Brian Sweany

Senior Vice President for Communications

Brian has nearly thirty years of experience in journalism, communications, and governmental relations.

He previously served as a principal at Genuine Article, a Dallas-based public affairs firm where he focused on strategic communications, public policy, issues management, and thought leadership for one of the country’s most prominent non-profits. He has also served as the communications director for state agencies, developed the communication strategies for public policy initiatives at the Texas Legislature, and helped increase the visibility of numerous Texas-based companies.

A proud alum of TEXAS MONTHLY, he started his journalism career there as an intern, in 1996, and ultimately served as Editor-in-Chief until he resigned, in 2016. He led the magazine’s political coverage for multiple legislative sessions, and in his final year, he was named to the Folio 100 as an “Up and Coming Trailblazer” for leading “one of the highest quality regional magazines in the US, where editorial excellence is the norm.” That same year, TEXAS MONTHLY won the award for General Excellence, the highest honor given by the City and Regional Magazine Association.

He is an active advisory board member of the Texas Book Festival, the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas, and the Green Amendment for the Generations. He lives in Austin with his wife, Noelle, who is a professor at Texas A&M; their two children Madeline and Colin; and a golden-doodle named Blue. In his free time you can find him on the tennis court trying not to double-fault.