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Ryan Poulos

Director of Communications

ryan.poulos@reca.org
Responsible for internal and external communications, media relations and marketing

Poulos plans and executes internal and external communications, including the development and dissemination of marketing, news and other messaging. He 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.

Poulos graduated Cum Laude from St. Edward’s University and earned a degree in communications with a minor in writing and rhetoric.


Katie Comer

Director of Development

katie.comer@reca.org
Handles membership and young professional programs

Comer joined the RECA staff on June 2014 as Director of Development. Comer 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.


A.J. Bingham

Director of Government Affairs

aj.bingham@reca.org

Responsible for RECA's political and policy efforts, with an emphasis on the City of Austin, but extending to the Central Texas region. Also manages RECA's City of Austin Policy and Regional Issues Committees.

Bingham previously worked at a leading Texas government procurement firm as a consultant with medium to Global Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that, he was legislative director for one of the state’s top lobbying firms, representing private and public sector clients on a range of state and local policy matters. He has also been an adjunct professor at Concordia University’s MBA program, teaching Business, Society and Public Policy.

In the community, Bingham serves on the boards of several organizations, including Caritas of Austin, Long Center for the Performing Arts, Young Men’s Business League of Austin and the Trail of Lights Foundation. He was a finalist in the 2013 Austin Under 40 Awards Government & Public Affairs category, and named a Rising Star in Capitol Inside's 2015 Texas Power Lobby Rankings.

Bingham graduated from the LBJ Math and Science Academy (now LASA). He received his B.A. in Political Science from Wake Forest University, and J.D. from Washburn University School of Law.