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.

TDHCA board meeting information is available on TDHCA’s Board Meeting Center page at https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/board/meetings.htm

Members of the TDHCA Board

Mr. Leo Vasquez, Chair
Term Expires: January 31, 2023
Mr. Paul A. Braden
Term Expires: January 31, 2023
Mr. Kenny Marchant
Term Expires: January 31, 2025
Mr. Ajay Thomas
Term Expires: January 31, 2025
Mr. Brandon Batch
Term Expires: January 31, 2021
Ms. Sharon Thomason
Term Expires: January 31, 2021

Biographical Information

Photo of Mr VasquezLeo Vasquez of Houston is a corporate finance and business management consultant. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice and former gubernatorial appointee and chairman of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation. He is a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Texas Advisory Board (USGLC) and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Additionally, he is a former board member of Houston’s Greater East End Management District, the Harris County Appraisal District, Harris County Health Facilities Development Corporation and served as the Harris County Tax Assessor–Collector and Voter Registrar. Vasquez received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

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Photo of Mr. MarchantThe Honorable Kenny Marchant of Coppell has spent nearly 40 years as a leader in the community, most recently in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 24th Congressional District of Texas. He retired in January 2021. During his tenure, he served on numerous committees including the House Committee on Ways & Means – often referred to as the most influential committee because of its broad jurisdiction including tax policy, Social Security, trade, and Medicare. Prior to serving in Congress, Marchant served on the Carrollton City Council and was elected in 1984 as Mayor of Carrollton. In 1987, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and made his reputation as a savvy, behind-the-scenes legislator and consensus-builder. In the process, he was named “Top Ten Legislator” and “Peacemaker” by Texas Monthly and “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Municipal League. Marchant was Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Investments, where he authored legislation strengthening oversight of credit unions, allowing interstate branch banking, enforcing state laws relating to corporate fraud, securing public investments, and allowing access to home equity. He also served as Chairman of the State Affairs Committee.

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Photo of Mr. BatchBrandon Batch of Midland received his degree in public relations from Texas Tech University. Upon graduation, Batch worked in Washington, D.C., as a senior legislative staffer for Texas congressman Michael McCaul. He advised the congressman on issues ranging from foreign policy and defense, to trade and tax policy. Batch is a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Institute for Scholars and a partner at the Austin-based restaurant Bird Bird Biscuit, which was named best new restaurant in Austin in 2018. After concluding a run for the 11th U.S. Congressional District in Texas, Batch was appointed by Governor Abbott to serve on the TDHCA governing board. He is also the business development manager for Ventura Management, a Midland-based oil and gas company, where he works to acquire mineral and royalty interests.

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Photo of Mr. BradenPaul A. Braden of Dallas is a partner and head of public finance for the United States at Norton Rose Fulbright. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Texas Bar Foundation and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He is a former gubernatorial appointee and chairman for the State Pension Review Board. Additionally, he is a volunteer at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, past board member of El Paso United Way and Prevent Blindness Texas – El Paso Chapter and a former grant panel volunteer for Dallas United Way. Braden received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Dallas and a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law.

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Photo of Mr. ThomasAjay Thomas of Austin is Executive Vice President and U.S. Head of Public Finance for FHN Financial, a division of First Horizon Bank. He is a member of the Board of Visitors for Southwestern University and an Advisory Board Member of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, Thomas previously served as a board member of the Texas Business Leadership Council. Receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern University, Thomas was selected from the United States as a General Course Scholar to the London School of Economics and later earned his Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.

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Photo of Ms. ThomasonSharon Thomason of Wolfforth is president of S Arthur Services in Lubbock. She is a member of the Lubbock Lemonade Day Board of Directors and former member of the Board of Directors for the West Texas Home Builders Association (WTHBA) and former chair of the WTHBA Developer’s Council. Additionally, she is former treasurer of the Society of Human Resource Management – Lubbock Chapter, former treasurer of the Murfee Elementary Parent Teacher Association and former volunteer for Texas Children’s Hospital. Thomason received a Bachelor of Business Administration from West Texas A&M.

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For more information contact Michael Lyttle at michael.lyttle@tdhca.state.tx.us.