Governance, Inc., specializes in finding new sources of revenue as well as access to capital previously untapped by local and state government. The challenge met by our company is to find these financial resources without adding any tax or other burden on the voters/taxpayers/businesses in the client community. Decades of success stand as proof that this seemingly impossible task is considered the "ordinary" by our firm.
Why is the Yin Yang of the Tree of Knowledge / Tree of Life the symbol of our company?
We could say it is because:
There are two foundations to our success: Research & Analysis.
Every challenge must be evaluated and satisfied from two perspectives: Raison D'état and Rasion D'être.
We are driven to make sure that every solution is equally fair and of benefit to both parties.
Each reason is correct, for each is a principle that is ingrained in our DNA.
Chief Operating Officer
Ray Watson has principal responsibilities for the management of the Governance initiatives. He has spent his lifetime working for or with government - Federal, state and local - with a focus on activities to further economic and community development. He brings a wealth of inside knowledge and experience to the company, having previously led economic incentives for local governments in Texas and Louisiana. Ray's extensive knowledge together with his easy going personality makes him a favorite among clients and governments alike. In the public sector, Mr. Watson has served as the Executive Director of the Kerrville Economic Development Corporation, the Executive Director of the Windcrest Economic Development Corporation, the Executive Director of the Ruston and Ouachita Louisiana Economic Development Corporations, as well as a legislative director for the U.S.D.A. in Washington, D.C. At Windcrest EDC, Mr. Watson was the architect and leader of the project team that succeeded in attracting Rackspace's HQ and its 6,000 employees, causing him to be named one of San Antonio Business Journal's 40 Under 40 winners in 2007. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas A&M, and is a CEcD and member of the Texas Economic Development Council, the International Economic Development Council as well as Rotary International.
Oscar Gonzalez has been a dedicated public servant his entire life. From being highly decorated in serving our Country in Vietnam (where he was critically wounded multiple times), through his post-military life serving as a County Commissioner, City Councilman, School Board member, and a board member of numerous other community organizations, Mr. Gonzalez has put others so far first that his own personal interests seem to never make "the list". It should have been expected, as public service seems to be in the family genes. His brothers have also been public servants - elected as District Judges and as District and County Attorneys. Even his wife serves the public - as a professor at Sul Ross State University. Never one to clamor for credit, Mr. Gonzalez has for decades worked quietly and successfully to bring jobs and economic opportunity to the disadvantaged communities in West Texas which his family has called home since the time when West Texas was part of the Louisiana Territory.
Lindora Baker has dedicated her life to serving the community. She served as an elected Caddo Parish Commissioner (District 6) for 12 years, serving 35,000 constituents. During that time, she was Caddo Parish Board President as well as the 1st Economic Development Committee Chair. Additionally, Ms. Baker served as the Community and Economic Development Committee Chair for the National Association of County Officials (NACo) for 5 years. That position afforded her the opportunity to lobby Congress and Congressional Staff to appropriate funding for both general capital and economic development local projects. She represented NACo in meetings with federal and international entities including the German Embassy and also represented NACo and Caddo Parish in Japan at the Government Exchange Economic Development Seminar. Ms. Baker is currently the SBDC Regional Community Business Advisor for Northwest Louisiana. Immediately prior to her appointment to this position, she served as the Community and Government Affairs Executive for University Health Shreveport bridging the gap between the community and the hospital. In addition, she has over 25 years of experience in educating the community at all levels of healthcare where she served as the Program Development Coordinator. Ms. Baker has a BA in Business Administration and her most recent community awards are recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award, Community Leaders of the Year, Impact Family of Covenant Churches, Senior Ministry Service Award and Community Service Award.
The Honorable Sam Jenkins is a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and a former Shreveport City Councilman (Council Chairman and Mayor Pro Tempore), Shreveport Assistant City Attorney, and Caddo Parish Commissioner who has dedicated his life to serving the public as both an elected official and as an advocate. He is skilled and knowledgeable in both public policy and the art of navigating government waterways. In the House, he currently sits on the following committees: Civil Law; House & Governmental Affairs; House
Executive Committee. Additionally, he is the Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Mr. Jenkins is a well-respected former member of the Louisiana Municipal Association, and is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Legal Services of North Louisiana Board of Directors. Mr. Jenkins holds BS and J.D. degrees from Southern University.