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The Smart City Policy Group consulting team has the experience to help you find your way from here to tomorrow.


Former Austin Mayor,

Retired Airline Pilot

Lee Leffingwell is a native Austinite and grew up in the Bouldin neighborhood.  His father was an Austin firefighter and later a Travis County Deputy Sheriff; his mother worked as an admissions clerk at the University of Texas.  Lee attended Austin public schools and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in mechanical engineering.

After college, Lee became an officer and pilot in the United States Navy and served in the Vietnam War.  After leaving active duty, he served in the Navy Reserves and retired at the rank of Commander.  He was a pilot with Delta Air Lines for more than 31 years, culminating his career as an international B‐767 and MD‐11 Captain. 

After retiring from Delta, Lee volunteered in Austin, working on environmental issues.  He was appointed to the Environmental Board by the Austin City Council in 1999, and subsequently elected Chair by his colleagues.  In 2005, Lee ran for and won the Place 1 seat on the Austin City Council; he was re‐elected to that seat in 2008 with 68% of the vote. In 2009, Lee ran successfully for mayor, and was re‐elected in 2012.  

During his time in the mayor’s office, Lee focused on economic development, transportation infrastructure, and veteran’s issues, in addition to helping create ride-sharing and short-term rental regulations that were viewed as national best practice models.

Lee is married to Julie Byers, a registered nurse. Lee and Julie are the parents of three, and the grand‐parents of six.


Former Pleasanton Mayor

Jennifer Hosterman comes to us with breadth and depth in public service in local, state and national government.  Jennifer was first elected to the Pleasanton City Council in 2002, followed by serving eight years as the Mayor of this city – population 72,000.  In that time, she served on many boards and commissions related to transportation, housing, energy, water issues, air quality, and more. She co-Chaired the Mayors Water Council for the United States Conference of Mayors, and worked on the Mayors’ behalf to update and streamline the Environmental Protection Agency’s framework for addressing combined sewer overflow regulations.  She was appointed to serve on the Local Government Advisory Committee to the EPA by Secretary Lisa Jackson, and later by Bob Perciasepe and Gina McCarthy. 


Following public service, Jennifer worked as a consultant/advocate for water companies looking to partner with cities to update their water policy and infrastructure. She is a tough negotiator who has proven ability to move the ball forward at all levels of government.

Jennifer has a degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, and a Juris Doctorate from the John F. Kennedy University School of Law.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for her work.  

Jennifer is married to Mike Hosterman, a personal injury attorney in Pleasanton.  They have three daughters and sons-in-law who are all in careers benefiting people and the environment.  Jennifer loves to read, cook, and run.  She is a long time student of mycology, because any life form that has its own kingdom is worthy of study.  She is also a Master Falconer, and hunts rabbits with her Harris’ hawk. 


Tourism Marketing Master

Bob Lander was the President and CEO of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau for 15 years until July of 2016.  Prior to coming to Austin, Bob served as the Executive Vice President for the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau and spent more than 15 years in the hotel industry with experience as Vice President Sales and Marketing, General Manager, and other related positions for companies such as Ramada Hotels, Stouffer Hotels and Resorts and Renaissance Hotels.


Bob is active in several industry related organizations.  He was a board member of the Austin Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA), and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).  He served on the Board of Directors of the United States Travel Association and their Policy Council.  Lander is the immediate past Chairman of the Destination Marketing Association where he served on the board for several years. Last year he was recognized with the Spirit of Hospitality Award by the Austin hospitality community for his efforts in advancing Austin into worldwide prominence as a destination.


Bob has worked closely over the years with federal, state and local governments in recognizing and developing the cultural and economic benefits of tourism.


Bob continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Destination Marketing Association International, is an Executive Consultant with Searchwide, Inc., the most prominent executive search firm in the hospitality industry, and also with MDS London, a creative marketing agency specializing in travel and entertainment brands. Lander is also excited to continue his work in helping to develop the relationships with new economy companies, communities and stakeholders with the Smart City Policy Group.


Bob splits his time between Austin and Traverse City, Michigan.  He holds a B.A. Degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University.   He is originally from Waco, Texas and is married with two grown sons.


Capitol Hill Connector

Jonathan M. Orloff is the founder and president of Capitol Partners, Inc.   


Mr. Orloff began his career on Capitol Hill, serving first as professional staff to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopolies and later to the full Senate Judiciary Committee.


He also worked as legislative assistant and senior staffer to the late Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, where he was primarily responsible for appropriations legislation.


Mr. Orloff served in Sen. Kennedy’s 1980 White House bid as coordinator for New England issues and as statewide campaign manager for North Carolina. In 1986, Mr. Orloff joined Cassidy and Associates as its fourth principal. He was critical in the firm’s expansion and development for the next ten years. He founded Capitol Partners, Inc. in 1999. 

Mr. Orloff is also the founder of the American Shipbuilding Suppliers Association (ASSA), a domestic industry lobby which works with the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, and Congress itself to fulfill the federal government’s naval supply needs. 

Throughout his career in public affairs, Mr. Orloff has been active in national Democratic politics. He served on the National Finance Council of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and on the board of the Fund for a Democratic Majority.


Mr. Orloff received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1977 and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1983.  He lives in Washington, D.C. 


Sound and Music Policy Expert

Don Pitts is the Founder of Sound Music Cities, which finds practical solutions to sound issues and grows music economies for entertainment cities across the country. Before that, he spent 30 years working in the music and entertainment industry, notably as head of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department’s Music and Entertainment Division. There, he spearheaded the regulatory reform effort and developed a new way of understanding sound and noise ordinances. This resulted in the reduction of music complaints 70% during his tenure, and his nickname, “The Sound Whisperer.”


When it comes to the music industry, this Nashville-born Austinite has done it all, including managing bands and venues, handling entertainment relations for Gibson Guitar, co-founding the North American Music Cities Summit, and working in the public sector. This unique background informs Don’s ability to balance the needs of the music industry with those of the community; his policies and recommendations support musicians and venues, as well as businesses and residents. 


After just one conversation with Don, it will become evident that he has a special combination of political know-how, street-smarts and active listening skills—three crucial parts of connecting the dots in a large music ecosystem project. He always brings a fresh, unbiased perspective and listens for patterns and themes unique to the city. Above all else, Don works alongside clients as a partner, digging deep into the foundational issues that make or break a sound music economy. Driven by the belief that venues and neighborhoods can and should coexist, he’ll give a clear and actionable path forward.


When he’s not advising cities on music-related business or devoting his time to enhancing the quality of the Austin music(ian) experience, Don is adding to his collection of rare and vintage western shirts. 


Travel Industry Expert

Daniel Dozier advises destinations on practices of development and growth, with a focus on sustainability and participatory planning.  Daniel has a Masters of Tourism Administration from the George Washington University School of Business and over a decade of experience in public affairs in Europe and the United States. He has worked for prominent communications firms in DC advising clients ranging from non-profits to multinational brands on ways to connect with constituents using technology and partnerships.


Prior to starting his own consulting practice, he was Chief of Staff to the US Ambassador for the World Expo in Milan, Italy in 2015 and served in the same capacity at the residence of the US Ambassador to France and Monaco from 2009 through 2012 where he curated social, cultural and diplomatic events for the Embassy.  Daniel also worked on President Obama's 2008 campaign as Director of International Fundraising and then served in the same role for the Inauguration in 2009 and at the Democratic National Committee.