Founding Board

Founding Board

Jose Alvarez

After graduating from Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice, Jose became a Houston Police Officer.  Soon thereafter, he entered the corporate world of Loss Prevention and spent the last 25 years working with Target Corporation, Mervyn’s Stores and now with H-E-B.  His Partners (H-E-B employees) say he is a long lost Partner who has finally found his home.  As the Central Texas Director of Loss Prevention, Jose revels in H-E-B’s giving culture.  H-E-B is committed to making the communities it serves a better place to live by investing in education, the arts, hunger awareness, health and wellness, and disaster relief.  The arts is one place where H-E-B’s volunteerism and Jose’s passion merge.   Jose has been able to meld his volunteer work with helping his son develop his musical career.  Jose also serves on the Capitol Area Crime Stoppers Board of Directors and has assisted in sponsoring several musical performances at Dell Children’s Hospital.  He is married to Donise, his college sweetheart.  Together they enjoy the company of their adult children; Vanessa and Kris (daughter/son-in-law) and Austin (son).

Clifford Gillard

Clifford has been a long standing community activist on Austin’s east side.  He routinely conducts focus groups, hosts various community meetings, and represents businesses and residents regarding living and working east of I35.  For the past 5 years, he has produced a series of successful events on the east side for residents and visitors during February, Black History Month, to highlight the contribution of urban music to Austin’s culture.  Entitled From Gospel to Hip Hop, the series includes performance and learning opportunities geared toward urban music.  Capitol View Arts is an extension of these events.  Clifford moved to Texas in 1996 from Trinidad and holds a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Texas.  He has worked at the Historic Victory Grill since 2005 and his company, Another Option Productions, is the current leaseholder of the establishment.  Clifford is a member of the City of Austin African American Resource Advisory Commission.

Alissa McCain

Alissa is currently the Program Manager at Austin Creative Alliance and the Program Director-Central Texas for Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.  From July 2006 to May 2011, Alissa held the position of Director of Programs and Operations at Austin Music Foundation (AMF).  She launched the Small Group Sessions and Austin Music Mixer programs, created and executed community outreach efforts, developed strategic cash and in-kind donor relationships to allow maximum benefit from donated funds, and streamlined office processes.  She produced over 75 educational and 60 networking events for the music community during her tenure at AMF.  Other professional experience includes project, budget, and grant management at the Texas Department of Public Safety and large-scale music event planning at South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals.  Alissa holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and a J.D. from Texas Tech University. She is a member of the Texas Bar.  Alissa was chosen to participate in the inaugural Impact Texas Leadership Program produced by the OneStar Foundation in 2010.