Grant Advisory Committee

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The Grant Advisory Committee (GAC) provides oversight and serves in an advisory role to the Audit Committee and Finance Commission. The GAC assists with the selection of grant recipients by reviewing applications and providing recommendations to the Audit Committee. Currently, the GAC consists of six members with unique knowledge and skills to effectively manage the TFEE grant program.

 

 

 

 

 

Head shot image of Molly Curl - Finance Commission Representative, RichardsonMargaret (Molly) Curl - Finance Commission Representative, Richardson

Margaret (Molly) Curl of Richardson is a retired partner with Grant Thornton LLP. Prior to that, she was part of the senior management team for entities controlled by Beal Financial Corporation. Curl began her career with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Chicago and Dallas, as a national bank examiner. She is on the board of Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. (Parent company of Guaranty Bank & Trust NA headquartered in Mt. Pleasant). Curl is also on the board of First National Bank of America in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, she served as a director for OPEN, Inc., and St. Paul School. Curl earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from John Carroll University. She is also a Texas licensed certified public accountant.

 

Head shot image of Laura Nassri Warren - Finance Commission Representative, PalmhurstLaura Nassri Warren - Finance Commission Representative, Palmhurst

Laura Nassri Warren of Palmhurst is founder and principal owner of The Warren Group Architects, Inc. in McAllen. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and its LRGV Chapter and the Texas Society of Architects. She is the former chairman of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, McAllen Foreign Trade Zone, McAllen Intermodal, and the McAllen International Museum of Arts and Science and a member of the Texas A&M International Advisory Board. Additionally, she is the former president of the International Women’s Board of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and vice president of the Easter Seals of McAllen Executive Board. Warren received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.

 

Head shot image of Roy C. Lopez - Finance Education Consultant, DallasRoy C. Lopez – Financial Education Consultant, Dallas

Lopez leads the Dallas Federal Reserve’s community development function, promoting economic mobility and resiliency for low- and moderate-income communities through resources, data analysis and convening that connect them to opportunities in the mainstream economy. He also chairs the bank’s community leadership initiatives and is a member of the subcommittee on community affairs for the Federal Reserve System.  A graduate of Texas A&M University-College Station, he has a master’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and is a 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar.

 

Head shot image of Eric Norrington - Credit Access Business Industry Representative, IrvingEric Norrington - Credit Access Business Industry Representative, Irving

Eric Norrington is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at ACE Cash Express. Eric is a graduate of Texas Christian University and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. In 2004, Eric founded the ACE Community Fund, ACE’s charitable-giving program that supports organizations that help children, provide education and promote financial literacy. Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors for FiSCA, the Financial Service Centers of America.

 

Head shot image of Steven O'Shields - Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending Representative, AustinSteven O’Shields - Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending Representative, Austin

Steven O’Shields is the Director of Licensing and Information Resources for the Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending. He is a graduate of Corpus Christi State University and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry or its regulation. Steven has previously served on the boards of Jump$tart and March of Dimes

 

 

Head shot image of Laura Rosen - Consumer Advocate Representative, AustinLaura Rosen - Consumer Advocate Representative, Austin

Laura Rosen joined the University of Texas at Austin in 2019 as the Head of Programs for Impact Factory, a hub for civic entrepreneurship and innovation that is a joint initiative between the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Dell Medical School. Prior to Dell Med, Laura worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities for 8 years, managing CPPP’s quality jobs and financial empowerment portfolio of work, and worked as a Program Analyst at Central Health. Laura started her career as a Fulbright Scholar in Peru. Laura completed her Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Laura serves as a mentor for the City of Austin’s Challenge Studio business incubator.