As a former House Legislative staffer, Ms. Bird has spent her 15 year career working on transportation issues at the Legislative, Agency and Consulting level. At the Legislative level, Ms. Bird served for 5 years as Legislative Aide to the House Transportation Committee under the leadership of Chairman Clyde Alexander. At the Agency level, Brandi served as the first Government Affairs Director at the North Texas Tollway Authority, creating the government relations program at the NTTA and fostering it into the top-notch program it is today. Since 2006, Ms. Bird has served as a transportation consultant providing governmental relations services to a variety of public and private sector clients, such as the Texas Commercial Airports Association, Dallas Citizens Council, CINTRA US, Denton County Transportation Authority, LTRA, HNTB, and Bowman Engineering. In addition, Ms. Bird also serves as Executive Director of the Transit Coalition of North Texas, a business community support organization aimed at advancing transit efforts in North Texas and seeking additional funding. Ms. Bird is a transportation and transit policy expert, with relationships across all transportation organizations in North Texas, as well as with all local, state and federal elected officials in the region.
Public Relations Coordinator
Marisa Vantrease is the Public Relations Coordinator for Bird Advocacy & Consulting, a governmental relations firm based in the North Texas region, specializing in legislative relations and transportation issues. In this capacity, Ms. Vantrease oversees client accounts to ensure brand reputation is enhanced through pro-active public relations programs and campaigns. In addition, Ms. Vantrease provides association management for the Transit Coalition of North Texas, Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition and the Texas State Inspection Association. Marisa has over 15 years experience in a Corporate environment providing administrative management for a three state territory to include executive, field and client support. During her tenure at Medtronic she became proficient in account management, contract execution, event management, education and customer relations. Marisa holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University.
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