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John D. Colyandro
John Colyandro most recently served as Senior Advisor and Policy Director for Governor Greg Abbott, who also appointed him to represent the State of Texas on the Education Commission of the States, and the Transition Legislative Oversight Committee for the Health and Human Services Commission.
Prior to joining the Office of the Governor, John served for over a decade as Executive Director of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, a state-based think-tank that develops public policy recommendations. He also served as Executive Director of the Texas Conservative Coalition, a caucus of members of the Texas House and Senate.
John served previously as a campaign policy advisor to Greg Abbott for Attorney General of Texas and then as a gubernatorial candidate, and has had an active role in numerous campaigns throughout the United States including Texas Senator Phil Gramm’s presidential campaign.
Additional public service roles include chief of staff positions with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Texas Railroad Commission.
Julie Frank is a veteran of the Texas Legislature with over 20 years of experience working for Members of both major political parties and executive agencies. She has an extensive knowledge of the inner workings of state government and legislative processes and has built relationships at all levels of state government.
Julie, who most recently served as an advisor to Governor Greg Abbott, started her career in the office of Rep. Fred Bosse. The following session, she moved to the Texas Senate and served as Legislative Advisor in the areas of local government, insurance, and healthcare. She continued in that capacity for two State Senators until moving to the then-Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services to serve as a governmental relations specialist.
In February 2008, Julie returned to the Capitol after being named as Committee Director to the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations under the chairmanship of Sen. Royce West, a position she continued for two committees under the Senator’s leadership. Subsequently, Julie became Policy Advisor to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, where she served as a Policy Advisor for matters related to local government and special purpose districts for two sessions.
In January 2018, Julie became a Policy Advisor to Gov. Greg Abbott on matters relating to water supply and infrastructure, river authorities and water districts, subdivision finance and development districts, local government taxation and debt, city and county ordinance authority, parks and wildlife, rural and urban land use, and agriculture.
Mary Lynn Pruneda
Mary Lynn Pruneda heads the firm’s Education Practice Group. She is an education policy expert and licensed attorney with an extensive background in both the Texas Legislature and Office of the Governor. Prior to becoming a Director at Colyandro + Frank Public Affairs, Mary Lynn served as the K-12 policy and budget advisor to Gov. Greg Abbott. During this time, Mary Lynn had the privilege of working closely with the Governor to craft a more equitable school finance formula as part of House Bill 3 in 2019.
Mary Lynn also served as lead policy advisor on the Governor’s Child Care Task Force. In these roles, she coordinated multiple state agencies and external stakeholders to create web-based tool and supports for childcare across Texas as part of the state’s COVID-19 response.
Prior to joining the Governor’s office, Mary Lynn worked as the General Counsel for the Senate Education Committee under Chairman Larry Taylor. During this time, she worked closely with members of the Texas Senate and Office of the Lt. Governor to promote student-centered education and higher education policies through crafting legislation, shepherding policy changes through the legislative process, and monitoring implementation across state agencies, including the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.