Texas’ Interagency Coordinating Group

In 2009, the Texas Legislature passed legislation creating an Interagency Coordinating Group (ICG) of state agencies charged with improving the working relationship between faith-based and community organizations and state government. In 2011, the ICG was expanded to include even more state agencies. The head of each agency, in consultation with the Office of the Governor, designated a high-level liaison to serve on the Interagency Coordinating Group.  ICG meetings are posted in the Texas Register and are open to the public.  For more information on working with state agencies, please see “Partnering with State Agencies” and “What is this Initiative?”

State Agency Faith & Community Liaisons Serving on the ICG

Department of Agriculture
Catherine Wright-Steele, Governmental Affairs Director
 

Department of Family and Protective Services
Lesley Guthrie, Senior Volunteer & Community Engagement Specialist
 

Department of Information Resources
John Hoffman, Chief Technology Officer
 

Department of State Health Services
Ricardo "Ricky" Garcia, Center for Policy and External Affairs
 

Health and Human Services Commission
Fedora Galasso, Manager, CPP, RCR, SNAP APP
 

Office of the Attorney General
Amanda Sanders, Outreach Director


Office of Secretary of State
Vincent Houston, Director of Administrative Services


Office of State-Federal Relations
Jerry Strickland, Office of the Governor


Institution of Higher Education
Dr. Molly Beth Malcolm, Vice President Community Engagement and Public Affairs – Austin Community College
 

Office of the Comptroller
Sumer Perkins, State of Texas Co-op Purchasing Program – Statewide Procurement Divisions  


Office of the Governor
Ben Taylor, Deputy Outreach Director


Public Utility Commission of Texas
Gabriel Cardenas, Customer Information & Education Coordinator


Texas State Commission on National and Community Service
Elizabeth Darling, CEO – OneStar Foundation
 

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Roger Dube, Procurements
 

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Marvin Dunbar, Rehabilitation Programs
 

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Elizabeth Yevich, Director – Housing Resource Center
 

Texas Department of Insurance
Thomas Meehan, Government Relations Liaison
 

Texas Department of Public Safety
Nim Kidd, Assistant Director – Emergency Management


Texas Education Agency
Kara Belew, Deputy Commissioner of Finance
 

Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Tammy T. Holland, CVA, Manager – Family, Community, and Chaplaincy Programs


Texas Veterans Commission
Charlie Cato, Director – Fund for Veterans Assistance
 

Texas Workforce Commission
Phyllis Coombes, Strategic Workforce Initiatives Department, Workforce Development Division