AISD Office Address for All Board Members
1111 W. Sixth St.
Austin, TX 78703
trustees@austinisd.org
Tel: (512) 414-2413
Fax: (512) 414-1486 

Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees
Terrie Reyes-Kitch 
terrie.reyes-kitch@austinisd.org
Tel: (512) 414-2413
Fax: (512) 414-1486 

Please send invitations or calendar-related requests for the AISD Board of Trustees to the office address listed above to allow calendar coordination by Terrie Reyes-Kitch.

Austin ISD Board of Trustees

 Austin ISD Board of Trustees
(from left) Edmund T. Gordon, District 1; Ann Teich, District 3; Amber Elenz, District 5; Geronimo M. Rodriguez, Jr., PRESIDENT, District 6; Yasmin Wagner, VICE PRESIDENT, District 7; Julie Cowan, SECRETARY, District 4; Cindy Anderson, At Large 8; Jayme Mathias, District 2

   
 Portrait of Geronimo Rodriguez

Geronimo M. Rodriguez, Jr., District 6, President

Term Expires: November 2018
1111 W. Sixth St., A250
Austin, TX 78703
OFFICE: (512)414-2413

Geronimo Rodriguez was appointed to the AISD Board of Trustees on June 12, 2017, to represent District 6 and was elected vice president by his fellow trustees on June 26, 2017.  He was elected president by his fellow trustees on May 21, 2018. He worked as a farm worker with his parents and attended high school in the evenings. Mr. Rodriguez understands and promotes the philosophy of expecting every child to graduate from high school ready for  college, career, and life.

He earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from St. Edward’s University and a doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Rodriguez serves as Chief Advocacy Officer at Seton Healthcare Family. He has served on several local and national boards, including the National Parent Teacher Association, AISD Bond Advisory Committees, Leadership Austin and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

 

Portait of Yasmin Wagner

Yasmin Wagner, District 7, Vice President


Term Expires: November 2018
1111 W. Sixth St., A250
Austin, TX 78703
OFFICE: (512) 414-2540
CELL: (512) 923-2138
Email: yasminwagneratx@gmail.com

 

Yasmin Wagner was appointed Sept. 28, 2015, by the Austin ISD Board of Trustees to fill the District 7 vacancy. In November 2016, Ms. Wagner was elected to fill the District 7 unexpired term.  She was elected Vice President by her fellow trustees on May 21, 2018.

Ms. Wagner and her husband have two children enrolled in the district. As an Austin resident for more than 20 years, Ms. Wagner has been active in her community by advocating for women and families through extensive involvement with nonprofit organizations. Her volunteer efforts with AISD are a natural extension of that community commitment.

Ms. Wagner’s involvement with AISD through serving on the Boundary Advisory Committee and participating in the UpClose program have helped her understand the evolving demographics of our city and the challenging issues of over- and underuse of facilities. Ms. Wagner has served on the Kiker Elementary School and Gorzycki Middle School PTA boards and has represented the schools as a delegate to the Bowie Vertical Team and Austin Council of PTAs.

Ms. Wagner serves on these Board committees: Audit, Board Oversight Committee on Excellence through Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Community Action Network, and Facility and Bond Planning Advisory Committee

Julie Cowan

Julie Cowan, District 4, Secretary

Term Expires: November 2018
1111 W. Sixth St., A250
Austin, TX 78703
OFFICE: (512) 414-2550
Email: juliecowan4@yahoo.com

 

Julie Cowan was elected to the AISD Board of Trustees in November 2014 and was elected Secretary by her fellow trustees in January 2016. Raised in Houston, she graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and then attended Southern Methodist University, earning a BA in Political Science, BFA in Public Relations and a Secondary Teaching Certificate (Government & Journalism). She is married to Dr. Robert K. Cowan Jr., and is the proud mother of three AISD District 4 graduates.

Professionally, Julie has served as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives and as a physician and community relations specialist at multiple Texas hospitals. She most recently worked as a School Improvement Facilitator at Anderson High School, centering that work on promoting community engagement and enriching students’ career exploration.

Julie has been an active member of the Austin community since returning in 1995. In addition to serving as PTA president at Doss Elementary School, Murchison Middle School and Anderson High School and on their Campus Advisory Councils, Julie has been the president of the Travis County Medical Alliance, a co-chair of the St. David’s Foundation Alliance and a Vice President of the Austin Council of PTAs.

Over the last decade, Julie served on many districtwide committees, including the 2008 inaugural class of AISD UpClose, the 2008 Citizens’ Bond Advisory Committee, the 2007 and 2008 Budget Task Forces (Tri-chair in 2008), the 2009 ELA AP/IB Text Book Adoption Committee and the 2008 Middle School Strategic Plan Task Force.

