ACE is a public facilities corporation created by the City of Austin
to own, finance, and operate the Hilton Austin Hotel

About Us – Board of Directors

ACE is governed by an independent board of directors appointed by the Austin City Council

Phillip Schmandt

Board Chair

Phillip Schmandt is a partner with the law firm McGinnis & Lochridge, where he chairs the Land & Water practice group. He has been President and Director of ACE since January 2020.

Jolsna Thomas


Jolsna Thomas is President of The Rosendin Foundation, a corporate nonprofit. Jolsna has been a Director and Secretary/Treasurer of ACE since January 2020.

Sherri Greenberg

Board Member

Sherri R. Greenberg is a clinical professor and fellow of the Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Sherri has been a Director for ACE since January 2020.

Kimberly Olivares

Board Member

Kimberly Olivares is Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the City of Austin. Her responsibilities include oversight of treasury, strategic facility delivery, tax increment reinvestment zone and public improvement district financing, real estate, and Financial Services Department administrative staff. Kimberly has been a Director of ACE since August 2021.

Lee Crawford

Board Member

Lee Crawford works in the City of Austin Law Department. Lee has been a Director of ACE since August 2021.