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TEDC Staff

Carlton Schwab

Carlton Schwab has been President/CEO of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) since February 1st, 1999. During that time, the 850-member TEDC has developed into a recognized leader in the professional development of its members and a powerful voice for economic development policy in the state of Texas.

In his role as President/CEO of the TEDC, Mr. Schwab has served on numerous boards and commissions. In 2012, he was named by Governor Perry to the Select Committee on Economic Development – a committee created by the 83rd Texas Legislature to review economic development policy for the state of Texas. In 2015 and 2016 he was the Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Texas Legislative Conference.

In 2017, Mr. Schwab was named an Honorary Life Member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and in November 2022 received the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Lifetime Achievement Award.

Prior to his tenure at the TEDC, Mr. Schwab was Director of Development at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin (1996-1999). From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Schwab was a Director with Deloitte Consulting where he specialized in corporate site location analysis and economic development strategic planning. Mr. Schwab also spent time working in economic development at the local level, having served as Vice President of the Lubbock Board of City Development from 1986 to 1989.

Mr. Schwab raises registered Texas Longhorn cattle and is a Texas Certified Master Naturalist, affiliated with the Balcones Canyonlands Chapter in Austin, Texas.

Amy Swank
Vice President

Amy joined the staff of the Texas Economic Development Council in October 2006. In her 16 year tenure with the TEDC, Amy has helped shaped the organization's programs and services, including the launch of several new initiatives, and has been played a key role in the growth of the TEDC. Her responsibilities include member services, event planning and management for the TEDC's Conferences, Basic Economic Development Courses, other workshops and webinars. She also oversees finance and budgeting, and manages the TEDC's three award programs and Leadership Program. She coordinates the exhibitor opportunites and assists with sponsorships. Amy provides research, presentation and legislative support to the CEO. She also oversees human resources, coordination for TEDC’s internal committees and the board of directors, and special projects as needed. She also is the key personnel for grant coordination and reporting. Amy was promoted to Vice President in 2018 and served as Vice President of Operations from 2014 to 2017.

Prior to taking the position of Director of Operations for the TEDC in 2006, Amy worked for the Round Rock Economic Development Partnership for 2 ½ years. She completed her Certificate of Continuing Education at University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute in 2007. Amy’s career includes 37 years of business experience, including seven years as a legal assistant and five years in banking and community relations. She earned her Associates in Business Degree in 1985.

Amy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Austin, Texas in 2000. She is an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan.

Abi Glasser
Program Manager

Abi joined the TEDC staff in June 2019. She holds a Bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. Abi is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Information Science with the goal of being a librarian. Previously, Abi has worked as a receptionist at a vet clinic, a fudge maker at an ice cream shop, and as an office assistant for her college’s Communications and Development Office.

Beginning in October 2021, Abi was promoted to the TEDC's Program Manager position. She is also pursuing her Master's Degree in Information Science at the University of Texas.

Abi spent the first 18 years of her life growing up in suburban Wheaton, IL. She then spent 4 years in upstate New York while in college. She moved to Austin in 2016 and is enjoying the warmer weather that Texas has to offer.

Samantha Brown
Director-Team Texas

Samantha joined the Texas Economic Development Council as the Director of Team Texas in 2019. As Director of Team Texas, Samantha leads statewide marketing efforts for business attraction and job creation on behalf of the organization's over 90 members.

Prior to joining TEDC, Samantha served as the Vice President of Communications for the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce, leading all branding efforts, events, programs, and policy initiatives.

From 2014 to 2017, Brown served as press secretary and head of district outreach at the U.S. House of Representatives as a staff member for Congressman Michael McCaul, then Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. During her tenure at the House, Samantha managed national, international, and local media; crisis communications; State and Federal relations, and constituent services.

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and a MIZZOU Tiger, Samatha moved to Austin, Texas in 2013 to pursue a career in politics, public service, and BBQ tasting.

Miles Davis Schwab
Weekend Consultant

Miles is an eight-year-old graduate of the streets of East Austin. He currently serves as the Weekend Consultant to the President/CEO.

After overcoming his life-long fear of elevators, Miles is now able to report from the president’s couch on matters related to the sights, sounds and smells of the office. In addition to being a consultant, he serves as back-up security when Cooper is off-duty.

With years of experience studying under his longhorn brothers at the president’s ranch, Miles is recognized as one of the top dogs in the business. His experience also includes serving as a volunteer home protector and canine companion to his family.

While off-duty, Miles can be found chasing squirrels and warding off potential animal home invaders. He enjoys going on long evening walks around the neighborhood as well as catching up on Netflix with his family.

Miles is very excited to be a part of the TEDC team and is proud to be working alongside Cooper Swank!

Sparky Glasser
Director of Leisure and Recreation

Sparky is a 7 year old rescue beagle mix from Oklahoma but is happy to now call Texas home! She has been with the Glasser family since 2016 and enjoys rolling around in dead things, taking long walks to smell the entire neighborhood, and watching TV marathons on the couch. Sparky is suspiciously quiet and mild-mannered for a beagle and prefers a simple life. She feels like she has never worked a day in her life and doesn’t plan on starting anytime soon.

Cooper Swank
Chief of Security

In Memorium: Cooper Swank 2008 - 2022

Cooper was a Maltese rescued by Amy in 2011. He was faithfully by her side for almost 11 years. Cooper is missed terribly by all TEDC Staff.