About HPC

Debra Haas serves as the principal consultant for Haas Policy and directs the research efforts of the firm. Since 1986, Ms. Haas has worked in the areas of public education, school finance research, and long-range planning. She has served as author and editor of numerous policy reports, staff director for special legislative committees, and has been deposed on issues relating to school facilities in the Edgewood school finance litigation.

From 1986 to 1992 she worked for the Texas Education Agency in Department of Research on a variety of projects including the research team for the Edgewood litigation and as the project manager for $5 million in contracts for a legislatively required inventory of all public school facilities. From 1992-1998 she served as a senior analyst at the Texas Legislative Budget Board where she was responsible for ongoing research and evaluation of school finance in Texas. In 1998 Ms. Haas left government service to establish Haas Policy Consulting, Inc.

From 2004 through 2011 Ms. Haas served as an adjunct professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin where she taught courses on program evaluation and management, and educational equity and school finance.

Debra Haas holds a Bachelor's Degree in Government from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Her career has included service on the Editorial Board of the Texas Researcher, published by the Texas Center for Educational Research, and as a member of the board of directors of the American Education Finance Association. She also served as the moderator for the U.S. Department of Education sponsored NCES "Stat Chat" online discussion group for education finance.

In addition to serving as the principal consultant for Haas Policy Consulting, Inc., Ms. Haas is an Affiliate Consultant with Mission Capital (formerly Greenlights for Non-Profit Success) working with their Social Venture Partners Accelerator Program.

Ms. Haas serves on two citizen committees for the Austin Independent School District: The Budget and Finance Advisory Committee and the 2015-2020 Strategic Action Planning Committee. She serves on the boards of the Groundwork Music Project and Performa/Dance.  Ms. Haas been recognized for outstanding volunteer service by AISD, Ballet Austin, Emancipet, The Austin Children's Museum and Urban Roots.