Jim Grace, Jr.

Jim Grace advises and advocates for a wide variety of clients on federal, state and local public policy matters. His deep knowledge of and experience with governments and political campaigns at virtually all levels allow him to assist with complex government relations matters. Jim enhances and protects his clients’ business opportunities by monitoring political developments and formulating and implementing strategies to help clients achieve their government relations objectives.

Prior to forming Grace & McEwan Consulting, Jim chaired the Texas government relations practice at Baker Botts L.L.P. and served as director of Texas state relations and senior counsel at CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Before serving in an in-house counsel capacity, he was a member of a Houston-based international law firm where his practice concentrated on merger and acquisition transactions, securities offerings and general corporate matters for companies involved in oil and gas exploration and production; oil field and energy services; natural gas liquid processing; propane and heating oil and chemical production and distribution.

Jim holds a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center and a B.A. in History from the University of Notre Dame.

In 2007, the day before he turned 40, Jim took a commission in the United States Navy Reserve, and in 2011-12 he deployed to Afghanistan for nine months where he served as an intelligence officer with a unit that conducted counterinsurgency operations.

Jennifer McEwan

Jennifer McEwan, Ph. D., is widely known for her transportation expertise and knowledge of project development and advancement. She works closely with project sponsors at the state and local levels including elected officials and decision makers on transportation infrastructure projects.

Prior to founding Grace & McEwan Consulting, Jennifer served as Senior Policy Director at Greenberg Traurig in the Government Law & Policy practice in the firm’s Austin office. She is experienced in advocacy and policy research for regional and statewide mobility coalitions, chamber organizations, trade associations, institutions of higher learning and public education coalitions, in addition to numerous statewide appointed task forces and the Sunset Advisory Commission. Jennifer is also experienced in developing and implementing strategies and supporting data for advocacy and, working with state legislators, county commissioner courts, and county judges and other elected officials regarding transportation and infrastructure policy issues. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Transportation Advocates of Texas, and policy director for the Texas Transportation Alliance.

Jennifer has a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Andrea Chavez

Andrea Chavez advises clients on state and local public policy matters. She is experienced in devising effective policy strategy, drafting, analyzing and monitoring legislation, and navigating clients through the legislative process and government agencies.  Andrea has lived in Brazil, London and Mexico and is deeply invested in furthering Texas-Mexico commercial ties by locating and helping develop beneficial projects for Grace & McEwan Consulting’s clients. In 2018, Andrea was appointed to the Mexican American Cultural Center Board where she advises the Austin City Council on the establishment and operation of the Mexican American Cultural Center.

Prior to joining Grace & McEwan Consulting, Andrea was a member of the government relations sections at both Greenberg Traurig, LLP and Baker Botts L.L.P. and began her career as a legislative aide to Rep. David M. Leibowitz (D-San Antonio).  Andrea also has deep political campaign experience having served as a Bexar County field representative for the Republican Party of Texas during the 2014 election cycle and managed the re-election campaign of Rep. Dee Margo (R-El Paso).

Andrea holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from St. Mary’s University, and she is fluent in Spanish and French.

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