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.
Margaret Keliher is a practicing lawyer. She is the former Dallas County Judge, charged with overseeing the Dallas County Commissioners Court, and the former Judge of the 44th Civil District Court.
After her term as Dallas County Judge, she was with the law firm of Locke Lord before being asked to become the Executive Director of Texas Business for Clean Air. Prior to becoming a Judge, Margaret practiced law with Jones Day and was a felony prosecutor in the Dallas District Attorney’s office. Prior to attending law school, Margaret was a CPA with Deloitte. Margaret holds a JD from SMU’s Dedman School of Law and a BS in accounting from the University of Virginia.
Margaret is married to Lester Keliher and proud mother of three children: Margaret, Joseph, and Alex.
Margaret believes in giving back to the community. She currently serves or has served, on numerous boards.
Margaret is a member of the following professional associations: Texas Bar, Dallas Bar Association, American Law Institute, and Texas Society of CPAs.
Margaret is a Past President of Executive Women of Dallas, International Women’s Forum-Dallas, and Charter 100.
She is the first, and only, female to serve as Dallas County Judge in the history of Dallas County. She is the recipient of the Vision of Hope Award, and the recipient of various awards in connection with her work for Clean Air throughout the North Texas region. She is also the recipient of the Rosewood Award.
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..
Over the last 10 years Adrianne has called east Austin home. When she first arrived in Austin, she worked for the nonprofit Keep Austin Beautiful, and led environmental education, community engagement and events. She has a background in wildlife biology from Penn State and landscape architecture from UT. She enjoys bringing people together to collaborate and practices as a landscape architect here in town. She enjoys being with friends, hiking, reading, learning and exploring always.
Gareth Harrier holds two degrees from Texas A&M University including a Masters in arboriculture. After graduating, he went to work for the Bartlett Tree Expert Company where he has over the last 18 years moved from tree worker and plant health care specialist, to arborist representative, and ultimately to local manager. In 2019, the Dallas and Southlake offices split and Gareth became manager of the Southlake office, overseeing the western half of the metroplex, including his hometown of Fort Worth.
He has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 2005, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist since 2011, and holds the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. He is a longtime executive board member of the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council where he is currently past-president, and sits on the Urban Design Commission for the City of Fort Worth where he advises on matters regarding the city’s tree ordinance.
Gareth also helps manage several local research projects under the direction of the Bartlett Tree Research Lab in Charlotte, North Carolina, and teaches several courses of the Citizen Forester training and ISA Certified Arborist prep course each year. He lives in Fort Worth with his wife and seven-year-old son.
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)
Margaret Lloyd (Houston)
John L. Nau, III (Houston)
Mary Wallace (Blanco)