Southwest Stratagem, LLC.
Southwest Stratagem, LLC, pools the experience of individuals with extensive backgrounds in political, governmental, and public affairs in Texas and Washington, D.C. who recognize the complexity of maneuvering within political and communication frameworks. Our understanding of public policy issues, along with a full list of contacts make us uniquely qualified to represent our clients in advancing their causes and enhancing their positions. Our professionals see time as precious, and unlike other advocacy firms, our group has significant experience in directing and crafting messages, issues, media, polling and positioning for local, state and national campaigns. We know our clients will either win or lose. That is why we make their concerns our own. Here at Southwest Stratagem, we have the experience necessary to advance your public affairs and communication goals.

Matt Matthews

Matt Matthews

Matt is an over thirty year veteran of Texas government and politics. He has successfully managed state and local campaigns, served as Chief of Staff in the House and Senate, and as General Counsel for the Senate State Affairs Committee and Chief Clerk for the House Financial Institutions Committee. Matt also served as Deputy General Counsel for a statewide trade association where he directed the statewide advocacy and grassroots program for its six million members. He has lobbied on behalf of a variety of corporate entities and trade associations in the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress.

Julia Grizzard

Julia Grizzard

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Julia Grizzard has worked for over ten years in education and has spent the last several years creating state-level education policy as the legislative director for the vice-chair of the House Committee on Public Education. Prior to her time at the state legislature, Julia spent a decade in curriculum development and implementation, teaching and training, and education management with The Princeton Review.  While working for Princeton Review, she worked as a classroom teacher and private tutor, then managed High School Operations in Central Texas and, finally, joined the national content team as the National Director of College Readiness and Institutional Programs.  In that final role she authored The Princeton Review’s College Handbook series and oversaw every product that Princeton Review carried to around fifty-thousand students every year in both High School and College Classrooms.  Julia left The Princeton Review to take her skills and passion to ensure students have the resources, support, and opportunities necessary to go to and complete college into the Public sector.

While completing coursework at Columbia University, Teachers College, Julia co-coordinated The Power of a Second Chance, a program that partnered with Diploma Plus New York to assist low-income, at-risk college students with financial literacy, academic support, and socio-emotional development.

As legislative director Julia managed and coordinated Representative Bernal’s entire legislative agenda as well as researched, developed, and executed legislation pertaining to public education, higher education, tax reform, healthcare, immigration, and economic development. Additionally, Julia played a key role in developing the comprehensive school finance legislation – House Bill 3, which systematically updated how public schools in Texas are funded. Julia also acted as a point of contact and resource to District 123’s educational institutions, state-wide education and policy advocacy organizations, and state agencies including the Texas Education Agency, Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Health and Human Services Commission.

Julia grew up in San Antonio, holds a BA in Political Science from Trinity University, is completing her master’s thesis on Texas School Finance and the recently passed House Bill 3 this fall, and spending any free time with her husband George and her son Liam.

Caroline Briscoe

Caroline is currently a junior at the University of Texas. As a government major, she has developed a foundation of how government works in the wide range of courses offered. Caroline has worked under a Texas State Representative where she handled grassroots activism, advising on legislative issues dealing with education, and energy, as well as assisting with campaign events. Her political activism has grown into a passion. She is also a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, the merchandise chair of Texas Baseball Diamonds, and a frequent volunteer at various non-profits.