Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Vanessa Cortez Tanner and reappointed Alicia Key Ellison to the State Employee Charitable Campaign Policy Committee for terms set to expire on September 1, 2022. Additionally, the Governor appointed Brent Connett for a term set to expire on September 1, 2021. The committee helps develop rules and procedures for the State Employee Charitable Campaign and reviews the recommended campaign plan.
Alicia G. Key Ellison of Dripping Springs is an attorney and owner of Key Law Office, PC. She served for many years as a state employee, retiring from state service in 2013. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and its Family Law Section and a former president of the National Council of Child Support Directors. She also is a former board member for the National Child Support Enforcement Association and is a former mentor with the Seedling Foundation. Key received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas Tech University and a Juris Doctor from Texas Tech School of Law.
Vanessa Cortez Tanner of Austin is Chief of Staff for Texas State Representative Scott Sanford. Previously, she was employed as a Committee Clerk/Director for the Texas Senate Committee on Administration. She is a member and past president of the Texas State University Austin Alumni Chapter, Board Member of the Wittliff Collections Advisory Board at Texas State University, and a former Council Member of the Texas State Leadership Council for University Advancement. Tanner received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mass Communication from Texas State University.
Brent Connett of Austin is Deputy Director of Appointments in the Office of the Texas Governor. Previously, he worked in the Texas Senate and for a legislative caucus and public policy research foundation. He currently serves in the Texas State Guard, having earned the rank of Sergeant First Class. Connett received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.
These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.