Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs - Building Homes and Strengthening Communities

TDHCA Governing Board

Overview of the Governing Board

The policy-making body of the agency is a seven-member board, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Texas Senate. The members hold office for staggered terms, with the terms of two or three members expiring on January 31 of each odd-numbered year. Members must be registered voters and may not hold another public office. These are non-salaried positions and the Governor designates the chair.

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Members of the TDHCA Board

Mr. J. Paul Oxer, PE, Chair
Appointed March 1, 2011

Dr. Juan Sanchez Muñoz, Vice-Chair
Appointed December 6, 2007

Ms. Leslie Bingham Escareño
Appointed January 23, 2008
Mr. Tom H. Gann
Appointed March 13, 2009
J. Mark McWatters
Appointed February 23, 2012

Robert D. Thomas
Appointed July 30, 2013

Biographical Information

Photo of Mr. OxerJ. Paul Oxer, PE, Chairman, of Sugar Land is managing director of McDaniell, Hunter & Prince Inc., where he specializes in transaction management and project development for investment in infrastructure such as water/wastewater utilities, renewable energy, electric transmission, and conventional gas-fired power. Prior to this, Oxer held a variety of senior management positions with Enron Energy Services, Azurix Corporation, and other engineering companies. Oxer earned his BSCE from Georgia Tech in 1973, and has served as a member of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s External Advisory Board since 2000. He has also been a member and chair of the University of Louisville's J. B. Speed Engineering School Industrial Board of Advisors, a trade policy advisor to the US Dept. of Commerce, held several national committee positions with technical organizations, and been a major fundraiser for the National MS Society.


Photo of Dr. MunozDr. Juan Sanchez Muñoz, Vice Chair, of Lubbock is an Associate Professor of Education and serves as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs and Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Community Engagement at Texas Tech University. As a Vice President and Vice Provost, Dr. Muñoz has oversight of 30 departments and serves on the President’s Advisory Council, Provost Staff, Provost Council, Dean’s Council, Academic Council, Strategic Planning Council, Strategic Enrollment Planning Council, and the Tier 1 Planning Group.

Dr. Muñoz received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a master’s degree from California State University, and a doctorate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Muñoz has served as a commissioner for the City of Lubbock Housing Authority, City of Lubbock Civil Service Commission, past President of the Board of Directors for the Lubbock Boys & Girls Club, and past Vice President of the Board of Directors of the South Plains Boy Scouts and is currently on the Board of Directors for Covenant Health System, Advisory Board of American State Bank, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Editorial Board, Board of Workforce Solutions South Plains, and is a director in the Texas Lyceum.


Photo of Ms. EscarenoLeslie Bingham Escareño of Brownsville is CEO of Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville. She is a board member and treasurer of Easter Seals of the Rio Grande Valley and board member of the Children's Museum of Brownsville. She is also past chair of the Valley AIDS Council and the San Benito Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Bingham Escareño is a member of the Texas Hospital Association's Council on Policy Development. She received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Mississippi and a master of business administration degree from the University of Texas-Pan American.


Photo of Mr. Tom H. GannMr. Tom H. Gann of Lufkin is president of Gann Medford Real Estate Inc., a full service brokerage firm in Lufkin. In addition, he is president of Tom Gann & Associates, a residential and commercial construction company. He is a past director of the East Texas Mortgage Finance Corporation and past Board member of the Angelina and Neches River Authority. A former chair of the Real Estate Center Advisory Committee at Texas A&M University, Gann previously served as a member of the Texas Strategic Military Planning Commission. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve and received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Baylor University.


Photo of J. Mark McWattersJ. Mark McWatters serves as the Director of Graduate Programs at the SMU Dedman School of Law. In such capacity, Mr. McWatters oversees the school's LL.M. and S.J.D. programs. In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor, teaching multiple courses in the taxation area. Mr. McWatters also teaches courses in taxation at the SMU Cox School of Business.

Immediately prior to joining the SMU Dedman School of Law, Mr. McWatters served as a member of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) Congressional Oversight Panel which was charged by Congress with overseeing the investment by the U.S. Treasury Department of $700 billion of taxpayer funds in a large array of significant financial and other institutions, including Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, GM, Chrysler, GMAC and AIG. Mr. McWatters was appointed to the TARP Panel by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.

Prior to his appointment to the TARP Panel, Mr. McWatters practiced for over twenty-five years as a domestic and cross-border tax, M&A and corporate finance attorney and served as a partner with Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Patton Boggs L.L.P. and Hughes & Luce L.L.P. (now K&L Gates L.L.P.) and as counsel with HBK Capital Management L.P. In addition, he served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Walter Ely of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles.

Mr. McWatters received his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He also received an LL.M. degree from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a James Kent Scholar, and an LL.M. degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Mr. McWatters is licensed to practice law in Texas and New York and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Texas.


Photo of Robert D. ThomasRobert D. Thomas is an attorney, businessman and principal of Thomas Consulting Group. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Austin Bar Association, Real Estate Council of Austin, and the Greater Austin and Westlake Chambers of Commerce, and is immediate past finance chair of the Entrepreneurs' Organization of Austin. He is a board member of the Northwest Austin Civic Association, and a member of the Austin Independent School District Bond Oversight Committee and Anderson High School Parent Teacher Student Association. He is also a past board member and board chair of SafePlace, and a past board member and past governance committee chair of the Austin Child Guidance Center. Thomas received a bachelor's degree from Loyola University, a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business.


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