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Interagency Coordinating Group

Facilitating partnerships between state agencies and faith-based & community organizations

A strong public sector requires government to work closely with faith-based & community organizations to ensure social services & resources are reaching Texas communities.

To encourage these partnerships to flourish and thrive, the Interagency Coordinating Group (ICG) convenes Texas state agency liaisons, who ensure ongoing outreach and collaboration with nonprofits, churches, and other community organizations.

Authorized by the Texas Legislature in House Bill 492 (2009 R) and House Bill 1965 (2011 R), the ICG comprises appointed liaisons representing more than 20 key state agencies that advance partnerships between the State of Texas and local faith-based & community organizations. OneStar serves as presiding officer of the ICG and provides support to state agency liaisons.

The duties of Interagency Coordinating Group state agency liaisons include:

  • Removing unnecessary barriers to partnerships between their state agency and faith-based & community organizations;
  • Providing information and training for state agency employees regarding equal opportunity standards for faith- and community-based organizations seeking to partner with state government;
  • Identifying effective practices for faith-based & community organizations that partner with their agency; and
  • Conducting outreach efforts to welcome faith-based & community organizations organizations that have not traditionally formed partnerships with the agency.

Additionally, liaisons must work together as the Interagency Coordinating Group and in conjunction with the Texas Nonprofit Council to:

  • Develop and implement a plan for improving contracting relationships between state agencies and faith-based & community organizations;
  • Develop best practices for cooperating and collaborating with faith-based & community organizations;
  • Identify and address duplication of services provided by the state and faith-based & community organizations; and
  • Identify and address gaps in state services that faith-based & community organizations could fill.

State Agency Liaisons

  • Texas State Commission on National and Community Service (OneStar)
    Chris Bugbee
    President & CEO (Chair)
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    Trenton Davis
    Procurements & Contracts, Financial Administration Division 
  • Texas Department of Agriculture
    Addie Stone
    Program Outreach Specialist
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice
    Pennie Kempt 
    Deputy Division Director, Rehabilitation Programs Division
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
    Anna Blake
    Director, Faith Based and Community Engagement
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission
    Kim Schenck
    Associate Commissioner
  • Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
    Elizabeth Yevich
    Director, Housing Resource Center
  • Texas Department of Information Resources
    John Hoffman
    Chief Technology Officer
  • Texas Department of Insurance
    Kenisha Schuster
    Government Relations Specialist
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
    Rhonda Lawson
    Major, Texas Highway Patrol
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
    Angelica Martinez
    Executive Operations & Support Unit Manager
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management
    Nim Kidd
    Chief
  • Texas Education Agency
    Jonathan (Jack) Reed
    Governmental Relations Specialist
  • Texas Juvenile Justice Department
    Preston Streufert
    Director of Stakeholder Relations
  • Texas Veterans Commission
    John L. Wilson
    Community & Faith Based Partner Coordinator, Veteran Mental Health Department
  • Texas Workforce Commission
    Tom McCarty
    Director, External Relations
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas
    Chris Burch
    Director, Customer Protection
  • Office of the Attorney General
    Annette Hernandez
    Communications Director
  • Office of the Comptroller
    Herman Mason
    Tax Policy Division, Indirect Taxes, Manager
  • Office of Secretary of State
    Vincent Houston
    Director of Administrative Services
  • Office of State-Federal Relations
    Thomas W. Hambrick
    Director
  • Office of the Texas Governor
    Gregory S. Davidson
    Executive Clerk & Director of Constituent Communications
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    Dr. Suchitra Gururaj
    Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement and Economic Development

Legislative Reports

Check out these reports for an inspiring look at how state agencies have collaborated with faith-based and community organizations over the years to better serve Texans. The Interagency Coordinating Group issues a report for the Texas Legislature each December.

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