Grant Advisory Committee

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The Grant Advisory Committee (GAC) provides oversight and serves in an advisory role to the Audit Committee and Finance Commission. The GAC assists with the selection of grant recipients by reviewing applications and providing recommendations to the Audit Committee. Currently, the GAC consists of six members with unique knowledge and skills to effectively manage the TFEE grant program.







Head shot image of Larry Long - Finance Commission Representative, DallasLary Long - Finance Commission Representative, Dallas

Larry Long of Dallas is owner and managing member of L2JL Capital, LLC and has a real estate license with the Texas Real Estate Commission. He is the former chairman and former member of the American Diabetes Association Board of Directors, former president and chairman of the Board of Directors at Texas Wall Systems, and former president of Oldcastle Building Envelope. Additionally, he is former treasurer of the Turtle Creek Association and a former member of the Seed of Effect Board of Advisors. Long received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Southern Methodist University.


Head shot image of Laura Nassri Warren - Finance Commission Representative, PalmhurstLaura Nassri Warren - Finance Commission Representative, Palmhurst

Laura Nassri Warren of Palmhurst is founder and principal owner of The Warren Group Architects, Inc. in McAllen. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and its LRGV Chapter and the Texas Society of Architects. She is the former chairman of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, McAllen Foreign Trade Zone, McAllen Intermodal, and the McAllen International Museum of Arts and Science and a member of the Texas A&M International Advisory Board. Additionally, she is the former president of the International Women’s Board of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and vice president of the Easter Seals of McAllen Executive Board. Warren received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.


Head shot image of Roy C. Lopez - Finance Education Consultant, DallasRoy C. Lopez – Financial Education Consultant, Dallas

Lopez leads the Dallas Federal Reserve’s community development function, promoting economic mobility and resiliency for low- and moderate-income communities through resources, data analysis and convening that connect them to opportunities in the mainstream economy. He also chairs the bank’s community leadership initiatives and is a member of the subcommittee on community affairs for the Federal Reserve System.  A graduate of Texas A&M University-College Station, he has a master’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and is a 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar.


Head shot image of Eric Norrington - Credit Access Business Industry Representative, IrvingEric Norrington - Credit Access Business Industry Representative, Irving

Eric Norrington is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at ACE Cash Express. Eric is a graduate of Texas Christian University and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. In 2004, Eric founded the ACE Community Fund, ACE’s charitable-giving program that supports organizations that help children, provide education and promote financial literacy. Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors for FiSCA, the Financial Service Centers of America.


Head shot image of Laura Rosen - Consumer Advocate Representative, AustinLaura Rosen - Consumer Advocate Representative, Austin

Laura Rosen joined the University of Texas at Austin in 2019 as the Head of Programs for Impact Factory, a hub for civic entrepreneurship and innovation that is a joint initiative between the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Dell Medical School. Prior to Dell Med, Laura worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities for 8 years, managing CPPP’s quality jobs and financial empowerment portfolio of work, and worked as a Program Analyst at Central Health. Laura started her career as a Fulbright Scholar in Peru. Laura completed her Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Laura serves as a mentor for the City of Austin’s Challenge Studio business incubator.


Head shot image of Justin Accola - Supervisory Compliance Examiner, Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage LendingJustin Accola – Supervisory Compliance Examiner, Texas Department of Savings and Mortgage Lending

Accola He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 2000 and has over 17 years of experience in the home mortgage industry, with positions in both the public and private sectors. Justin’s mortgage experience has included roles in quality control, consumer complaint investigations, fraud investigations, and compliance examinations of mortgage licensees and state savings banks. He was a four-year member of the State Regulator Registry’s Mortgage Testing and Education Board and served as the board’s chairman from April 2020 through March 2021.