Who We Are
The Texas PACE Authority was founded as a nonprofit organization in 2015 with the express goal of streamlining the implementation of PACE-funded clean energy projects in Texas using the “PACE in a Box” model. The statute authorizing PACE in Texas (SB 385) was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013 and The Texas PACE Authority is now expanding to counties and municipalities across Texas.
Charlene Heydinger, President
Charlene Heydinger also serves as the executive director of Keeping PACE in Texas, the trade association created in 2012 to promote Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing in Texas. Ms. Heydinger is a public affairs strategist.
Charlene worked on Capitol Hill for over nine years and then as vice president and Washington counsel for ABC, Inc. She also served as executive director of the Morton and Angela Topfer Family Foundation. Ms. Heydinger is a member of the Texas, Washington, DC, and Michigan Bar Associations.
Jonathon Blackburn, Managing Director
Prior to moving to Austin, Jonathon lived in the UK and worked for a venture and commercialization firm developing technology startups. He co-founded a University of Cambridge spin-out that is building a mobile clean energy storage system. Jonathon started his career as an engineer at the electric utility Southern Company in environmental and energy policy, before moving to its wholesale division developing some of Southern’s first utility-scale renewable energy power plants.
Jonathon holds graduate degrees from the University of Cambridge and Duke University. He also has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University.
Amy Vanderbilt, Operations and Compliance Manager
With her diverse background and exceptional organizational skills, Amy brings a high level of efficiency to our daily operations and compliance program. She has over 20 years of experience in office management, accounting, and administrative support in a variety of industries, including government relations, fitness, electrical signage, and screen printing. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Texas at Austin.
Bridget Branch, Regional Program Manager (North Texas)
Bridget, a native of Las Vegas, recently relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. She comes to Texas Pace Authority from Susan G. Komen Nevada with extensive relationship building and fundraising experience. She spent 20 years in banking, a majority of it with Bank of America as a Vice President, Client Manager in Business Banking. Bridget developed a passion for community service and volunteerism while serving as the Vice President of the Bank of America Volunteer Network. She is enthusiastic, energetic, driven and ready to make strides in her new hometown.
Bridget has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Human Services Administration.
Deborah is the driving force behind the Texas PACE Authority brand. She has been working professionally as a graphic designer for 6 years. Before joining the Texas PACE Authority, Deborah received her Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in graphic design from Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
- Steve Block, secretary
- Michael Gromacki
- John Hall
- Charlene Heydinger, president
- Penny Redington
- Hon. Kip Averitt
- Tony Bennett
- Hon. Warren Chisum
- Kathey Ferland
- Debbie Kimberly
- Luke Legate
- Steve Minick
- Terrie Salinas
- Carlton Schwab
PACE in a Box
To expedite the establishment of local PACE programs in Texas and to facilitate a consistent, state-wide approach to PACE design and implementation, Keeping PACE in Texas, a nonprofit non-partisan association, organized a broad-based coalition of more than 130 stakeholders to develop a free toolkit for local governments to use in creating and implementing their PACE programs.
The toolkit, known as “PACE in a Box,” contains all of the design elements, documents, and implementation steps necessary for a local government to establish an effective PACE program quickly and economically. PACE in a Box is the first and only PACE program designed by market stakeholders. The open-market model creates a uniform, user-friendly, sustainable and scalable PACE program for Texas.
Find PACE in a Box at www.KeepingPACEinTexas.org
Texas PACE Authority’s Commitment
to being a Sustainable Business
The Texas PACE Authority is committed to leading Austin’s community as a sustainable green business. To find out more about AGBL and how to join the program visit the website here:
Start Saving Energy, Water and Money Now
For more information about adopting a PACE program in your region, taking advantage of the program, or volunteering to educate municipalities and other stakeholders, visit the website: