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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 1,000-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
Chief Operating Officer

Amy joined the staff of the Texas Economic Development Council in October 2006. In her 17-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, workshops and webinars. She also oversees finance and budgeting, and manages the TEDC's three award programs, Mentorship Program and Leadership Program. She coordinates the exhibitor opportunites and sponsorships. Amy provides research, presentation and legislative support to the CEO. She also oversees human resources, operations, compliance, 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 Chief Operating Officer in 2023. She served as Vice President from 2014 to 2023 and Director of Operations from 2006 to 2014.

Prior to taking the position at 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 more than 35 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.

In 2023 Amy earned a Certificate in Non-profit Management from the University of San Diego.

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

Jennifer Carpenter
Operations Specialist

Jennifer joined the TEDC staff in June 2023. Previously, Jennifer was with the Gainesville EDC where she was the Marketing and Business Development Coordinator. Jennifer has an extensive background including strategic marketing campaigns, market research and analysis, business development, project management, event coordination, office administration, and high-quality customer relations.

Jennifer has spent most of her life in Gainesville, Texas where she and her husband David have raised their three kids Brandon, Caylin, and Peyton. Her family is looking forward to experiencing everything Austin has to offer.

Angela Self
Administrative Assistant

Angela Self joined the Texas Economic Development Council team in September 2023 as an Administrative Assistant. She earned her Bachelors degree in Digital Media Innovations from Texas State University in May of 2023. Previously she has worked in multiple different positions such as a social media manager and a front desk agent at the Marriott. Angela grew up in Allen, Texas and moved down to San Marcos and then Austin to pursue a higher education.

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!

Mochi Self
Chief Surveillance Officer

Mochi is a 2 year old long haired kitty that was rescued from a Kyle shelter. She’s a Texas native and has been with Angela since she was a baby. She loves chasing bugs an laying down in the sun. She can never say no to attention and loves a good head rub along with some treats too!

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.