Austin, TX | Board Chair
President, Lilliput Management Co.
Chief Marketing Officer, American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC)
Jason Wills is the owner and president of Lilliput Management, a real estate company that specializes in the portfolio management of affordable housing communities in Texas.
As chief marketing officer for ACC, Jason is responsible for the marketing and communication strategies at American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC), ensuring the alignment between the brand and the customer experience is always at the forefront. To date, Jason has spearheaded more than 60 ACC developments in more than 20 states, totaling more than 50,000 beds, just shy of 18 million square feet, and valued at more than $3.5 billion in development.
Jason is a frequent speaker on the planning and development of all types of student communities at national conferences like NACUBO, NACAS, NASPA, ACPA, APPA and ACUHO-I. In 2004, Wills was a member of the senior management team that took the company public, making ACC the first REIT focused solely on student housing. Jason has been a board member of Ballet Austin since 2014.
Houston, TX | Treasurer and Executive Committee
Senior Proposal Manager, Baker Hughes
Philip Gould is a native Texan who has worked for one of the largest corporations in the US, General Electric (GE), for over 10 years and had the opportunity to live and work in locations across the globe like Tokyo, Belfast, Montreal and Dubai. He has held roles in both corporate finance and commercial operations focus on driving efficiency and corporate strategy.
One of the exciting initiatives he and his commercial team are currently focused is on building awareness within Oil & Gas to the benefits of the electrification of the frac industry. The turbine technology they offer has the potential to substantially reduce fuel costs as well as the emissions, noise pollution and number of vehicles associated with that industry. It makes sense both economically and environmentally.
He is an advance certified scuba diver and a self-described amateur gardener. Several years ago, he ran the Houston Marathon and while extensively training for the event he discovered the local beauty of the extensive parks that run along Houston’s many bayous. These parks provided not only a route for him to train but also a green space that nearby residents could enjoy despite living in the heart of the 4th largest city in the US. Now as a father, he works to foster the same love of the outdoors in his children. He believes it is critical to provide that opportunity to others which is why the mission of Scenic Texas to enhance the visual environment for all Texans, and not just those living in our immediate neighborhoods, speaks so strongly to him.
Philip earned a Master of Business Administration from University of Texas in Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in German from Southern Methodist University.
MARISSA MCKINNEY ASLA
Austin, TX | Coleman & Associates
|Marissa moved from Phoenix, Arizona in 2014 to join Coleman & Associates. Though she is a Nevada native, Marissa graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University. Marissa’s work experience in Phoenix was varied which allows her to be prepared for the breadth of work that C&A performs. Marissa currently serves as Texas Secretary and has served as the Central Texas Section Chair, Chair Elect and Secretary/Treasurer for the American Society of Landscape Architects. She currently sits on the Leadership Development Committee for the Real Estate Council of Austin and is involved in their Policy Committee as well. She has worked a variety of projects including Master Planned Communities, Environmental Graphics, Higher Education, Commercial Office Building Renovation, and Multifamily projects as well as helping to nurture, grow and build the relationships that C&A has fostered with clients.|
Houston, TX | Scenic Houston Board
Lawyer with Parker & Sanchez
Equally comfortable in federal court in Houston and South Texas, Cooke Kelsey focuses his practice on civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. His experience spans issues as varied as financial fraud, international contract disputes, civil forfeiture, cross-border white collar criminal defense, real estate disputes, federal civil rights class actions, wrongful termination, FLSA, legal malpractice defense. Whatever the issue, Cooke works hard to achieve great results without ego or fanfare..
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Harlan Crow (Dallas)
Albert “Boo” Hausser (San Antonio)
Christopher M. Harte (Austin)
Karen Huber (Spicewood)
Jodie L. Jiles (Houston)
Mavis Kelsey (Houston)
Ann Lilly (El Paso)
Perry Lorenz (Austin)
John L. Nau, III (Houston)
Mary Wallace (Blanco)