Interim Executive Director
Margo has over 20 years of experience building innovative solutions and opportunities for underserved communities. Margo has been instrumental in TEPRI’s success since 2014, helping conceptualize and launch TEPRI in 2014, and serving as a member of the TEPRI Board since 2015, most recently as the Board’s Chair.
Margo is the founding Partner at City Lights Group, a strategic consulting firm established in 2011. Margo’s work focuses on the nexus of entrepreneurship and social mission. She works with private and public sector clients to create strategic roadmaps, devise revenue and capital models, and conceptualize and build new impact programs. She has devised programs to address a variety of social, health, and economic needs, created social investment tools for philanthropists, and devised strategic roadmaps for public, corporate and nonprofit enterprises.
Prior to starting City Lights Group, Margo was a founder and CEO at PeopleFund, a statewide CDFI in Texas that finances small business and social ventures. Under her 15-year leadership, PeopleFund grew to a nationally recognized and award-winning CDFI and thought leader on economic opportunity, housing, and social entrepreneurship. PeopleFund produced an annual Economic Summit and created PeopleTrust, Texas’ first affordable housing land trust. To date, PeopleFund has invested more than $130 million in underserved communities.
Margo has also served as an adjunct professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has taught graduate level courses on designing effective community initiatives and impact investing.
A champion of innovative ideas, Margo has authored numerous editorials and reports, including the chapter on small business and entrepreneurship for “The NEXT American Opportunity: Good Policies for a Great America.” She has provided leadership on national and local boards, including the National CDFI Coalition and the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations. She has also served as Chairwoman for the Austin Mayor’s Small Business Task Force, and as a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism in Finance/Banking.
Margo has received extensive recognition for her work, including the Exceptional Executive Leadership Award (Austin Community Foundation); “Profiles in Power” winner (Austin Business Journal); Social Entrepreneur of the Year (Ernst & Young); and “Austinite of the Year” (Austin Under 40).
Additionally, Margo was chosen as a distinguished German Marshall Fellow, which prepares leaders across the U.S. and Europe to participate in transatlantic relations.
Director of Research Programs
Bobuchi came to TEPRI with a combined 8 years of research and professional experience in healthcare, commercial, and multifamily residential construction, real estate sustainability management, environmental justice, climate policy, and decision analysis. Bobuchi’s research interests are human-centered and at the nexus of energy, focusing on equity, health and well-being, and socio-technical climate resilience. Specifically, she focuses on research that involves building performance, energy resilience and energy equity, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), construction technology, and developing solutions related to sustainability and climate resilience in the built environment that support decision-making for non-expert and non-technical stakeholders.
She has published multiple journal and conference papers related to IEQ, energy efficiency, construction management, sustainable transportation, climate resilience of the built environment, and climate based digital health. She frequently lectures and engages with panels on social justice and equity, climate resilience, and occupant health and well-being. She is excited to develop impactful research projects at TEPRI that will improve clean and affordable energy access for underserved and marginalized communities and promote sustainable and resilience communities through practical and educational initiatives. She is also excited to collaborate and engage with minority households, specifically Black and Brown households who have existing risk factors and are predominantly excluded from strategic planning on clean and just energy transitions.
Bobuchi holds a Ph.D. in Architecture-Engineering-Construction Management from Carnegie Mellon University, a MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and a BS in Construction Engineering Management Technology from Purdue University. As part of her dissertation, she developed the flood and heat stress resilience Re-HOUSED Decision Support Toolkit for self-builders in coastal Nigeria.
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.
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.