Trustee Cowan serves on the Board Operations Committee.  She is also the Board representative on the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) and the Austin Ed Fund.  With her interest in advocacy and public education legislative issues, she has served Region 13 as a member of the Texas Association of School Boards' Legislative Advisory Council (LAC) in 2016-17 and 2017-18.  Following a year as Vice President of the Central Texas School Board Association in 2016-17, Trustee Cowan was elected President for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.     

 Edmund T. Gordon
 Edmund T. Gordon, District 1

Term Expires: November 2018
1111 W. 6th Street, A-250
Austin, TX 78703
OFFICE: (512) 414-2520 

Dr. Edmund T. Gordon was elected to the Austin Board of Trustees in December 2014. He is a longtime Austin resident. Dr. Gordon’s education includes a Master of Arts degree from Stanford University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Miami and a Doctorate in Social Anthropology from Stanford University. His wife is a bilingual special education teacher and both of his children attended District 1 schools. 

Dr. Edmund T. Gordon is 
Vice Provost for Diversity and Associate Professor African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Dr. Edmund T. Gordon has been involved with the community. He served as a PTA member and for two stints as PTA President in his children’s elementary schools. He was the co-chair of the Austin-AISD African-American Quality of Life Education Task Force and participated in the AISD African-American Community Advisory Committee for Educational Excellence.

 

Trustee Gordon serves on these Board Committees: Policy Committee 

Jayme Mathias

Jayme Mathias, District 2

 Term Expires: November 2020

1111 W. Sixth St., A250
Austin, TX 78703
OFFICE: (512) 414-2530
CELL: (512) 826-0280

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Dr. Jayme Mathias was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2012 and re-elected in November 2016.  He was elected Secretary by his fellow trustees in November 2012 and January 2015. A product of and firm believer in public education, he spent the first 13 years of his education in public schools before earning two undergraduate degrees, four graduate degrees and his doctorate in philosophy.

A 15-year resident of Austin, Dr. Mathias is a certified instructor of secondary foreign languages and taught all levels of high school Spanish—including AP Spanish Language & AP Spanish Literature—before going on to teach at the graduate and doctoral levels. He led a local high school community, as well as Austin's largest Spanish-speaking faith community. Dr. Mathias presently serves as pastor of Holy Family American Catholic Church in South Austin.

Dr. Mathias' passion for education spurred him to co-found three learning centers in East Austin, including La FUENTE Learning Center, which has hosted the District's DELTA program since 2003. Previously active in various neighborhood associations and on numerous boards, he presently serves on such boards as the Blackland Community Development Corporation, The New Journalism Project, The Child-Friendly Faith Project, the St. John XXIII Theological Institute, and TEXTESOL.

Since 2012, Dr. Mathias has served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees. He has been active in the Board's Officers Committee, Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Ad Hoc Historically Underutilized Businesses Subcommittee and the Joint Subcommittees with the City of Austin and Travis County. A member of the Leadership TASB Class of 2015, Dr. Mathias has participated in the Texas Institute for School Boards and has twice represented the Austin ISD at the annual delegates assembly of the Texas Association of School Boards. He currently chairs the Board's Calendar Committee.

A champion of LGBTQ issues, Dr. Mathias is married to Luyao Anthony Tang.

Trustee Mathias serves on these Board committees:  Policy, Texas School Board Association Board of Directors, Council of Urban Boards of Education Steering Committee

Ann Teich
Ann Teich, District 3

Term Expires: November 2020
1111 W. Sixth St., A250
Austin, TX 78703
OFFICE: (512) 414-2570

Ann Teich was elected to the Austin ISD Board of Trustees in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. She represents District 3 (the Lanier Vertical Team and Riley and Ridgetop Elementary Schools and the Mueller community). She serves on the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, the Internal Audit Committee, the Joint Subcommittee, the Regional Affordability Committee, and the Austin Planning Commission.

Mrs. Teich is a 1970 graduate of Lanier High School, received her BA from Southwestern University, and attended graduate school at the University of Texas-Austin. She was a language arts teacher in AISD for 27 years at Porter Middle School (now the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders) and served as a substitute in Austin middle and high schools for 7 years after retiring from full-time teaching.

Mrs. Teich has been active in the North Austin Civic Association for 13 years, serving as vice president for 3 years, and participates in the North Austin Community School Alliance, the Burnet Middle School Community School Alliance, the Lanier High School Community School Alliance, the Restore Rundberg Revitalization Team, and Austin Women in Housing. She has served as a mentor to AISD students through the Seedling Foundation for 10 years. Mrs. Teich is married to Randy Teich (Reagan 1971), and they are the parents of Lilly Teich Whitten (McCallum 2003) and Alex Teich (McCallum 2005).

