TRAIL OF LIGHTS FOUNDATION

An authentically Austin community celebration

The Trail of Lights Foundation is an independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to producing the Austin Trail of Lights as an authentically Austin community celebration. The organization raises the funds from donations by individuals and the business community to produce and ensure the long-term sustainability of Austin’s largest community celebration. It is curated in close conjunction with its long-time partners, Forefront Networks and 3Can Events, who provide turn-key production, marketing, sponsorship and programming services to the foundation. The Trail of Lights has remained in the top three Austin events since the Trail of Lights Foundation adopted the event in 2012.

Meet Our board of directors

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President

Leah Davies, LMSW serves on the staff of UT Austin, Center for Disability Studies. In this role, Ms. Davies works to build collaboration across the state, facilitate program development, provide education, and engage stakeholders. Davies has 10 years of experience working in the non-profit sector in Austin and is committed personally and professionally to social justice. Davies graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to her work with the Trail of Lights...

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Executive Director

James Russell is the Executive Director of the Trail of Lights Foundation. He has oversight of the Trail of Lights event focusing primarily on the community outreach and government relations. As an active member in the Austin community, James also serves as the Vice President of the Police Activities League of Austin and as the Chair of the Parkland Events Taskforce appointed by the Austin City Council.

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Mark Williams, currently serves on the Austin Community College board of trustees, Place 1. Former president of the Austin Independent School District board of trustees, Williams is a graduate of the University of Texas, and worked in finance, audit and consulting capacities at Dell Inc. and Arthur Andersen. He served on the Austin ISD board from 2004-2012, and acted as president of the board from 2006-2012. Mark is active in the Austin community, currently serving on the board of Austin Partners in Education, Austin Public Education Foundation, Communities in Schools, United Way of Texas,...

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A.J. Bingham is Founder and CEO of The Bingham Group, an Austin-based full service lobbying firm representing and advising clients on legislative and regulatory matters throughout Texas. Active in the community, he also serves on the boards of the Young Men's Business League of Austin and Long Center for the Performing Arts.

A.J. attended Austin ISD schools and graduated from the LBJ Math and Science Academy (now the Liberal Arts and Science Academy). He received his B.A. in Political Science from Wake Forest University, and law degree from Washburn University School of Law.

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Mario Espinoza, public affairs consultant. He has oversight responsibilities of the engineering, toll operations, communications and community outreach divisions. Prior to his work with the Mobility Authority, he was in the External Affairs division of the Lower Colorado River Authority. He also worked for the City of Austin for more than 11 years in the City Manager’s Office and Austin Energy.

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As CEO of A Brand Called U and Founder of Leader Ship Box, Rachel has cultivated her passion for public relations and brand management into multifaceted award winning businesses that operate successfully in competitive arenas such as sports, lifestyle, tech, non-profit, and subscription box services. Rachel's clients have been featured in outlets such as Forbes, Essence, Black Enterprise, CNN, Crain's Business, Inc. Magazine, Mix Mag, and more. Rachel holds a Masters degree in Marketing and as an advocate for continued education she teaches small business courses on public relations,...

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Nicholas C. Miller is a shareholder at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody. Nicholas’ practice focuses on both commercial and residential transactional real estate matters and the representation of land and mineral owners in oil and gas transactions. Nicholas graduated with a degree in economics from Washington and Lee University and received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. In addition to his involvement with the Trail of Lights Foundation, Nicholas is an active member of the Dell Children’s Trust, the Austin Chapter of the Stewards of the Wild benefitting...

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