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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.

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

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

  • Governmental Relations

  • Public Outreach

  • Policy Monitoring and Analysis

  • Business Procurement

  • Lobbying

  • Politcal and Strategic Consulting

  • Draft Bills and Amendments

  • Bidding Process Procurement Including Request for Quotation (RFQ) and Request for Information (RFI)


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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:

  • Strategic Planning

  • Business Development 

  • Media Relations 

  • Governmental Relations

  • Public Relations

  • Multicultural Community Outreach/Engagement 

  • Strategic Communications 

  • Crisis Issues Management


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COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP 

  • Lee Elementary PTA, Executive Board Member and Bicycle-Pedestrian Safety Chair

  • City of Austin Planning Commission, Former Commissioner

  • City of Austin Asian-American Employee Network, Past Board Member

  • LBJ School of Public Affairs Alumni Association – Austin Chapter, Past President

Tina Bui

Senior Consultant

A trusted collaborator and strategic adviser, Tina is a local government insider having spent some 20 years of her career at the City of Austin and Capital Metro working on both public policy and administration.

She brings rare experience from all sides of City Hall having served on political campaigns since her teenage years , as a policy adviser to an Austin council member, as a staffer in multiple capacities and departments, and as a political appointee to the City of Austin’s Planning Commission . Regularly called upon for critical special projects, her work has covered countless issue areas including land use planning; transportation, public transit and smart mobility; water utilities; recycling and waste management; and general government administration.

EDUCATION

  • Tina is proud product of Austin ISD, particularly Kealing Junior High, the LBJ Science Academy (now the Liberal Arts and Science Academy), and A.N. McCallum High.

  • B.A. in Geography (Concentration: Urban Studies and Government), University of Texas (Austin) 

  • M.P.Aff., Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas (Austin)

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

  • Residential, Subdivision, Site Development and Other Permits

  • Micro-Mobility Licensing

  • Special Events (Compliance with City of Austin Special Events Ordinance)

  • Waste Management and Recycling

  • Water Policy

  • General Land Use Regulation Consulting

  • Zoning Changes (Including to Restrictive Covenants and Conditional Overlays)

  • Amendments to Neighborhood Plans and Other Land Use Plans

  • Short-Term Rental (STR) Licensing

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU/ Garage Apartment) Advisement and Permitting

  • Code Compliance


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JULIE POTRYKUS

Associate

Julie has spent the past 4 years in Austin involved in political communications, public relations, media relations, community engagement, government affairs, and public policy. 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.

Julie handles the company's social media, content creation and client communication.

Education

  • B.S. in Public Relations and B.A. in Government, University of Texas at Austin


SHE IS AVAILABLE TO ADVISE CLIENTS ON THE FOLLOWING MATTERS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Website Design

  • Event Planning

  • Crisis Communications

  • Paid/ Earned/ Owned Media

  • Creative Execution and Graphic design

  • Media Production Development and Execution


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.

 
Stephen Aubuchon - Community Engagement Intern

Stephen Aubuchon - Community Engagement Intern

Rebecca Ihim- Productions Intern

Rebecca Ihim- Productions Intern

 

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.