Larry Schooler directs community engagement, public participation, and conflict resolution projects for the City of Austin, Texas and outside clients. He is also the Immediate Past President for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2-USA); an adjunct lecturer at Southern Methodist University; and a Fellow at the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas.
Larry mediates disputes involving men and women of the Armed Forces and their civilian employers on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense. He serves as a member of the board of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT), where he is active with the Red Bench interfaith dialogue program. He is active with Mediators Beyond Borders and the Association for Conflict Resolution. In the past, he has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Safeplace, and the Anti-Defamation League.
Larry holds a master's degree in conflict analysis and resolution and is pursuing a doctorate in the same field, along with a bachelor's degree in history. He is the author of a manual entitled "The 'Public' in Public Policy: Keys to a Successful Community Meeting" and a forthcoming book on the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States and related projects elsewhere. In his former career, Larry was an award-winning reporter for NPR stations across the country and as a freelance reporter for National Public Radio, Voice of America, and magazines.
As the City of Austin Community Engagement Consultant Marion’s responsibilities include managing a variety of outreach and engagement projects, developing multicultural strategies and plans, and assisting City’s Departments reach disfranchised communities.
Marion began her career as an Austin broadcast personality for KELG radio station hosting a community relations program called Papa Caliente. In the fall of 1989, she established Estilo Communications and developed numerous advertising and public relations campaigns throughout Texas for a variety of clients targeting multicultural communities.
Looking for a more meaningful way to give back to the community, in 2012, Marion decided to close her business and join the Austin Fire Department as their Community Outreach Coordinator. During her tenure at Fire, she led a team and successfully obtained a $250,000 grant from FEMA to provide services to populations at risk and she assisted with the most successful recruiting process for AFD by increasing applications from targeted communities to over 50% including Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and Women.
Marion has received numerous awards for her community and professional work, including Business Women of the Year by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Certificate of Appreciation by the General Council of Mexico, and Estrella Level to the Reforma National Conference. She continues to volunteers in a variety of organizations.
Marion has an Associate in Applied Science in Data Processing from Austin Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in English/Communication from Huston-Tillotson University and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward’s University. Altogether, she has over 29 years of communications experience targeting multicultural populations. In her free time, she enjoys Salsa dancing, writing, and watching her girls play soccer.