Robin Schneider started her activist career in high school as a 17-year-old canvasser for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) raising funds door-to-door to assist pro-ERA candidates. During college she led a campaign that stopped a plan to drill for oil on the UCLA campus, which would have displaced the university’s childcare center. She also led a delegation of 18 college students that traveled to Florida in early 1982 to work for passage of the ERA.Read more
Brandon Marks joined TCE Fund after working in labor, community, and electoral organizing in Chicago, most recently at the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Brandon previously lived in Mexico City where he worked and volunteered for non-profits and bolstered his Spanish fluency. Brandon graduated from Yale University, where he studied the role of power, profits, and social movements in the US and Latin America. Brandon was born in Dallas and raised in South Florida, but his family has lived in Corpus Christi, TX for generations.
Sarah-Jordan Stout grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in East Tennessee. After initially moving to Houston for school, she fell in love with the coastal prairie landscape and rolled up her sleeves to start community organizing with TCE in winter 2020. A strong believer in bottom-up organizing to protect public health and vulnerable communities, she has worked on various TCE campaigns including city-wide recycling for Houston, the Dallas people’s climate plan initiative, and opposition to desalination and oil exports in the coastal bend. Now as Communications Coordinator, she is thrilled to put her writing and rhetoric training in service to coalition building across the state. Sarah-Jordan has a master’s degree in literature and loves all forms of poetry, theater, ponds, insects, estuaries, and sea grasses.
Tobin has been a community organizer for five years and has worked with TCE for a year. She grew up in Maryland, went to school in Iowa, spent some time in the UK, and moved to Austin from Denver, Colorado last September to take over as Staff Director for the Austin TCE office. In her view, there is no better place to work on progressive environmental policy than in the great state of Texas. Grassroots organizing has taught her a tremendous amount about people, communication, motivations, patience, finding common ground, and finding her voice as an activist. She’s honored to have the opportunity to fight for what she loves. “I enjoy cycling, reading about topics spanning from Texas politics to Sci-Fi, poetry, cooking, and exploring/appreciating/noticing all the gloriousness of this rock we all live on together.”
Rebecca Bateman is a native Texan who was raised loving the state’s gorgeous wildflowers and diverse landscapes. She grew up in Fort Worth and got her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Christian University in 2002. After working in the corporate aerospace sector for a number of years, she moved to the UK to get a Master’s degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development in 2008 from the University of Cambridge. She returned to the US four years later, ready to be an environmental activist, and joined TCE in 2015. Rebecca has lived in Houston, Galveston, Austin, Fort Worth, and Dallas. She believes that Texas’ natural beauty deserves to be protected and preserved.
Jordan Duncan graduated from Calvin University in Michigan in 2017 and stepped into a community organizer role fighting for Clean Water for all. Jordan’s main passion is environmental justice. He has been a member of national boards committed to fostering diversity within the environmental movement. Jordan was a recipient of the Cyndi Roper Organizer of the Year Award. Jordan joined TCE as the Houston Staff Director at the tail end of 2018 and has fallen in love with Texas since. He believes in people power, and our ability to come together to create the change needed to protect our future. In his spare time Jordan enjoys playing hockey and reading comics.
Vic Cornell joined TCE in 2019 as our Director of Administration. Before that, he worked at the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas for fifteen years, in a wide variety of roles. He attended UT-Austin for his undergrad in religious studies and went to seminary at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago for his Master of Arts in Religious Education & Theological Ethics. As a trained community organizer, Vic believes that no matter what the problem is, someone, somewhere, can fix it. An organizer’s job is to figure out who that person is, and what needs to be done to them to make them solve the problem.
Cathy Garrison, small business owner, is a native Dallasite who has been involved with various civic groups for over 40 years. She has owned an organic landscape design/build firm since 1985. Currently, she is focused on quality of life issues for residents in the Southern Sector of Dallas. Along with TCE Fund, Cathy has served on the boards of the Dallas Green Alliance, Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (Region IV), and the Salvation Army of Oak Cliff. She lives in Oak Cliff with her rescue animals.
Corey Troiani is a native Texan who started his activist career in late 2011 at the University of North Texas fighting hydraulic fracturing in Denton neighborhoods. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology, he co-founded a direct action campaign with activists and landowners to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in East Texas. He joined TCE Fund in early 2013, and has worked non-stop as a community organizer, field manager, and now Program Director in the DFW office. Corey enjoys hiking, rock climbing, soap-making, and geeky stuff like graphic and print design.
Brigid Shea, County Commissioner, is an expert communicator and advocate of environmental policies that make a difference. She is the Travis County Commissioner for Precinct 2. A former award-winning journalist, environmental organizer and Austin City Councilmember, she has specialized in developing and implementing effective environmental policies since 1988. She is the Principal of Brigid Shea & Associates, and she advises heavy industry, corporations, governments and non-profits. She is a certified Carbon Reduction Manager, frequent public speaker and trainer.
