Meet The Team
Mr. Garretson is an adjunct faculty member at University of Texas-Austin in the Graduate Department of Community and Regional Planning. He is a certified planner (AICP) with a specialization in economic development.
Mr. Garretson serves as President of a non-profit affordable housing and revitalization organization in Austin, the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation, where he has led the development of 100 affordable units in both single family and mixed-use developments.
David Carroll is an Architect and Director of Multifamily Architecture at Urban Foundry Architecture. He has spent much of his career designing affordable housing projects all over the U.S.
In 2015 Austin City Council appointed David to the Design Commission, where he has served as Chair for the last three years. In 2016, David was awarded the AIA Austin President’s Award for his work in urban design related issues and in 2018 he was awarded the AIA Austin John Nyfeler Award for Community Service.
Tanya Birks is a native of Texas, born in Houston, but enjoying living and working in Austin. Tanya serves as the Vice President of PLANCTX and works on grant writing, fundraising and member recruitment for the organization. She is involved in several nonprofit organizations in Austin and is always seeking new ways to contribute to the community. Currently, Tanya is the Director of Real Estate for Austin ISD where she is responsible for the professional direction and strategic leadership of the district's long-term real estate portfolio and long-term facilities master plan.
Edna Rambo is a long-time East Austin resident, having grown up in the same location she lives in now. She was the first African American woman to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked as a librarian for many years at the Rosewood school. She continues to serve her community in a variety of ways including as a member of the Appeals Board for Travis County Appraisal District.
Michael Wilt is the Senior Manager of External Relations for the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation. In this role, he coordinates government and peer organization relations while supporting communications efforts. His decade of housing and land use policy expertise include representing a prominent industry organization, working in both chambers of the Texas Capitol and for then Mayor Gavin Newsom. He holds a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, a B.A. in Government and Latin from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a proud father to his daughter Nova.
Austin native Pamela Shoaf has deep ties to the community. She was born in Austin, spent formative years with aunts, uncles and cousins on Austin's east side and is an UT Austin Alumnus. She is excited about the changes in the area and is committed to furthering rehabilitation in the community and respecting the interests of long term residents and homeowners.
Willis G. Hunt II
Willis G. Hunt II is the son of Ida M. Hunt and the late W. G. Hunt, both of whom worked in real estate. Mr. Hunt attended HBCU Dillard University and Oral Roberts University where he studied banking and finance. Willis is a licensed real estate broker and has served in many other roles such as, Financial Systems Manager, Chief Accountant and State Auditor. Mr. Hunt is deeply involved with his community including (among many other activities) serving on the board of the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation and the Chestnut Addition Neighborhood Association.
James R. Johnson is a native Austinite, residing in East Austin for over 60 years. He has served on the Chestnut Revitalization Association since its conception. James is a member of the David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon and on the Benevolence Committee. He has worked at the Texas Department of Health and Human Services for more than 30 years.
John William Meyer
John William works as a Strategy Manager at Expedia and is the founder of Jump Finance, a startup that helps students in developing countries finance their higher education. Previously he has worked as a Mathematics teacher in Brooklyn and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Peru. He has his Masters in Economics from the University of Texas. He has lived in the Chestnut neighborhood since 2018 and is excited to be a member of CNRC and to help build a more equitable future for Austin.
Matthew Wilby is a native Texan, growing up in Houston. He attended Texas A&M University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering; Matthew held varying roles in the Energy Industry with increasing responsibility, including his current role as Partner in an upstart project development company, Contour Energy. He has lived in Austin the past three years and joined the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation – an organization that seeks to give back to the community in which he calls home.
Sam Covey is an East Austin resident since 2007 and CNRC board member since 2011. As a part of the CNRC development committee, Sam enjoys working through the technical details of planning and developing affordable housing. Sam is a principal of a local structural engineering firm Fort Structures and specializes in engineering residential and commercial structures all around Austin. Outside of work, Sam enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and cycling around the city.
Vito is a civil engineer with years of experience in multi-family land development in the City of Austin. He is a former Chestnut neighborhood resident and is passionate about housing and creating healthy communities. He is excited about CNRC's mission to bring quality affordable housing to the Austin area. Outside of work he likes to hike and ski.