Meet the Team

Headquartered just outside Buda, south of Austin, its principal partners have worked on public involvement and planning projects across Texas and several other states. The operations partners are Jeff Barton and Kara Bishop Buffington. Partner Cyndy Slovak-Barton manages administration. Colleagues include talented staff and strategic partners.

Jeff Barton

A San Marcos native, Jeff has managed planning, feasibility, and public affairs projects across Texas and in two states, working for clients as varied as small communities and Fortune 500 companies. He has directed the land planning and community relations department for a Texas engineering firm, and won awards for his communications work.

Kara Bishop Buffington

As a policy aide, issues consultant, and proselytizer for β€œnew” media, Kara is passionate about crafting a clear message and creating effective communication strategies. A Central Texas native, Ms. Buffington attended Pine Manor College in Boston where she was recognized as a Margaret Elkins Leadership Scholar and obtained a coveted internship for then U.S. Senator John Kerry (now Secretary of State). Since then, she has worked in communications, campaign strategy, government planning, project management and budgeting.

Cyndy Slovak-Barton

A business owner and entrepreneur for more than two decades, Cyndy has found ways to interweave her skills in journalism and communication with a passion for crisp business management and contract compliance. In addition to her work at Gap Strategies – where she assists with media strategy and manages business operations – Cyndy is publisher of the award-winning Hays Free Press newspaper and