ experience in education, with a large part of her career supporting executive leadership. She most recently served as chief of communications at the second-largest school district in Texas, Dallas ISD.
Cordova has worked for several school districts including Albuquerque Public Schools, NM, as the chief of staff; chief strategy officer at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, CA; and chief of staffs at Socorro ISD, El Paso, and at Tucson Unified School District, AZ.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Stephanie Hawley, Equity Officer
Dr. Hawley is Austin ISD’s first equity officer. The office was established in 2019 to ensure children receive what they need to develop to their full academic and social potential.
As equity officer, Dr. Hawley helps the district build its capacity for achieving equitable outcomes by partnering with departments to enhance equity-centered leadership development, strategic and facilities planning, and professional learning, and by engaging marginalized communities to help bring about systemic change.
Dr. Hawley has more than 30 years of experience in K–20 education. Prior to joining the district, she was the associate vice president for equity and inclusion at Austin Community College. At ACC she led the development and implementation of the college’s equity progress report assessment guide to promote and enhance institutional accountability for changes in policies and practices for equity.
Dr. Hawley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English composition from the University of North Texas and a Master of Science degree in education from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. She received her doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.
She is active in her profession, serving on the Principal Leadership Academy Advisory Committee at UT Austin, in the College of Education’s Cooperative Superintendency Program, and as a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.
Dr. Hawley lives in Austin with her husband of many decades and is mother to four awesome adult children and is a grandmother to two amazing two-year olds. She enjoys reading, hiking, racquetball, crafting, gardening and watching other people cook.
Brandi Hosack, Interim Chief of Human Capital
Brandi Hosack leads the Office of Human Capital, which encompasses Human Capital Systems and Employee Development & Sustainability. The Human Capital team supports the recruitment, development and retention of high-quality, equity-focused, diverse teachers and staff to meet the needs of all students. In addition, Human Capital develops programs and initiatives to ensure the well-being of each of Austin ISD's 11,000 employees.
Ms. Hosack brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position. She has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Capital Systems and the Assistant Superintendent of Employee Development & Sustainability. She joined Austin ISD in 2004 and has also served as principal at McCallum High School and Akins High School. Ms. Hosack has a master of education degree in educational administration from The University of Texas and a bachelor of science degree from Texas A&M University.
Eduardo Ramos, Chief Financial Officer
Eduardo Ramos serves the district as the Chief Financial Officer. He manages the financials of Austin ISD, including the budget, purchasing, state and federal grants, this historically utilized business program and more. Ramos has worked in school finance for 25 years, including chief of operations at Pflugerville ISD and deputy superintendent of finance and operations in Hutto ISD.
He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Edward's University with a double major in Accounting and Finance.
Dr. Jacob Reach, Chief of Governmental Relations & Board Services
Dr. Jacob Reach was appointed by the superintendent to lead a new office to support trustees and the district. Dr. Reach has 15 years working as an education professional, most recently serving as the district’s chief of staff.
He began his career in Lubbock ISD at Alderson, a middle school identified as Title 1. While at Alderson, he started a chess program for students, who won the inaugural Lubbock ISD chess tournament that following year.
He also worked for the Texas Education Agency, where he oversaw the grant programs for the state. He has worked for AISD for 10 years in various leadership roles in finance, the school's office, and now leading our legal office, governmental services and board services.
When not working, he enjoys fly fishing, and will commonly visit fishing spots in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado. He and his wife have two girls, one who will attend Bear Creek Elementary this fall.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and sociology and a Master of Public Administration degree from Texas Tech University. He received his doctorate of education from Northeastern University in Boston.
Oscar Rodriguez, Interim Chief Technology Officer
Matias Segura, Chief of Operations
Matias Segura oversees Construction Management, Planning and Asset Management, Facilities Maintenance, Transportation and Fleet Management, Food Service and Warehouse Operations.
He was previously the Operations Officer for the district and has 16 years of experience in construction management, real estate, and operations.
Prior to joining AISD, he was the director of the Travis County Civil and Family Complex Program. He led the program to build a new courthouse, an office building, associated subsurface parking garage, surrounding infrastructure and site improvements.
Segura has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Professional Engineer and an Austin ISD graduate.
Wayne Sneed, Chief of Police
Wayne Sneed serves as the district’s chief of police. He leads
76 full-time police officers, including 43 School Resource Officers (SROs), 8 Patrol Officers and, 4 Detectives. There are two SROs assigned to every high school campus and one SRO assigned to every middle school campus. The department also employs 75 civilian staff, including dispatchers, office support staff, and unarmed security guard personnel.
Chief Sneed has been with Austin ISD Police Department for the past 10 years, most recently leading the mental health and community engagement unit. He also teaches law enforcement at Texas State University. He has more than 40 years of experience, including as a former police officer in Austin and San Marcos.
Sneed also served as a Special Agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau, and served as Director of Internal Affairs, Office of the Inspector General with Texas Health and Human Services.
Jason Stanford, Chief of Communications & Community Engagement
An AISD dad himself twice over, Jason Stanford oversees the Department of Communications and Community Engagement, which includes AustinISD.org, social media platforms, media relations, community engagement, marketing, translation, AISD.TV, and outreach efforts to families, staff, and community members.
Stanford has 28 years of experience in media, campaigns, and communications. His most recent position was with Hill+Knowlton Strategies as the senior vice president of global communications. He also served as Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s communications director.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Studies from Lewis & Clark College, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
Stanford has co-written two books. His latest is The New York Times-bestselling “Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth.” His bylines have appeared in Texas Monthly, The Texas Tribune, Texas Observer, Texas Highways, and even some publications that have nothing to do with Texas.