Board of Directors


Making Tarrant county better For All of Us

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.

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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