Board of Directors


Making Tarrant county better For All of Us

Allison Campolo


Allison Campolo was born and raised in Irving, TX. The daughter of a political family, Allison grew up knocking doors and stuffing letters for Democratic candidates in Dallas County as her father ran for judge from 2002-2006. She saw firsthand how collaborative efforts can turn a red county blue.

While finishing her PhD in biomedical science, Allison and her husband moved to Tarrant County to be closer to his job. After running for office herself in the State Senate District 10 primary in 2018, she went on to manage the coordinated campaign for Tarrant County Democrats. This coalition of candidates and volunteers led to flipping 3 districts in the county, and Beto taking the county. Passionate about bringing this coalition-building potential to the 2020 cycle in Tarrant County, Allison formed the Tarrant Together PAC in order to empower all voters.

Vanessa Adia

Community Outreach Committee

Vanessa is an award-winning teacher who serves at her neighborhood public middle school and teaches her daughters and students to study hard and dream big. In 2017, she realized that if she wanted her kids to keep dreaming big, she needed to do everything she could to remove the obstacles that keep her students and children from achieving their version of the American Dream. With a crew of volunteers and staff that were new to politics, she waged a run for Congressional District 12 in Fort Worth that focused on building relationships with neighbors and inspiring them to use their political power by voting. Tarrant Together is a continuation of that mission and Vanessa is proud to join in the efforts of inspiring and our empowering our neighbors to use their vote. As Vanessa says, “Our voices have power, and when we stand together, that power is amplified.”

Gwenn Burud

Community Outreach Committee

A proud native of Fort Worth, Gwenn wears a variety of hats including wife, mother, deaf education teacher, activist, and most recently, the 2018 Democratic nominee for Texas Senate District 9.

Now it’s time to continue the work of insuring the citizens of Tarrant County have the tools they need to let their voices be heard at the polls. Gwenn believes that our system of checks and balances is being dismantled, leaving us unprotected.” She is particularly concerned to see Texas legislators making extreme cuts to public education, which has led to underfunded school systems and overcrowded classrooms, overwhelmed teachers, and underserved students. Gwenn, is committed to making real progress on this issue and in other areas that make a real difference in the lives of real people.

Jamie Downing

Community Outreach Committee

Bio Coming Soon.

Vance Keys

Community Outreach Committee

Vance is a former Marine and dedicated public servant with over 20 years of experience. He is an advocate for government transparency and accountability, with a special emphasis on community engagement and police reform. Most recently, he was the Democratic candidate for Tarrant County Sheriff (2020). He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police, Leadership Command College-Texas, and earned a Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution.


Beth Llewellyn McLaughlin

Community Outreach Committee

Beth is an award-winning retired public school teacher. She taught for 32 years, 29 of them at Southwest High School in Fort Worth. At 17 she spent a year as an exchange student in France, which led her to pursue a degree in French, German, and Political Science at the University of Nebraska. Beth’s passion for public education, social justice, equality for women, and access to healthcare inspired her to run for Texas House District 97 State Representative in 2018. Currently, Beth is a caregiver for her husband John, a cancer survivor. She is also honored to serve as a volunteer docent at the Kimbell Art Museum.

Steve Riddell

Community Outreach Committee

Steve has lived in Texas for almost all his adult life – 28 years now.  He lives in Euless with his wife, his two brilliant children, and his two mostly obedient dogs.

In 2010, when the Citizens United case was decided, he decided to do whatever he could to balance the pernicious influence of money in politics, and showed up at the Tarrant County Democratic Party offices to participate in phone banks for the Bill White for Governor campaign.  He volunteered for Organizing for America in 2012 and organized local phone banks to call out to swing states and assist with Obama’s reelection campaign.  In 2014, he was a Tarrant County Democratic Party ambassador and a precinct chair for his neighborhood in Bedford.  He also served as the social media director for Tina Penney, 2014’s Democratic candidate for the Texas House in District 92.  In 2017, when the antics from the 85th Legislature convinced him that he had to do more, he announced a run for the Texas House of Representatives in District 92.

In a district where the most recent vote split had been 62% Republican and 38% Democratic, Steve built a grassroots campaign based on the issue of public education funding, and District 92 saw the second biggest move to the left of any district in the State of Texas, and came within five thousand votes of defeating a firmly entrenched Republican incumbent: 49.8% to 47.4%.  

Veronica Penrod

Director of Communications

Veronica is a marketing and design professional with over 15 years experience with creative development, marketing, and social media. Veronica was recently the Campaign Manager for Vanessa Adia, candidate for US Congress in Fort Worth’s Congressional District 12. Through her work on the campaign, Veronica became a seasoned political force, making connections and inspiring voters and volunteers throughout Tarrant County.

Veronica is also a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and has previously served on the board as Media Director for Tarrant County Gay Pride Association. A TCU alumni, Veronica lives in southwest Fort Worth with her family while working full time as the Creative Director for a Chicago-based communications agency.

Alisa Simmons

Community Outreach Committee

Bio Coming Soon.


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