Capital of Texas media foundation

The Capital of Texas Media Foundation was founded in 2013 in Austin, Texas. Please mail checks to 1512 Broadmoor Dr, Austin TX, 78723

Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Capital of Texas Media Foundation is to educate and inform the citizens of Central Texas about civic life. It does this, in part, by delivering hyper-local coverage of municipalities in and around the Austin region via its online-only publication, the Austin Monitor.

CoTMF is the parent organization of the Monitor. We hope CoTMF will grow to include more publications, more activities (currently we organize Monitor events like BBB and City Summit), and more outreach. As it does, it will become clear that the Monitor (and any other journalistic undertakings) are a wing of a much larger organization, and a much larger vision.

 

The Board of Directors:

Sheryl Cole: First elected in 2006, Sheryl Cole is the first African-American woman elected to the Austin City Council.  Re-elected in 2009, and elevated by her Council peers to Mayor Pro Tem in 2011.  As Mayor Pro Tem, she served as Chair of both the Audit and Finance Committee and the Comprehensive Transportation and Planning Committee.  She also served on both the CAMPO Transportation and Policy Board and the Lone Star Rail District Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014. Sheryl earned her B.A. in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1986.

Sheryl Cole: First elected in 2006, Sheryl Cole is the first African-American woman elected to the Austin City Council.  Re-elected in 2009, and elevated by her Council peers to Mayor Pro Tem in 2011.  As Mayor Pro Tem, she served as Chair of both the Audit and Finance Committee and the Comprehensive Transportation and Planning Committee.  She also served on both the CAMPO Transportation and Policy Board and the Lone Star Rail District Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014.

Sheryl earned her B.A. in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1986.

Sarah E. Brownstein: Sarah has been in and out of Austin over the last 13 years. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, Sarah has policy experience at local and state levels. She currently works at the Texas Senate focusing on issues ranging from higher education to natural resources.

Sarah E. Brownstein: Sarah has been in and out of Austin over the last 13 years. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, Sarah has policy experience at local and state levels. She currently works at the Texas Senate focusing on issues ranging from higher education to natural resources.

Marty Hopkins: Marty is a senior litigation associate at Andrews Kurth LLP. A New Mexico native, loyal Aggie, and burgeoning oarswoman, Marty is passionate about music, culture, and the dynamic Austin lifestyle.

Marty Hopkins: Marty is a senior litigation associate at Andrews Kurth LLP. A New Mexico native, loyal Aggie, and burgeoning oarswoman, Marty is passionate about music, culture, and the dynamic Austin lifestyle.

Robert E. Jones: Robert is an Austin based political consultant with more than 15 years of experience managing organizations like Annie’s List and Be One Texas and in advising candidates like Sen. Wendy Davis, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and numerous members of the Texas House. He is also an adjunct professor of political science at St. Edward’s University and has provided political analysis to media outlets like CNN, NPR, Fox News and the New York Times.

Robert E. Jones: Robert is an Austin based political consultant with more than 15 years of experience managing organizations like Annie’s List and Be One Texas and in advising candidates like Sen. Wendy Davis, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and numerous members of the Texas House. He is also an adjunct professor of political science at St. Edward’s University and has provided political analysis to media outlets like CNN, NPR, Fox News and the New York Times.

Herb Watkins: Herb is an Austin technical professional helping organizations use efficient processes, minimal technical systems, and flexible architecture to solve their problems and opportunities for 15 years. Herb started as a middle school music teacher and uses the patience and empathy learned in that environment to help his business counterparts understand opportunities in technology. Fueled by his strong interest in informing voters through quality journalism, he brings his technical experience and business organization experience to the board.

Herb Watkins: Herb is an Austin technical professional helping organizations use efficient processes, minimal technical systems, and flexible architecture to solve their problems and opportunities for 15 years. Herb started as a middle school music teacher and uses the patience and empathy learned in that environment to help his business counterparts understand opportunities in technology. Fueled by his strong interest in informing voters through quality journalism, he brings his technical experience and business organization experience to the board.

Reeve Hamilton is the Austin-based executive director of media relations for the Texas A&M University System. He was one of the original reporters at The Texas Tribune, where he spent more than five years covering higher education and politics and hosting a weekly podcast. His writing has also appeared in Texas Monthly, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Texas Observer.

Reeve Hamilton is the Austin-based executive director of media relations for the Texas A&M University System. He was one of the original reporters at The Texas Tribune, where he spent more than five years covering higher education and politics and hosting a weekly podcast. His writing has also appeared in Texas Monthly, The New York TimesThe Washington Post and The Texas Observer.

Mike Kanin is the CEO and President of Capital of Texas Media Foundation. He has a reporting background and years of media experience. His work has appeared in the Washington City Paper, the Washington Post's Express, the Boston Herald, Boston's Weekly Dig, the Austin Chronicle and the Texas Observer. You can email him at michael.kanin@cotmf.org   Sasha Cesare is the Development Director. Sasha comes to us from Amnesty International's headquarters in London. As a Grants Officer she funded human rights work of the national offices in the global south and innovative projects that worked on furthering Amnesty's mission globally. She can be reached at: sasha.cesare@cotmf.org

Mike Kanin is the CEO and President of Capital of Texas Media Foundation. He has a reporting background and years of media experience. His work has appeared in the Washington City Paper, the Washington Post's Express, the Boston Herald, Boston's Weekly Dig, the Austin Chronicle and the Texas Observer. You can email him at michael.kanin@cotmf.org

 

Sasha Cesare is the Development Director. Sasha comes to us from Amnesty International's headquarters in London. As a Grants Officer she funded human rights work of the national offices in the global south and innovative projects that worked on furthering Amnesty's mission globally. She can be reached at: sasha.cesare@cotmf.org

 

 

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Forms:

2013: 990

2014: 990

2015: Annual Report

Monitor in the Classroom Report (2015)