|Darlene Lanham, MPAff|
Darlene Lanham brings over 15 years of leadership in public affairs, policy and public administration to serve UWest's mission. Her skills include executive leadership, strategic planning, public finance and budgeting, and legislative advocacy.
Ms. Lanham is Managing Director of Hill Country Advisory Group, LLC, a public affairs firm serving associations and nonprofits and small businesses in the U.S. and Asia. She has led political campaigns, law enforcement contract negotiations, revenue diversification efforts and implemented public affairs projects in Texas and Florida. She directs National Coalition Building Institute's Texas chapter, which provides continuing education for diversity trainers, offers Welcoming Diversity/Prejudice Reduction workshops, and teaches the Working Through Controversial Issues process in methods recognized by the US President's Commission on Race.
Ms. Lanham is past Chairwoman of the Capital Area Council of Government's Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, which prioritizes grant funding on behalf of the Governor of the State of Texas for essential services such as domestic violence shelters and law enforcement for 10 counties in Central Texas. She is past Chair of the City of Austin Commission for Women, which advises the city manager and Council on matters affecting women and the families who are connected to them.
Her volunteer work has included leadership to the Central Texas chapter of the American Society for Public Administration; she has moderated discussions on Democracy, Social Security and Medicare with Texas Forums/Future Forums and served as a deputy voter registrar.
She earned her Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. Prior to her studies in public policy and administration, she managed events at the University of North Texas College of Music's Murchison Performing Arts Center.