Our Mission

Glasshouse Policy removes the gap between citizens and policy makers

creating a more engaged citizenry and a more responsive and representative government. By acting as a forum for the general public, policymakers, academics, and all other interested stakeholders to debate, compromise, and ultimately craft crowdsourced policy solutions to the major issues the public faces today, Glasshouse Policy engages new ideas, new voices, and new constituencies on critical community issues.

Ideology & Funding

Glasshouse Policy does not advocate for any specific policy or any party line. Glasshouse Policy advocates utilizing a method of policy making that stresses amicable collaboration, transparency, and inclusion. We open up the floor to all citizens to work for better policy without having to worry about party affiliation or political obligations.

Glasshouse Policy operates with the surety that there is a massive amount of untapped intellectual capital - in our schools, businesses, universities and communities - that needs to be harnessed and included in the political dialog. Rather than advocating for any specific policy or ideology, we act as an open forum for people to come together to discuss and craft community-sourced solutions.

Glasshouse Policy is a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit policy organization. The contributors and community partners who make our work possible have committed to more engaged, transparent, and collaborative communities.

All contributions to Glasshouse Policy are tax deductible. Our U.S. Federal Tax ID is 46-4934196.

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Can We Produce Better Policy?

1. Crowdsourcing

Glasshouse Policy removes the gap between citizens and policymakers by crowdsourcing solutions to the most pressing problems communities face across the country. Rather than selling tailored policy positions to the public, Glasshouse Policy ensures that citizens and policymakers develop a shared perspective on policies intended to strengthen their communities.

Through this process of citizen empowerment and education, we identify and establish strategic relationships between traditional policy stakeholders and evolving constituencies.

2. Discussion

Using the public policy solutions that users generate, Glasshouse Policy convenes strategic conversations with interest groups, academics, policymakers, and other stakeholders to translate citizen-sourced policy proposals into a detailed policy landscape analysis and recommendations for implementation.

Glasshouse Policy's transparent stakeholder conversations are designed and executed to be places of cooperation and collaboration, where policy can be discussed without having to worry about party lines or partisanship.

3. Implementation

Once the most actionable and salient citizen-sourced ideas are identified, Glasshouse Policy works with both public and private stakeholders, as well as the general public, to develop implementation recommendations that fit the specific community and issue.

In our first few years of operation, we have politically empowered Texans in a way that's never been done before.

Our Impact

Now we’re expanding our commitment to prioritizing citizen involvement. We’re introducing new forms of collaboration and establishing more dynamic stakeholder partnerships in executing crowdsourced public policy.

Like all work at Glasshouse Policy, every project is a collaborative process. Glasshouse Policy hosts meetings with stakeholders, advocacy groups, politicians and experts in the field. From these meetings, Glasshouse Policy develops a consensus on problems and solutions to establish a roadmap toward implementing citizen-sourced policy solutions.

Glasshouse Policy Staff

Francisco Enriquez, Co-Founder

Francisco Enriquez, Co-Founder




Francisco Enriquez currently serves as the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Glasshouse Policy, a first of its kind policy crowdsourcing think tank based in Austin, Texas. Through his work, Francisco has appeared in the pages of the Washington Post, Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Huffington Post, Times-Picayune, and the Houston Chronicle.

 

Francisco’s commitment to transparency and responsive government was developed through his early work on tax and budget policy for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, consumer lending issues at the Virginia Poverty Law Center, and on detainee policy at the Comisión Provincial por la Memoria in La Plata, Argentina.

Thomas Visco, Co-Founder

Thomas Visco, Co-Founder




Thomas Visco co-founded Glasshouse Policy with Francisco Enriquez in 2014.

 

Thomas currently serves as Policy Director of Glasshouse Policy and is responsible for policy development and client and program support.

 

Thomas has designed and executed grassroots organizing initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels on a variety of pro-community issues including Texas fire code reform, consumer protection, toxic chemical regulation, transportation policy, and tax reform.

 

Throughout his career, Thomas has managed community engagement projects, leading stakeholder mediation to implement citizen-sourced ideas at all levels of government.

 

With a professional background in writing, Thomas has been featured in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Houston Chronicle, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Huffington Post, and the Daily Mail.

Kasey Corpus

Kasey Corpus




Kasey Corpus is the Program Coordinator for Glasshouse Policy.

 

She is responsible for developing outreach projects and programming for Glasshouse Policy.  She also manages activities that fall within the joint venture between Glasshouse Policy and the Austin Monitor.

 

Kasey has a background in politics spanning state and local levels. Her past experience includes campaigning for local officials, working as a staffer for Texas House and Senate offices, and advocating on ethical and environmental issues with Public Citizen Texas.

 

With experience in research, community outreach, and advocacy, she has worked to improve government transparency and increase the representation of underserved communities in Texas.

