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The City Accountability Project was founded by two long-time Austinites and political outsiders, Laura Cantu-Templeton and Jason Reese, who were fed up with the lack of transparency and accountability at City Hall.  

Together with the CAP Advisory Board, they want to create a place where people across the political divide can support common-sense government focused on outcomes that improve our lives and the City of Austin.


Laura Cantu-Templeton has lived in Austin since 1978. Laura worked for IBM and American Express in a sales capacity. As a community volunteer, she served on several non-profit boards. As the government relations chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, she lobbied Congress members for funds for the continuation of research to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Currently she is a member of Austin's Downtown Commission board.  She is married and has two children.

Jason Reese is an Austin native and technology entrepreneur.


Bill Bunch is the Executive Director of Save Our Springs and serves on the Tourism Commission.

John Riedie is the CEO of the Austin Creative Alliance and serves on the Tourism Commission.

Frances Acuna has lived in southeast Austin for 25 years.  She began advocating for the Dove Springs community in 2010, In 2012, she became a Texas Certified Community Healthworker to work in access to healthcare and started getting involved with as a community leader.   In 2017 Frances joined GAVA as a Community Organizer where she worked to increase access to healthy food and physical activity and is now the Climate Resilience Lead Organizer.

George Butts is a retired Austin lawyer who has lived in Austin for more than fifty years.  George practiced trial law for 42 and was Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law.  He received recognition for outstanding ability as a trial lawyer, including being named a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, an Advocate by the American Board of Trial Advocates, a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine and Law and Politics, Inc. every year since 2003 when that publication began, and as a Best Lawyer in America for 28 consecutive years. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Mr. Butts has been involved in various civic activities, including service on the board and as board chair of Texas Appleseed, a pro bono law center that seeks equitable solutions to systemic injustices, whether from government or private activities.

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