Trustee Teich serves on these Board Committees: Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, Joint Subcommittee, Audit and Regional Affordability Committee

Amber Elenz
Amber Elenz, District 5

Term Expires: November 2020
1111 W. Sixth St., A250
Austin, TX 78703
CELL: (512) 632-9249
Email: amberelenz@gmail.com

 

Amber Elenz joined the board in November 2012 and was re-elected in November 2016. She earned the designation of “Master Trustee” in June 2018 after being selected to complete a year-long leadership training program with trustees from across the state, offered by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). Trustee Elenz has chaired the board’s Internal Audit Committee and served as the board’s representative on the Austin Partners in Education (APIE) Board and the city of Austin’s Mobility Transformation Advisory Council since 2016. She was previously elected by her fellow trustees to serve as Vice President of the board and has represented the board multiple times as a delegate at TASB’s annual convention. She has also served as Chair of the board’s Calendar Committee, a member of the board’s Policy Committee and the board’s representative to the District Advisory Council (DAC).

Trustee Elenz is a proud graduate of public schools in Arlington, Texas who advocates for authentic engagement and implementation of student, parent and community voice. She works strategically to strengthen the District’s approach to educating the whole child, with the goal that that each child will discover a passion for learning and be equipped to reach his or her potential. During her tenure she has championed efforts to improve reading instruction at every school in Austin ISD by using Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALTs) to provide scientifically-proven academic language therapy to all struggling readers including those with dyslexia.

Ms. Elenz brings grassroots advocacy experience as well as a communication and business focus to her work as a trustee. After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Plan II, an honors liberal arts program, she worked as a broadcast journalist for CNN in Atlanta, NBC affiliates in Texas (KCEN-TV in Waco and KPRC-Radio in Houston) and FOX News in Chicago. Once in Chicago, she pursued her master’s in business from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where concentrations in finance, marketing and organizational behavior led her to work at United Airlines. She spent two years working in operating budgets and two more managing the user-side development of one of the original consumer-controlled travel booking tools.

Since moving to Austin in 1996, Trustee Elenz has volunteered extensively within all of Austin ISD schools. Her leadership on the PTAs of Bryker Woods Elementary and O. Henry Middle School led her to serve as the Vice President of the Austin Council of PTAs, which is the largest council of its kind in Texas, with more than 18,000 members. In 2010, she was elected President of the district-wide parent-teacher advocacy association, where she and her executive team found success strengthening leadership trainings, council communications and techniques to empower parents and teachers to more effectively advocate for the needs of all children. Ms. Elenz is a 2011 graduate of AISD UpClose and has served on the District Advisory Council (DAC) and the Campus Advisory Council (CAC) of multiple schools. She has also contributed time and energy volunteering for The Junior League of Austin, Tarrytown Methodist Church, the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Ronald McDonald House and the preschool board at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Trustee Elenz is married to Douglas Elenz, M.D. and is the mother of two proud Austin High School graduates, one of whom is pursuing an acting career after graduating from NYU Tisch, while the other works toward a Media Strategies degree from Texas Tech University.

Ms. Elenz serves on these Board committees: Policy, Audit, District Advisory Council, Austin Partners in Education and Mobility Transformation Advisory Committee 

 Portrait of Cindy AndersonCindy Anderson, At-Large Postion 8

Term Expires: November 2020
1111 W. 6th St., A250
Austin Tx 78703
CELL: (512) 739-5043
Email: cindyandersonford8@gmail.com
 
 

Cindy Anderson was elected to the AISD Board of Trustees in November 2016. She is originally from the Midwest and graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and French, and a minor in Linguistics. She is a 20-year Austin resident and the proud mother of two, a 2015 AISD graduate and a current AISD high school senior.  

Cindy's professional experience includes teaching English as a Second Language in Japan and working as a legal assistant in multiple law firms before transitioning to the insurance industry. Cindy spent six years at Allstate Insurance Company, first as a Casualty Claims Adjuster before being promoted to Unit Claim Manager and then to Casualty Process Expert. 

She began her volunteer career as a member of the PTA at Lee Elementary School and served as PTA secretary and vice president, and designed and managed the school's first campus website. As her children transitioned to middle school she served as Fulmore PTA president and treasurer and on CAC, both as a member and parent co-chair.  

Cindy expanded her volunteerism by serving on numerous AISD districtwide committees including: the District Advisory Council, Boundary Advisory Council (member and co-chair), Career and Technology Education Advisory Committee, Budget and Finance Advisory Committee, District Technology Planning Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, House Bill 5, School Health Advisory Council, Parent Support Specialist Work Group, and South Austin Magnet Planning Committee.  

She also spent five years on the executive board of the Austin Council of PTA as the fifth vice president of programs, third vice president of scholarships, first vice president and grants chairwoman.

 

 

At-Large Postion 9, Vacant