When: Thursday, April 19th

Where: Canyon Creek Country Club, Richardson, Texas


This month we are pleased to host Jennifer McEwan, Ph.D. and Trish B. Smith to present on Legislative and Governmental Affairs as they relate to TSPE.


Jennifer McEwan, Ph.D.

Jennifer McEwan, Ph. D. is widely known for her transportation expertise and knowledge of project development and advancement.

Prior to founding Grace & McEwan Consulting, Jennifer served as Senior Policy Director at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig. She is experienced in advocacy and policy research for regional and statewide mobility coalitions, chamber organizations and trade associations, in addition to numerous statewide appointed task forces and the Sunset Advisory Commission.  She currently serves as TSPE Legislative & Governmental Affairs Director, Treasurer of the Transportation Advocates of Texas, and policy director for the Texas Transportation Alliance.

Jennifer has a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University, a Masters from Texas State University and a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.


Trish B. Smith

Trish B. Smith is the Executive Director of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.  Trish has been with TSPE for 20 years.  She is also the Executive Director and Trustee of the Texas Engineering Foundation and manages the TSPE Political Action Committee for Engineers (PACE).

She is currently serving a third term on the NSPE Executive Committee, Board of Directors and House of Delegates.

Prior to joining TSPE she served as the Coordinator and Program Manager at the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism at Texas Tech University where she assisted in the delivery of engineering ethics seminars to engineering faculty, private firms, TxDOT and engineering students.  She was also Program Manager for the team that developed the NAFTA Code of Conduct which is part of the NAFTA Mutual Recognition Document that was adopted by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the US.

In her earlier career she spent over fifteen years involved in the legal field in a variety of positions from legal secretary, paralegal, assistant to the Dean of the Texas Tech School of Law and Administrator of a 55-person law firm.