Anna believes in turning her pain into power. After overcoming the struggles of being a gay teenager in Texas, she made it her mission to create an easy and safe way for LGBT+ youth to unite -- because there is strength in numbers. Anna began developing SanghaLink in 2013, starting with a website where LGBT+ youth could safely connect. She continues the work to expand SanghaLink and travels across the country speaking and advocating on behalf of LGBT+ youth.
I work with entrepreneurs and business leaders to design new technologies that enable harmony between a company, their customers, and our planet. From idea to launched website or mobile app, I partner with teams on the full journey with an emphasis on amazing user experience.
Deece Eckstein is currently the Intergovernmental Relations Officer for Travis County, Texas, where he coordinates legislative policy development and advocacy for the Commissioners Court. In addition, he spent six years as the chief of staff to state Senator Rodney Ellis from Houston and three years as a senior advisor to Governor Ann Richards, who also appointed him to the State Board of Insurance.
Katy Farrar is a Senior Paralegal at Thompson Coe law firm, and has been very active in the Austin civic community, including service as Membership Outreach Co-Chair for the Austin Human Rights Campaign.