Reed Clay

Founder & CEO

Reed has earned a reputation as a tireless worker who is trusted for his honest communication, strategic approach, and deep understanding of a broad range of industries and issues. He spent over a decade at the highest levels of government, and during that time, became an expert in how government operates. Reed was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for the State of Texas under Governor Greg Abbott, where he worked daily alongside executive and legislative leadership to implement Governor Abbott's vision for the State of Texas. From healthcare, to energy; from insurance to retail; from manufacturing to infrastructure; from water to waste – Reed has a deep understanding of highly regulated industries and how government action impacts the bottom line.

 

Reed played an integral role in helping Governor Abbott attract quality leadership to oversee Texas' executive agencies and worked alongside agency leadership to tackle some of the toughest problems facing the State of Texas. During his time in the state capitol, Reed was also heavily involved in the development and execution of legislative priorities - from policy formation, to bill drafting, to working the legislative process. Because of his legal expertise and hands-on experience implementing legislation at the agency level, Reed is able to clearly see the real-world, policy impact of legislative and rulemaking decisions.

 

Reed understands government at every level. In particular, he understands the complex interaction between governments.  While serving in the Governor's Office, he managed Texas' Office of State-Federal Relations - the primary point of contact between the State of Texas and the federal government, including Congress. Reed’s deep understanding of federal agencies dates back to his time at the U.S. Department of Justice where he defended federal programs in litigation. 

 

Similarly, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Reed was instrumental in helping local governments interact with both the state and federal governments to bring needed assistance to their communities. As the Governor’s point-man for the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, Reed leveraged his experience and relationships in Washington, DC to help the Governor secure billions of dollars in federal assistance for the affected region. Reed has developed a rare expertise in disaster recovery programs, and more importantly how they are implemented. He is intimately familiar with the role that both the public and private sectors play in disaster preparedness and recovery.  In fact, at the request of the committee chairman, he testified alongside the FEMA administrator and other experts from across the country before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security to share his insights for improving the disaster recovery process.

Gov. Abbott to meet congressional leaders Tuesday on Harvey aid

Previous Experience

Chief Operating Officer
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

October 2017 - October 2018

Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

February 2016 - October 2017

Senior Advisor to the Governor
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

January 2015 - February 2016

Senior Counsel to the Attorney General
Office of the Texas Attorney General

September 2010 - January 2015

Assistant Solicitor General
Office of the Texas Attorney General

January 2010 - September 2010

Trial Attorney
U.S. Department of Justice

October 2005 - December 2009

Duke University School of Law

Juris Doctor/Master of Arts

June 2002 - September 2005

Wake Forest University

Bachelor of Arts with Honors

August 1997 - May 2001

 

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