Glasshouse Policy Board of Directors

Dan Graham

Dan Graham


Dan Graham oversees the growth strategy of BuildASign.com and plays a key role in the company’s philanthropic efforts and talent acquisition. Dan co-founded BuildASign.com in March 2005 and has since bootstrapped the company to great success. Dan is a winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Central Texas award. He is also a recipient of the Austin Business Journal’s 2012 Best CEO Award, and was named 2012 Austinite of the Year and the Business and Entrepreneurship category winner by Austin Under 40, recognizing his success as a business owner as well as his commitment to philanthropic work.

 

As a native Austinite, Dan personally gives back to the Austin community through participation on the Board of Directors for numerous philanthropic organizations in Austin including United Way for Greater Austin, Caritas of Austin, Citizen Generation and the Austin Chamber of Commerce among several others. He also acts as a mentor to aspiring young entrepreneurs, working with Capital Factory and the Incubation Station. Dan earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Ambassador Lyndon Olson

Ambassador Lyndon Olson


The Honorable Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., is the former United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.

 

Appointed by President Clinton, Ambassador Olson served in Sweden from 1997 to 2001. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Mr. Olson served as Chairman and CEO of Travelers Insurance Holdings, Inc. Following his return to the States, Ambassador Olson served as a Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Citigroup in New York.

 

Mr. Olson presently serves as a Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy having been appointed by President George W. Bush.

 

Currently, Ambassador Olson serves as Vice Chairman of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation in Austin, Texas, and he is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas in Austin. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation, the Board of Trustees for the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and he is a member of the Board of Advisors to Raise Your Hand Texas.

 

Additionally, Ambassador Olson serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System.

 

A native of Waco, Texas, and former member of the Texas House of Representatives (1973-1979), Mr. Olson has demonstrated a long commitment to a host of civic, political, cultural and philanthropic organizations throughout the state of Texas and the nation.

Grace Fisher Renbarger

Grace Fisher Renbarger


Grace Fisher Renbarger is an experienced business executive, attorney and investor. She currently serves as the Vice President, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Bazaarvoice, Inc. (Nasdaq: BV), a multi-national SaaS and online media marketing company, where she oversees the company’s ethics, compliance and internal audit functions.

 

Prior to joining Bazaarvoice, Ms. Renbarger taught business law, ethics and corporate social responsibility at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, and continues as an adjunct professor in the evening MBA program there. She also provided legal and consulting services to a variety of business clients, and continues to serve as an advisor to the CEO of a medical device startup company.

 

Ms. Renbarger is also a former executive at Dell, Inc. During her 13 years at Dell, Ms. Renbarger led a variety of functions including litigation, employment law, government relations, and ethics and compliance. Ms. Renbarger also served on several internal management and functional steering committees including the Global Ethics & Compliance Council, the Global Sustainability Council, the Global Diversity Council, the Human Resources Leadership Team, the Legal Department Management Team, and the board of the Dell women’s networking group.

 

Before her time at Dell, Ms. Renbarger was a partner at Hughes & Luce, L.L.P., which subsequently merged with K&L Gates, LLP, a global law firm.

 

Ms. Renbarger attended undergraduate and law school at the University of Texas where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif, and served as an Associate Editor on the Texas Law Review.

 

Ms. Renbarger supports a variety of non-profit organizations and causes. In addition to her service on the Glasshouse Policy board of directors, she also serves on the boards of Dress for Success Austin, the Austin Theatre Alliance (parent of the Paramount and State Theatres), and the Austin Advisory Board for the TriCities Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Dan Austin

Dan Austin


Dan Austin heads the business law practice of Wittliff | Cutter | Austin, PLLC, an Austin, Texas-based law firm that focuses on serving technology companies across a variety of emerging growth industries, including cybersecurity, IoT, FinTech, energy, transportation, digital media, and life sciences.

 

Dan has a long personal history of public service. Prior to his career in technology, Dan spent five years as a Field Artillery officer in the United States Army, where he led teams of more than 30 soldiers, planned complex operations, and managed millions of dollars worth of sophisticated equipment. Dan also serves on the board of directors of Fusebox, a critically-acclaimed international contemporary arts festival based in Austin, Texas. And in 2016, he co-founded DivInc, a nonprofit organization that focuses on addressing the acute lack of ethnic and gender diversity in the technology industry.

 

Dan holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Glasshouse Policy Board Member Emeritus

Governor Bill Ratliff

Governor Bill Ratliff


Bill Ratliff was elected to represent Senate District 1 in northeast Texas in 1988. In December 2000, Ratliff was elected Lieutenant Governor by fellow members of the Texas Senate marking the first time in Texas history that the Senate selected one of its members to serve as Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate.

 

Ratliff chaired the Senate Education Committee from 1992-1996 and chaired the Senate Finance Committee from 1997-2000. He has been named one of Texas’ Best Legislators by Texas Monthly magazine a record six times.