Dana Harmon has 18 years of leadership and management experience in the energy and consumer products industries. As Executive Director of TEPRI, Ms. Harmon has overall strategic and operational responsibility for execution of TEPRI’s mission to collect actionable data that industry partners can utilize to mitigate the energy costs of low-income consumers across Texas. Ms. Harmon brings experience from two prior start-ups, an engineering background, and a broad skillset in project management, operations, marketing, business development, and technology commercialization.
Prior to joining TEPRI, Ms. Harmon spent seven years in the oil and gas industry. She led the marketing and business development functions for an Austin Technology Incubator start-up providing geophysical technology to upstream operators. In this role, she drove the company’s first successful product launch, developed a robust opportunity pipeline, led demand generation activities, and managed several research projects with academia and industry in the United States and the Middle East.
Ms. Harmon worked previously in Houston, Texas where she managed the global marketing activities for a laboratory start-up bringing to market new exploration technologies serving oil and gas clients. In this role she was responsible for product management, market intelligence, brand development, and financial reporting for offices in the US, Colombia, Brazil, and the Middle East. She led joint industry projects focused on solving common challenges for operators and worked closely with clients, R&D, and operations teams to deliver value to her clients.
Ms. Harmon spent several years in management consulting, advised her clients on supply chain solutions including performance management programs, network strategies, and facilities and systems implementations across the United States.
Ms. Harmon earned a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She has received a Texas Venture Labs Award for Excellence in Energy Innovation, a certification in Marketing Strategy for Business Leaders from Cornell University, and is a Prosci™ certified Change Management Instructor. Her volunteer work includes serving on the advisory board for a local private school, serving on her neighborhood’s community enhancement committee, and volunteering with Child Advocates.
A native of Mississippi, Ms. Harmon enjoys live music and all things outdoors and is now very proud to call Austin home.
Samantha has been with TEPRI since our formation. She worked with TEPRI founder Becky Klein at the organization’s predecessor Power Across Texas. Samantha manages TEPRI’s programs, projects, and operations as well as communications initiatives.
Samantha is no stranger to wearing many hats and running multiple projects. She oversees TEPRI business operations by mixing her talent for strategy development and problem solving with a unique spirit of excellence. By combining her strengths in communication, campaign management, and organizational and strategy development, Samantha creates results and provides focus and execution to deliver high return on engagement. Samantha’s reputation is defined by her ability to help lead an organization to succeed by understanding unique needs and developing strategy and implementation plans.
In addition to TEPRI, Samantha manages an association of the nation’s largest public power utilities, works with a higher education research center in Texas and a runs a small public affairs firm.
Prior to joining the TEPRI, Samantha was an account manager in the interactive industry where she successfully ran local and state-wide interactive campaigns. Samantha has over 10 years of experience in business management including communications, development, event planning, nonprofits and public relations.
A native Texan, Samantha was raised on the Gulf Coast before moving to Austin to attended the University of Texas where she received her bachelor of science in public relations. In her spare time, Samantha owns and operates a wedding and special events venue in Buda, Texas.
Andrew received his master’s in global policy studies (MGPS) from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin in May 2020. His primary concentrations were on energy and environmental policy issues, both from a global perspective and with a focus on the Texas oil and gas industry. Andrew also focused on issues pertaining to climate migration in Oceania, water systems in Mexico City, and the environmental impacts of the global waste stream. He also received his bachelor’s of business administration (BBA) in marketing and international business with a minor in German from the University of Georgia in 2015.
Prior to joining the TEPRI team, Andrew worked for the Texas Senate Research Center during the 87th Texas Legislative Session. During his undergraduate studies, Andrew had the opportunity to work for both a Berlin-based international consultancy and at the United States Embassy in Berlin. Andrew also worked for a small digital marketing consultancy in Durango, CO. He is a native of Atlanta, GA and enjoys international travel and outdoor adventures.
Taylor Neal joined the TEPRI team in September 2021. Having worked in the nonprofit world, they understand the complexities and hard work it takes to build a vision to help others. Taylor’s talents lie in executing vision. From operations management to donor relations to social media and visual design, Taylor can wear many hats to get the job done.
They earned their bachelor’s degree in History with a focus in curatorial practices and museum leadership from Texas State University. After graduation they moved to New York City for a couple of years where they were shaped by the mosaic of people, culture, and most importantly, food! Some of Taylor’s greatest strengths are a can-do attitude and ability to think on their feet.
Taylor prioritizes coming along side businesses to provide organization and execution of everyday goals that pave the way to success.
Quality time with friends and hiking with their dog Augustine, are their favorite after work activities, often combining both while exploring the Green Belt in Austin, TX.
Dreek is pursuing his Master’s degree in Global Policy Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. His main research interests revolve around both environmental and energy policy, climate migration, and sustainable development.
Prior to attending UT Austin, Dreek studied Political Science and Economics at Winthrop University, where he was able to conduct independent research on the environmental crisis of the 21st century. Before completing his undergraduate studies, he was able to get his research abstract published by the university’s database for undergraduate research.
Dreek Morgan is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and enjoys playing basketball, serving with his church, and watching the Charlotte Hornets.
Evan is a recent graduate of the George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and geography. He is currently a first year Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) candidate at the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Evan’s areas of focus during his undergraduate studies involved the intersection of environmental policy and urban development, particularly the implementation of sustainable urban infrastructure in cities throughout Latin America. At LBJ, Evan hopes to continue to build upon his undergraduate research in the field of environmental policy issues, particularly climate change mitigation strategies, urban resilience, and the impacts of environmental degradation on migration flows throughout the western hemisphere.
Outside the classroom, Evan interned in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the 16th congressional district of Texas, where he conducted research relating to veterans’ affairs, climate mitigation strategies, and affordable housing throughout the district. He also conducted research at the Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) at GW’s Elliott School for International Affairs, analyzing and mapping global data governance policies and laws across three continents and fifty-two countries. The preliminary research was part of a larger project, titled the Global Data Governance Project, conducted by the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub.