Kara Mayer Mayfield, Executive Director & Event/Education Coordinator
Kara is the Executive Director and Event/Education Coordinator for ARCIT. Her previous experience includes over six years of service with U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. She served as his Deputy Chief of Staff while managing all state matters for the Congressman and his district. During her tenure she was promoted from Director of Field Operations to District Director and finally to Deputy Chief of Staff where she was responsible for handling the day-to-day business that arose within the nine counties of CD-10 spanning from Houston to Austin. Her experience encompasses over 15 years of work within the public sector ranging from the U.S. Senate to the U.S. House of Representatives to the Texas State Legislature.
Kara began her career with U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison working both in Washington D.C. and in Austin. She then moved over to the private sector where she worked with TechNet Texas and was responsible for facilitating membership recruitment and state legislative matters for the high tech industry. She worked within the Texas House of Representatives for the Committee on Public Education serving as a policy analyst and counsel during the 79th Regular Session and First and Second Called Special Sessions. She was responsible for scrubbing legislation in order to allow favorable passage of bills out of the House Public Education Committee and ultimately out of the Texas House.
Kara is a licensed attorney with the State of Texas and holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law with an undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin; she possesses a BA in Government and a minor in Business. She has also practiced law in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. Kara was born and raised in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. She has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 15 years and they have one child.
Kris Parker, Government Relations & Membership Director
Kris is a well-seasoned government relations specialist. She does client development, public policy, association management and membership recruitment. Prior to joining ARCIT, she served as Deputy District Director for Congressman Michael T. McCaul in his Austin, TX district office for twelve years. Her previous experience includes developing and maintaining working relationships with constituents and governmental entities, as well as managing and performing constituent service. In addition to working for the federal government, Kris also worked in government relations at the state level with several state agencies, as well as a state senator.