Meet Our Leaders

Hon. Larry Wallace Jr., PHD

Board Chair

Dr. Wallace is the 1st Black Mayor of Manor, Texas, the 7th fastest growing suburb in America (2018) and top 20th best small cities to live in America (2019). He is President of Wallace Brothers & Associates, Co-Owner of The Transition, Chief of Staff to Austin Councilwoman Natasha Harper-Madison, and Special Advisor for Environmental Justice & Advocacy to the Austin Area Urban League. He also serves as the Texas Veterans Commission – Veterans Services Advisory Committee Vice Chair; Black Men’s Health Clinic – Board Chair; Huston Tillotson University – Adjunct Professor; Texas State University – Lecturer; Texas Veterans Leadership Task Force (Dept of Veterans Affairs – Community Veterans Engagement Board) – Chair; Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council – Executive Board, Black Community Advisory Chair, and Waterloo District Nominating Chair; City of Austin Resiliency HUB Advisory Committee; and Sobering Center – Board Member. Larry also authored three books: Adaptive Leadership in High-Stress Occupations: Application to the Military, Irony or Symbolism, The Esoteric Mason), and Co-Author The Transition: Preparing for Financial Combat.

Dr. Wallace previously served as a Senior Access – Advisory Member; Eastern Crescent Health Now Committee – Advisory Member; Northcentral University – School of Business Professional Advisory Committee Member and Military Inclusion & Diversity Lead; Texas Municipal League (Region 10) – President; Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization – Board Member; Manor Schoolhouse Foundation – Board Member; State of Texas Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (Hiring Our Heroes) – Chair; Manor Independent School District – Citizen’s Bond Advisory Committee; Travis County Healthcare Division (Central Health) – Ambassador; U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy – Senior Transition Advisor; Huston-Tillotson University – Assistant Professor of Management; University of Texas System Administration – Director of Veterans Support & Leadership Programs; C2 Change – Vice Chair & Strategic Planning Chair; VETTED Foundation – Executive in Residence; Blackberry Radio – Gospel Personality; Central Texas College – Adjunct Professor; and College Proctor for 3 universities.

While serving in the military, Dr. Wallace was Chief of Staff to the Chief People Officer then Deputy Chief of Staff to the Commanding General for U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne) during the integration of women into combat roles; Chief of Staff to the Chief of Intelligence & Operations then Managing Director for USANATO during the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, European base closures, and NATO forces realignment; Director of People for an Infantry Task Force overseeing Anbar Province (the largest in Iraq); a Top Tier US Postal Managing Director covering Southern Iraq; ROTC Recruiter for University of Texas at Arlington, Managing Director for the Mid-Cities Drill Sergeant Training Company; One Stop Unit Training Drill Sergeant at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; and Department of the Army Promotion System & Customer Service Senior Manager for 25th Infantry Division & Johnston Island.

Civic & Social Body experiences include President for 3 districts & 13 local groups, State Junior Vice President, Strategic Director for 4 states, and Chief Administrative Officer for 3 national staffs; Assistant Scoutmaster; and Greek Life President, National Pan-Hellenic Council Community Services Director, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Graduate Advisor, and Mascot at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Recognitions include 2022 Outstanding Community Dad Award (The Man In Me); 2022 Outstanding Leadership (Austin NAACP Chapter); 2022 Extra Mile Nominee (Texas Veterans Commission); 2021 Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award (Boy Scouts of America); 2022 Congressional Candidate; 2021 Austin Under 40 Finalist (Mentor of the Year); 26th Annual Heinz Award Nominee (Austin Area Urban League) ; 2020 Alpha Great (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.); 2020 Changing the Story Distinguished Community Leader (African American Youth Harvest Foundation); 2019 Austin Under 40 Dual Finalist in Youth & Education and Civics, Government & Public Affairs; 2019 Achievements in Black Austin Honoree (Austin Black Business Journal); 42 performance awards; 2 district staff member of the year awards; community service & president of the year award; 3 honorary & 25 invitational civic & social organizations; Golden International Honour Society; Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business; National Society of Leadership & Success; International Scholar Laureate Program for Business & Entrepreneurship; 2016 National Defense University’s Joint Special Operations Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies selectee, Northcentral University 2018 Dissertation of the Year Nominee; and Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Honorary Member.

Education includes Northcentral University – Doctorates & MBA in Management; University of Texas at Arlington – Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies; Amberton University – Masters in Human Relations & Business; Texas A&M at Commerce & Saint Joseph University – Executive Leadership Certificates in Entrepreneurship; Syracuse University – Veterans in Politics & Civic Engagement Certificate; and University of Pennsylvania at Wharton – Business Skills Certificate.

Dr. Wallace is married to the former Jamilah Sharp of Atlanta, Georgia, and father of Levi, and twins Madison and Elijah.