Officer Bios


TX Votes officers represent a multitude of majors around campus, including: Communication Studies, Government, Biology, Psychology, etc.


Maya Patel

Chemistry '20

​My name is Maya Patel and I am the President of TX Votes. While I am a chemistry major, I eventually want to go into policy making with a science background and I believe that it is incredibly important to be civically engaged, and would like to increase the amount of STEM students and professionals that participate in our democracy. Aside from registering voters you can catch me serving as a Camp Texas counselor, advocating with Texas Rising, leading the Texas Political Union, giving back to my community through UT Seva, or boosting my endorphin levels while exercising.

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Vice President

Zachary Price

Government '20

Born in New York, Zach Price grew up all over the southeast and has lived in Austin for the last five years. When he isn't busy lecturing students who won't register to vote, you can find him writing, playing soccer, or talking politics.

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Chief Volunteer Deputy Registrar

Jacob Springer

Government and Political Communications '21

There is no hiding my love for civic engagement with my majors. I love registering people to vote, getting them to actually vote, and voting myself! I hope to one day enter the policymaking process, so maybe I'll have to earn some votes as well. On campus, I am involved in Student Government, Girl Up, University Democrats, and a Shakespearean Undergraduate Research Project. Additionally, I love writing, watching movies, and working on campaigns!

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Civic Engagement Alliance Chair

Anthony Zhang

Chemistry '21

My name is Anthony Zhang and I'm the chair of the Civic Engagement Alliance! I lived most of my life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before I moved to Texas. I'm a second-year chemistry major and a Health Science Scholar in the College of Natural Sciences. When I am not advocating for civic engagement, I enjoy long-distance running, working with my FRI lab, and TAing for SDS 302.

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Vice Civic Engagement Alliance Chair

Janae Steggall

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Communications Director

Caroline Pease

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Kendall Bowen

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Program Coordinator

Kassie Phebillo

PhD Communication Studies '20

I am a PhD student studying nonpartisanship and I'm a incredibly passionate about voter registration, education, and turnout. When I'm not busy with school and TX Votes, you can find me cuddled up with my cats, playing with my dog (George Washington), or playing board games with my husband.

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George Washington

Eating Everything '20

I love when people tell me I'm a good boy and look quite dapper in my patriotic bandana. I will be your best friend forever if you register to vote with my friends and then pat me on the head.