Our Board

Nina Rinaldi – Board President

By day, Nina works as the Development Coordinator at Shoal Creek Conservancy, helping Shoal Creek and its Trail become a gateway to nature, fresh air, green transportation, and outdoor recreation for all Austinites. By night, she is a recreational cat-cuddler and dog-walker who loves reading, working out and volunteering with AURA and Mobile Loaves and Fishes. As AURA’s Board President, Nina helps educate Austinites about land use, transit, and urban planning.

Cesar Acosta

Cesar is the Vice President of AURA and has a background in community and labor organizing. He worked on political campaigns for progressive candidates and for the Service Employees International Union for 8 years. He moved to Austin in 2015 to get his Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas. Cesar now works as a Community Development Project Manager with GrantWorks and also represents the St. Johns Neighborhood on the City’s Community Development Commission. Cesar’s priorities working with AURA are to improve equity in community outreach, accessible transit infrastructure, and affordable housing for renters, homeowners, and people experiencing homelessness alike.

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Timothy Bray

Timothy grew up in Austin. While attending the University of Texas, he became involved with the University Democrats and the local Democratic party. He graduated from UT in 2010 with a degree in Government and History. Timothy became involved in local politics after seeing how much local discussions about land use excluded the opinions and needs of young people and renters. He worked for pro-transit, pro-housing Austin City Council candidates in 2014, 2016, and 2018. The fight for diverse, affordable, and sustainable housing and transportation is a natural extension of his progressive activism.

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Brennan Griffin

Brennan was born and raised in Austin, TX, but please don’t hold it against him. He wants to build enough housing for everyone who wants to live here, and improve transit to serve the people who need it most. Mostly this is selfish, as he wants to someday buy a house or condo in Central Austin where he can raise his young son with his partner, and get rid of his car altogether. He spent the first 10 years of his career as an organizer, trainer, and administrator for the grassroots organizing group, ACORN. The last 8 years, he has worked at the public interest justice center Texas Appleseed, handily fulfilling his lifelong goal of working only for seed-based organizations where there is room for growth. He is passionate about making sure that opportunities are accessible for all, no matter what their income, and is equally passionate in his loathing of policies that lead to sprawl, with its attendant impacts on environmental justice, social mobility, city finances, public health, and global warming.

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Caroline Bailey

Caroline is a Hazard Mitigation Planner at GrantWorks, Inc. As a Houston native, she knows that cities should be compact, connected, and accessible rather than sprawling and car dependent. Caroline moved to Austin in 2015 to pursue a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning from UT Austin and loved the city so much that she decided to stay after graduating. As a deaf woman, Caroline is passionate about bringing disabled perspectives to urban planning and related fields. As a renter, Caroline also knows that Austinites need to have the choice to live in any kind of housing anywhere in Austin, not just in single-family homes. She is also on the Leadership Council of UP Club, a group for young professionals in planning, landscape architecture, urban design, and architecture to meet and network. She also enjoys reading all the books, happy hours, playing board games, and trying new things that seem uniquely Austin such as axe-throwing and bouldering.

Josiah Stevenson

Josiah holds a Masters in Economics from UT. A renter himself, he’s dedicated to fighting for abundant housing and against the policies of exclusion that are increasingly pricing low-income Austinites out of our city. He looks forward to a more inclusive and sustainable future for Austin.

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Kevin McLaughlin

Kevin is a technology consultant working mainly with non-profits. He has a Masters in electrical engineering from Boston University and a film degree from UT. As a renter and a millennial, he knows first hand the challenges and opportunities facing Austin as we try to create a more inclusive, transit-friendly city with abundant housing and opportunities for all.

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