The Apartment Association of Greater Dallas (AAGD) is the voice of the rental housing industry in the greater Dallas area and monitors all proposed ordinances and legislation at the local, state, and federal level that affects the rental housing industry.
AAGD serves as the local liaison for the legislative programs conducted by the Texas Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association, as well as maintaining its own Political Action Committee which contributes to local and state candidates that represent and advocate for the rental housing industry.
Jason earned a B.S. in Political Science and English from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and he earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While attending college, Jason worked as a staffer for Congressman Dick Armey and U.S. Senator Phil Gramm. After graduating from law school, Jason served as the campaign manager for Congressman Kenny Marchant, then joined Congressman Marchant’s district office staff and worked there for five years, handling communications, political affairs, and constituent services.
Jason later joined the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, where he was the Director of Legislative Advocacy and Media for the fourth largest chamber of commerce in North Texas. At the Irving Chamber, Jason led the chamber’s legislative advocacy program and media relations, representing the North Texas business community and working with elected officials at all levels of government to promote pro-business public policy. Prior to joining AAGD, Jason worked for Hill and Knowlton Strategies – a global public relations company – where he supported the governmental affairs team and corporate communications team at Oncor Electric Delivery in Dallas.
Raphaella Silva is the Government Affairs Manager for AAGD. Raphaella joined AAGD in 2018. Prior to AAGD, Raphaella served as Principal at Hill and Knowlton Strategies in Dallas and held progressively senior roles with the company – specializing in corporate government affairs, strategic communications and legislative support, and management of one of the largest PACs in North Texas. Raphaella earned a B.S. with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin.