Martinez & Associates Staff
Antoinette Dao has over two years’ experience in legislative affairs. In addition to tracking and analyzing legislation, she conducts comprehensive research and reports on border security, law enforcement, economic development, and public education policy.
During the summer of 2018, Ms. Dao enhanced her legislative experience by interning in Washington, D.C., with Congressman Henry Cuellar, a second-ranking member on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. She worked directly with the legislative director to facilitate the passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Act and the H-2A amendment. The bill was successfully reported from committee with unanimous consent on the amendment. This legislation allocated critical funding for border and immigration enforcement, customs activities, protection against cyberterrorism, aviation security, natural disaster response, and temporary guest-workers.
Ms. Dao returned from her congressional internship to finish her senior year at the University of Texas at Austin. As a government major, she conducts research with the Arizona Charter School project in the UT College of Education to study competition in school choice and is developing her own research project as a Pickle Fellow with the Policy Agendas Project, studying the legislative priorities of congressional female lawmakers. She plans to return to Congress to after graduating in spring 2019 with a B.A., in government. Ms. Dao has studied abroad in Havana, Cuba and will complete another study abroad program in Beijing, China studying social entrepreneurship during the summer of 2019.
Barbara Webster has over five years’ experience in legislative affairs. As an office manager at Martinez & Associates, she schedules meetings, tracks legislation, communicates with clients, prepares reports, and handles supplies and requisitions.
Barbara previously worked at the Texas Education Agency in both the Communications Division and the Textbook Division. Her responsibilities there included processing all open records requests from the press, researchers, legislators and the general public. She served as the Webmaster for several divisions at TEA. She also served as the back-up switchboard operator for the entire agency. In addition to her work at Martinez & Associates, she is currently pursuing a degree in History.