Candace joined the Institute with extensive experience in school safety, emergency management, and public service. Throughout her career, she has been adept at developing and managing vertical relationships and collaborating on organizational and private sector issues. Prior to joining the Institute, Candace served as the Director for Emergency Management at the Texas Education Agency (TEA). She served as the project manager for TEA, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, assisting affected schools with their recovery efforts. Candace has provided guidance and support to public schools across the state on school safety issues.
Previously, Candace served in President George W. Bush’s administration as a director on the Homeland Security Advisory Council staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC. She oversaw all activities of the Private Sector Advisory Committee, consisting of industry leaders from across the country and led numerous task forces that focused on security, information sharing, and culture. Prior to her federal service, Candace was the Executive Director for the United Way of Midland, Texas where she managed all aspects of the organization, including fundraising, budget, program development, and staff management.