HON. JASON ISAAC
The Honorable Jason Isaac is co-founder and President of the Texas Natural Gas Foundation. Jason’s professional career has been focused on marketing safety, communication, and natural gas fueling solutions to the trucking industry. Working as an independent consultant for several companies that promote clean, affordable and abundant natural gas; Jason realized the industry was lacking an independent and unbiased voice to educate people about the benefits of using Texas natural gas and began efforts to start a 501(c)3 non-profit to do just that.
In 2010, Jason was elected to the Texas House of Representatives to serve Hays and Blanco Counties. Jason currently sits on the Energy Resources and Urban Affairs committees.
As a House sponsor of the Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) in 2013, Jason understands the importance of promoting alternative fuels for transportation that reduce emissions. He continues to educate stakeholders and state leaders on the benefits of the use of natural gas in Texas.
DR. KEN MORGAN
Dr. Ken Morgan obtained degrees in geology, environmental engineering and resource management before starting his career as a professor at TCU in 1978. In 1981, he started and became Director of the TCU Center for Remote Sensing and Energy Research for energy resource mapping.
Dr. Morgan has lectured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East about resource mapping, energy technology and emerging natural gas markets. In 2008, he founded and became Director of the TCU Energy Institute and established an Advisory Board of 24 energy companies. He is also the Director of TCU’s new School of Geology, Energy and The Environment. He has been appointed by Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, to promote “reason and balance” for our nation’s energy resources.
Ken has published numerous articles on the potential use of domestic natural gas in the U.S. He currently chairs the Texas ³Metroplex NGV Consortium² of over 100 companies and helped lead the successful legislation for the Texas NGV Transportation Triangle, Texas Senate Bill SB-20. He also enjoys driving a Honda GX-NGV to help promote the use of clean burning natural gas.
Mary Bell is a public affairs expert with broad experience in political strategies, crisis communication, and social media management.
Before joining the Mach 1 Group in 2017, Bell served as Director of Public Affairs and Special Projects for the Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), where she was recognized and commended for a variety of professional accomplishments.
At the height of oil prices in 2013, she served as the primary author of the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force Report to the Texas Legislature—a comprehensive, first-ever analysis of an oil and gas shale formation. These shale plays and the extraction techniques applied to them went on to change fossil fuel production throughout the world.
She also created and implemented the Chairman’s renowned Texas Natural Gas Initiative and its corresponding Summit and Career Fair, which welcomed 4,000 attendees to Austin.
In 2015, Bell founded the Texas Natural Gas Foundation (TXNG) along with State Rep. Jason Isaac (Dripping Springs), and Dr. Ken Morgan, Director of the Texas Christian University Energy Institute, and continues to serve as vice president of the Foundation. TXNG is recognized for its work on the Texas Energy Education Project, a science curriculum supplement for elementary and middle school students that focuses on the fundamentals of energy production.
Bell, who was nominated for Outstanding Women in Texas Government in 2015, has represented executive state leadership at meetings and conferences both nationally and internationally. She was selected as an official delegate for Texas’ 2016 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Trade Mission to the Philippines, Singapore, and Burma (Myanmar).
Prior to her service at the RRC, she served as the Marketing & Media Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas, and before that, earned her master’s degree with honors in Strategic Communication at Texas State University, where she also created, produced, and hosted the university’s first-ever student-produced television series.
For the past 22 years, Heather directed all marketing and public education programs for alternative fuels at the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s chief energy agency. Programs included statewide and local earned (free) media coverage, audience-specific newsletters, trade shows, promotional materials, market research, workshops, consumer rebates and grants. She also secured and administered multi-million dollar grants for alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure in Texas.
Educate public and private entities about the benefits of natural gas and its many uses.
Identify challenges and opportunities that impact business and regulatory environments.
Facilitate communication between stakeholders to help foster strategic partnerships and innovative solutions.
Develop and implement educational materials and workshops in schools and public outreach programs pertaining to the science and technology of exploration, development and production of natural gas.