Anne Wynne has deep roots in Texas Democratic activism. Anne got her start volunteering for Ann Richards for County Commissioner, which carried over into Ann’s race for State Treasurer, and eventually led to Anne serving as one of the Ann Richards for Governor campaign attorneys. And, like any good progressive love story goes, Anne met her husband Fred Ellis on the campaign trail. Governor Richards’ daughter, Cecile Richards (President of Planned Parenthood), introduced her to her future husband while they were working on Ann’s campaign for Governor.
Those early progressive Democratic experiences helping to change the face of power in Texas forged Anne’s deep commitment to progressive causes and have led her to lead a life of volunteerism and community organizing. Through decades of progressive activism, she has developed strong relationships with our local elected officials, has a history of fundraising for progressive causes, and has the experience needed to chair an organization like TCDP. Anne is schooled in Governor Ann Richards’ style of leadership and organizing, making her an ideal candidate for chair.
When Anne’s not organizing, she is an attorney at her firm Ikard Wynne LLP. Anne was the first woman to chair the Texas State General Services Commission and was the first woman to be a member of the Texas Transportation Commission. In 2004, Anne founded Atticus Circle in response to 11 states voting to add discrimination to their state constitutions by prohibiting same-gender couples from marrying. A national nonprofit, Atticus Circle educates and mobilizes fair-minded straight people to advance equal rights for LGBT partners, parents, and their children.
Anne’s broad range of experience serving our progressive community in different roles, on many boards and commissions, as a campaign volunteer, community organizer, and a fundraiser have led her to positively impact the lives of thousands of our friends and neighbors.
Now, Anne is ready to put her experience to work for the Travis County Democratic Party to advance our shared progressive vision for our community.