Mary Elizabeth Cofer, Health Specialist, currently works in the health insurance field. She has worked in the health care field for many years as a licensed physical therapy assistant and is a certified personal trainer. She has served on the Board of Adjustments for the City of Rollingwood, and was involved in working with Rollingwood to gain status as a “Green City.” Her spouse is George Cofer, Executive Director of the Hill Country Conservancy and a co-founder of Earth Share of Texas.
Marisa Perales, Environmental Attorney, is currently a partner at Frederick, Perales, Allmon & Rockwell, in Austin, TX. She began at the firm as an Associate in 2005, and since then, she has become a leading environmental attorney dealing with waste issues in Texas. She regularly works on litigation on behalf of citizen groups, public interest organizations, local governments, and individuals regarding environmental issues before state agencies, federal courts, and state courts. She has filed appeals of agency decisions and court judgments in environmental cases. Marisa provides client advice and contributes comments to agencies regarding environmental rules and enforcement, and also conducts research and comment on various environmental issues related to proposed legislative action. She is a member of the City of Austin Environmental Board and the Undoing Racism Austin Collective.
Alan Krathaus, Designer, is a partner in CORE Design Studio. He has worked with a variety of non-profit, art and educational organizations, philanthropies, as well as architecture, urban planning, retail, artists and writers, renewable energy and design-based companies. He has extensive experience in a variety of media including brand programs, signage, environmental, exhibition, multi-media/app/web and print projects.
Zac Trahan grew up in the idyllic hill country and studied biology at the University of Texas at Austin. His deep connection with and respect for the natural world has only strengthened since joining TCE Fund in the fall of 2002. Zac has worked in all three offices; he served as Houston Program Director from 2008-2011 and DFW Program Director from 2012-2015. He believes our common problems call for collaborative solutions and that improving our future means protecting our shared surroundings.
Jeffrey Jacoby began his career with TCE Fund in 2004 and directed our DFW office from 2005-2011 and our Central Texas office from 2012-2019. After obtaining a Master of Arts from the University of Maryland and living in Washington, D.C. for three years, Jeff found TCE Fund when he returned to his native Texas. Jeff believes that change begins at home, one person at a time. His commitment to grassroots democracy and environmental advocacy stems from a strong desire to transform the mindset of a culture bent on harming the very source of its sustenance.
Todd Main, policy and political consultant, founded TCE Fund and is a seasoned political organizer with three decades of experience in public interest work. He started as a door-to-door canvasser and has worked on a range of issues such as electric utility and health care reform and environmental issues. For three years in the late 1990s, Todd served as the Executive Director of Texas Campaign for the Environment, TCE Fund’s sister organization. He is currently on assignment in Washington D.C. with his wife Theresa Amato and daughters Isabella and Vittoria.
Fighting Petrochemical and Fossil Fuel Pollution
Since its inception, fracking has been sold to the American public as a way to attain energy independence. In reality, oil drilling in the Permian Basin is now primarily for export. TCE Fund has joined with a host of regional, state and national allies to fight a number of proposed crude export facilities up and down the Gulf Coast. We are also helping to organize opposition to a host of proposals in the Port of Corpus Christi—which is already the largest fossil fuel exporting port in the U.S.—to expand and build new even larger crude export facilities. Read on for the full report!
Petrochemical Boom is a New TCE Fund Focus
We are educating Texans about the potential health and environmental impacts of the petrochemical boom and the increasing number of plastic plants that are dependent on fossil fuels in Texas. We are coordinating with communities across the region to raise awareness about the variety of ways to confront this. For example, we worked closely with a Coastal Bend coalition that has delayed construction of a key ExxonMobil plastics facility for over 18 months so far, and we helped pull together the Permian-Gulf Coast Coalition with groups from Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and other national allies. Read on for the full report!
Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund (formerly known as Public Research Works) is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, tax ID # 74-2808805. All contributions to TCE Fund are 100% tax-deductible.
TCE Fund is a participating member of Earth Share of Texas, which represents leading environmental and conservation groups in payroll deduction plans across the state. Click here to learn more about Earth Share of Texas.
Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Code: 54165
Texas State Employees (SECC) Code: 035578
City of Austin Employees (COACCC) Code: 1862
City of Houston Employees (HCMC) Code: 1443
Houston Independent School District Employees (HISD) Code: 177
2020 Revenue total: $923,440
83% Grants and special projects
17% Grassroots contributions
*Including Paycheck Protection Program
2020 Expense total: $1,005,388
77% Research, education & organizing
18% Managing TCE Fund
5% Fundraising to sustain TCE Fund
*Over $200,000 raised prior to 2020 toward projects in 2020 & 2021
Want to see more details? Here are our 2020 IRS Form 990 tax documents.