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Luis Figueroa joined the Center for Public Policy Priorities, now known as Every Texan, in 2018 as the first Legislative and Policy Director. In this important new role, Luis oversees Every Texan’s comprehensive legislative strategy and leads a distinguished team of policy experts. He was previously General Counsel for Texas State Senator José Rodríguez and Executive Director of the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus. Previously, he served as the Legislative Attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where he worked from 2004 to 2013. A proud Texan from El Paso, Luis received the 2013 MALDEF Award for services performed on behalf of the Latino community in pursuit of social justice, the 2011 Champion of Equality and Justice Award from LULAC, and the 2009 Spirit of Change Award by State Rep. Joaquin Castro, among other honors. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Speech Communications with a concentration in American Politics and Law from Trinity University in San Antonio, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law. A proud Cathedral High School graduate, Luis is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

Allen Gilmer founded and built Drilling Info, Inc., the most significant SaaS business (1+ billion plus and growing) in the energy business. As co-founder, chairman and CEO of Drillinginfo, Gilmer leads an organization dedicated to enabling companies in the $4.5 trillion oil and gas industry to work more efficiently to arrive at data-driven insights and make faster, better-informed decisions. He was named the Austin Business Journal's Big Company CEO of the Year 2013. He was the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. The Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners, the most prominent state advocacy organization in the US, Chairman 2016-2018. Texas Chair of the Department of Energy's Petroleum Technology Transfer Council 2008-2012. Best Texas Geoscientist, Texas Monthly 2012, UTEP Distinguished Alumni, Advisory Board for UTEP College of Science and the Colorado School of Mines Department of Petroleum Engineering and is a proud El Paso High School Tiger.

Elizabeth Caples Rogers arrived in Austin in the winter of 1999 after accepting an appointment to serve as the Attorney Ombudsman and the first-ever appointed Ethics Officer for then-Attorney General John Cornyn and was reappointed by

then Attorney General Greg Appoint. At the end of her second term at the Office of Attorney General, she left to become the General Counsel for the State Bar of Texas, during which time she worked on a bill, passed by the 80th Legislature, that

protects the home addresses of Texas attorneys from disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act. This legal milestone for the privacy of Texas attorneys foreshadowed her appointment by Comptroller Susan Combs as the first Chief Privacy Officer of Texas state government, in 2011, following a massive data breach involving three large state government agencies. After building the Comptroller’s privacy program, serving on the agency’s breach response team and advising about cybersecurity and privacy requirements with a team of information security and technology professionals, she then returned to the private practice of law where she has since engaged in a variety of internationals compliance activities. Outside of her law practice, Elizabeth teaches cybersecurity and privacy law topics for the University of Texas School of Information’s Master’s Program in Information Privacy and Security. She is a thought leader on privacy and cybersecurity matters facing businesses and frequently speaks and publishes emerging trends in these areas. She currently serves as Chair-Elect for the Computer & Technology Council of the State Bar of Texas. Among other causes, Elizabeth serves on the Board of the Mexic-Arte Museum board in Austin, as Vice President of Development and, as the Compliance officer on the Executive Committee of a non-profit serving foster youth called Kids in a New Groove. She is also a former president of the Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts and a past President of the St. Mary’s School of Law Alumni Association. In 2019 and in 2020, Latino Lawyers magazine recognized her as one of 60 top Latino Lawyers in the US. She was a Top Ten Senior in her graduating class at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Past recipients

Trailblazers 2019

Trailblazers 2018

Trailblazers 2017

Trailblazers 2016

Trailblazers 2015

Trailblazers 2014

Trailblazers 2013

Trailblazers 2012