The Austin Young Chamber welcomes the addition of five Central Texas young professionals to the Board of Directors. This year’s Board of Directors will be chaired by Adam Steele.
We’re thrilled to welcome the new Austin Young Chamber board members! Our new board members bring a wealth of knowledge and diverse experiences, with backgrounds in entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and legal expertise across multiple industries. Above all else, our new board members have a shared passion for developing the young professionals of the Austin Business Community.Adam Steele, 2022 Austin Young Chamber Board Chair
Learn more about the new board members below and view the full Board of Directors here.
Manager | BKD CPAs and Advisors
Lara is a CPA with several years of experience in financial accounting, tax preparation, tax planning, tax consulting and compliance.
She went to college in Tennessee and worked there for a few years before choosing Texas as her next destination. Since her move to Austin in 2016, Lara has been actively involved in the Texas Society of CPAs (TXCPA). She currently serves statewide on the TXCPA Board of Directors and locally as the President-Elect for the Austin Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs.
CEO | GivePulse
A community activist, soccer and dragon boat fanatic, with a passion for addressing community initiatives. George loves using tech to help change the world for the good and knows very well the problems it can create too. George is cofounder and CEO of GivePulse, a platform to coordinate all community engagement and giving initiatives. George spent much of his early career developing technology for people with disabilities and worked with upstarts and large corporations like IBM and HomeAway/Expedia.
He has served as a board member of City of Austin Volunteer & Service, Austin Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau, KLRU (Local PBS) Advisory Board, Open Door Preschool, and was a City Commissioner for Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities. George is a TEDxAustin speaker, SXSW Dewey Honoree, and he and GivePulse have been honored for their work as White House Champions for Change.
Head of Corporate Communications | Rev.com
Danielle is Head of Corporate Communications at Rev.com. Rev provides speech-to-text services powered by AI and a community of freelancers.
Prior to her role at Rev, Danielle was vice president, marketing & communications, for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, leading the organization’s media relations program, social media presence, and communications strategy.
Danielle served under Commissioner George P. Bush as the first-ever social media strategist at the Texas General Land Office, earning Texas’ oldest state agency the title of “Best State Agency on Twitter” from the Texas Social Media Research Institute two years in a row. Prior to her time at the Land Office, she played a key role in managing digital content for Gov. Greg Abbott’s initial gubernatorial campaign.
President & Founder | Simply Home
Ashley Wainscott, Founder and President of Simply Home, has transformed the home renovation process and made waves as a female business owner in a male-dominated industry.
After graduating with an Entrepreneurship degree from St. Edward’s University, Ashley recognized the need for a simpler and reliable home improvement process and launched Simply Home (was Simply Sold). Simply Home is a remodeling agency that eliminates surprises by pushing for accountability and demanding quality.
After eight years, her business has beautified more than 1,800 homes, garnering rave reviews and earning the trust of homeowners. In the coming years, Ashley plans to expand her business’ unique approach into new markets by launching Simply Home Franchise, LLC.
Partner | Jackson Walker LLP
Scott Weatherford is a trial attorney and partner at Jackson Walker LLP. He maintains a comprehensive complex litigation practice focusing on intellectual property, trade secret, and technology-related commercial disputes. Scott advocates on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and local business owners in state courts, federal courts, arbitrations, and administrative agencies across the state of Texas. He has been recognized by Austin Monthly as one of Austin’s Top Attorneys and by Thomson Reuters as a Texas Rising Star.
Scott is a native Austinite and attended the University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate degree. After spending three long years in Waco for law school, he returned to Austin and married his high school sweetheart. Scott is a proud #girldad, and when he is not wrangling his three daughters he and his wife enjoy exploring the many breweries Austin has to offer.