​About/Contact

Established in 1994 by the Texas Restaurant Association, the TRA Education Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on providing the necessary resources to help restaurateurs confront educational and labor challenges with the latest innovations in education, technology, and training.

The Foundation's mission is to provide educational opportunities to build and maintain a strong professional foodservice workforce in Texas. The organization's flagship program is Texas ProStart, an industry-based, two-year high school culinary arts and restaurant management curriculum.

Texas ProStart is currently in 250+ Texas high schools, reaching over 25,000 students annually.

TRA Education Foundation Headquarters

Office: 512.457.4100
Fax: 512.472.2777
Email

Mailing Address*
PO Box 1429, Austin, TX 78767-1429

Physical Address
3300 N. IH 35, Ste. 610, Austin, TX 78705

Business Hours
8:30am - 5:30pm, Monday-Friday

*If using FedEx or UPS, please use our physical address.
 

Staff

Yvonne Loya Saenz, Director of Education/Texas ProStart Coordinator | Email
Steph Smith, Director of Workforce Programming | Email

Board of Trustees

The TRA Education Foundation is governed by its Board of Trustees comprised of restaurateurs, industry vendors and suppliers, and high school and post-secondary educators.

2019-2020 OFFICERS

President John Gessner, SVM Productions & Fox Rothschild, LLP
Immediate Past President Jimmy Hasslocher, Frontier Enterprises/Jim's Restaurants
President-Elect Gary Johnson, Frontier Enterprises/Jim's Restaurants
Vice President Leo Duran, L&J Cafe
Chairwoman Sharon Van Meter, 3015 at Trinity Groves, a division of SVM Productions, LLC
Vice Chair Patrick Costello, St. Philip's College
Immediate Past-Chairwoman Jessica Delgado, Salt/house. wine. & bistro./Salomé on Main
Secretary-Treasurer Jonathan Horowitz, Legacy Restaurants