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A.J. BINGhAM

CEO and Founder

A. J. Bingham, Founder and CEO (and a lawyer by training), has nearly a decade of experience representing private and public sector clients at the municipal and state level in Texas. His practice includes government affairs, public affairs, and procurement.

EXPERIENCE

Prior to launching the firm, he served as Director of Government Affairs for the Real Estate Council of Austin, one of the most active business associations in the region. He began his lobbying career at one of Texas’ top lobbying firms, rising to Legislative Director over four years and two legislative sessions. He  previously worked at a leading Texas government procurement firm as a consultant for medium to Global Fortune 500 companies.

EDUCATION

  • A.J. is a native Austinite and attended Austin ISD schools, graduating high school from The LBJ Science Academy (now: Liberal Arts and Science Academy).

  • B.A. in Political Science, Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)

  • J.D., Washburn University School of Law (Topeka, KS)

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP


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Paul Saldaa 

Senior Consultant

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Mr. Saldaña has spent more than 25 years in local government affairs, public policy, public relations, media relations, multi- cultural communications, community engagement and political consulting.

With a life-long commitment to Austin and its diverse communities, Saldaña serves as a strategic consultant, advisor and contributor on quality of life issues including public education, voting, economics, healthcare, redevelopment, gentrification, affordable housing, transportation, business development, media relations and grassroots multi-cultural community engagement for governmental entities, clients and the media. Saldaña also serves as a political consultant/strategist and contributor on national, state & local campaigns.

Community Leadership

  • Austin ISD Board of Trustees, Former Vice President

  • Former Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, Executive Vice Chair of Legislation, Executive Board of Directors

  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Past Executive Board of Director

  • Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman, Board of Directors

  • Austin Area Urban League, Past Board Member

  • KLRU Hispanic Board of Advisors

Education

  • Graduate from University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business- National Hispanic Executive Leadership Academy

  • BBA in Business Administration, St. Edward's University (Austin, TX)

  • Associates in Undergraduate Studies, Austin Community College (Austin, TX)

He is available to advise clients on the following matters including, but not limited to:

  • Public Policy 

  • Strategic Planning

  • Business Development 

  • Media Relations 

  • Political Consulting

  • Public Relations

  • Government Relations

  • Multicultural Community Outreach/Engagement 

  • Strategic Communications 

  • Crisis Issues Management


ASSOCIATE INTERN 

The Bingham Group Associate Internship program provides broad exposure to the municipal and state lobbying industry with in­-depth training and continuous, hands-­on learning through immersion in firm planning and client projects.

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JULIE POTRYKUS

Current Associate Intern - Public Affairs

Julie is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in public relations and government with minors in business and advertising. She grew up in College Station, but decided to go to her parents’ rival school to engage in the political opportunities in Austin.

Julie previously interned for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Kopser for Congress campaign, the University of Texas System Office of Governmental Affairs, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett’s district office, Texas Democratic Party, and State Representative Ryan Guillen’s capitol office.


Stephen Aubuchon

Current Associate Intern - Community engagement

Stephen is a senior at Texas State University at San Marcos, majoring in political science with a minor in political communications. Originally born in Mesa, Arizona, Stephen grew up in Houston, Texas and finally settled into Austin his senior year of high school. He started his college career majoring in Software Engineering. Today, his interest in technology is still strong, but he later found his true passion was in politics and communication.

Stephen, while at Texas State, has taken part in the Eugene Scassa Model Organization of American States (ESMOAS) and the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) competitions. He has interned for Paul Saldaña since January 2019.


BG ADVISORS

BG Advisors is The Bingham Group's outside consultant program. These experienced individuals enhance our core practice areas with curated technical and policy expertise, as well as community and governmental reach.