Dianne Bangle is responsible for developing and executing RECA’s overall strategy and managing its day-to-day operations. As CEO, she forges alliances, establishes and maintains relationships with government officials and civic leaders, and ensures that RECA is involved in decisions surrounding Austin’s growth.
Dianne Bangle oversees the administration of the organization, including its annual budget and goals. Bangle was selected to lead RECA in April 2017.
Prior to taking the reins at RECA, Bangle served as the Executive Director of Development at the University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business, where she served as a key member of the Dean’s development staff, managed a team of major gift and annual giving officers, created donor and stewardship strategy and led capital campaigns and major projects.
Prior to that, Bangle served for 12 years as the Executive Director of Shoes for Austin, a startup and incentive-based nonprofit organization that provided new athletic shoes to tens of thousands of deserving children at more than 40 social services agencies around Central Texas.
Born and raised in Seattle, Dianne has lived in Austin for more than 20 years. She's also a licensed attorney who holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington.
Geoffrey Tahuahua directs and advises RECA's policy and advocacy initiatives and works to address issues that affect the commercial real estate industry. Additionally, he manages RECA's City of Austin Policy & CodeNext and Regional Issues Committees.
Prior to working for RECA, Tahuahua worked for the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, representing them and leading their advocacy efforts in over 30 municipalities in a six-county area. He has also served as District Director for State Representative Lyle Larson, and consulted for numerous political campaigns in San Antonio and throughout the state, including Susan Pamerleau for Sheriff, Lyle Larson for State Representative, Elisa Chan for City Council, Kevin Wolff for County Commissioner, and others.
A graduate of St. Mary’s University, Tahuahua has more than nine years of experience working in politics and government with a passion for tackling problems at the local level. He also serves on the board for Hays County Emergency Services District #1.
Ryan Poulos is responsible for communications, media relations and marketing. He plans and executes internal and external communications, including the development and dissemination of marketing, news and other messaging. Poulos also oversees the website, blog and social media, developing content to consistently articulate RECA’s positions. He also coordinates strategic media interaction and manages RECA's Communications Committee.
Prior to joining RECA, Poulos served as a communications manager at the Texas Land Title Association where he was responsible for marketing, product development and the publication of association news and website content. He also previously worked as a journalist at a weekly business newspaper in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. In 2014, he won the Texas Society of Association Executive's Young Professional Leadership Award, and in 2017 he earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential.
Poulos graduated Cum Laude from St. Edward’s University and earned a degree in communications with a minor in writing and rhetoric.
Katie Comer handles RECA's membership and young professional programs. She also spearheads development efforts in membership and new revenue streams as the organization continues to grow.
Comer spent 10 years in Washington, DC working on Capitol Hill for Congressmen Ralph Hall and Lamar Smith. She gained experience in both the personal and Committee offices and her responsibilities included scheduling, event planning, fundraising, and administration coordination.
Originally from Tyler, Comer graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration focused on marketing and management. She is actively involved in the community as a member of the Junior League of Austin and the Austin Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club.
Hannah Gabel handles the planning and execution of all social events and fundraisers, including RECA’s annual black tie gala, KnockOut Night, the RECA Exchange half-day conference, the RECA Charity Golf Classic as well as networking happy hours and luncheons. She also co-manages the Leadership Development Council program and designs flyers and marketing materials for RECA events.
Prior to joining RECA as the Director of Events, Gabel led the marketing department at Stream Realty Partners’ Austin office. In this role, she and the creative team developed multi-faceted print, web, email, direct mail and public relations campaigns and provided event marketing for both internal and external clients.
Gabel grew up in Austin and attended Westlake High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Boston University in Advertising and History.
Abbie Matthews assists with general office management to facilitate communications and operations. She is the initial face of RECA as the receptionist and assists with day-to-day duties for events, communications and memberships. Matthews provides support for all RECA events and assists with event registration, social media and other general inquires.
Prior to joining RECA as the Office Administrator, Matthews worked as a legal file clerk for Germer, Beaman, & Brown PLLC and attended graduate school in Flagstaff, Arizona. She has experience in event planning and marketing for the Conference on Student Government Associations and media production experience with the Texas A&M Athletic Department.
Matthews grew up in Austin and attended Westlake High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University in Communications.