Ware leads all phases of Texas Watch. He first began working for the organization in 2003 and has been privileged to serve the organization in multiple capacities through the years.
As Texas Watch’s spokesperson, he is dedicated to giving voice to the need for public safety and full accountability through our civil justice system. In the face of a sustained assault on our life and liberty by corporate lobbyists, he stands for the preservation of individual constitutional rights, specifically the right to trial by jury enshrined in the Seventh Amendment to our Constitution. He has been quoted in leading media outlets on issues important to consumers and working families. Ware monitors legal developments that impact Texans and helps craft policy proposals that focus on fulfilling the promise of “liberty and justice for all.”
Ware has served as the Legislative Aide to a senior member of the Texas House and Chief of Staff in the Texas Senate, enabling him to work on legislation of statewide importance and giving him insights into the workings of the Texas Capitol. He has testified before legislative committees and state agencies more times than he can count.
He holds a degree in Political Science with departmental honors from Stanford University, where he was the recipient of the Thomas Barclay Endowed Scholarship. He is also a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, where he was the recipient of the Albert P. Jones Endowed Scholarship, and has taught as an adjunct professor at the law school for eight years. He has twice been named a Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star and is listed among the Best Attorneys of America. He served as a voice for policyholders at the national level as a consumer liaison to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and fought for the rights of Texas homeowners on a statewide task force on residential arbitration.
Ware and his wife have one daughter. When he finds free time, he makes music.
Development and Operations Coordinator
As the Development and Operations Coordinator, Tara is responsible for all of the fundraising and administrative functions for Texas Watch.
Tara began her interest in fighting for justice during her studies at Middle Tennessee State University where she graduated Cum Lade with a degree in Sociology. Upon graduation, she accepted an assistantship with the College of Graduate Studies where she continued delving into the field, specifically focusing on systemic injustices and advocating for families. Shortly after receiving an opportunity to conduct research in Austin during graduate school, like everyone else, Tara fell in love with the city and never looked back. She began her professional career in education as the director of a private preschool where she focused on building relationships with families and engaging with the community. Prior to joining Texas Watch, she was the Office Manager of a law firm where she oversaw the human resources, administrative, and financial operations of the firm. Tara is excited to join in the fight to protect Texas families and consumers.
When she's not working to build our community of supporters, she likes to start her day before the sun rises with an intense CrossFit workout. As a Nashville transplant, she appreciates the eclectic Austin music scene, Texas hospitality, and good southern cooking. Tara also enjoys the arts, film, crossword puzzles, exploring the great outdoors, and taking long walks in her South Austin neighborhood.
Digital Content Coordinator
As the Digital Content Coordinator, Christian Benavides oversees the creation of video, photos, graphics, as well as maintaining all social media channels for Texas Watch. He focuses on helping Texas tell their stories in order to protect their rights and families.
During his time as a student in the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin, Christian began to venture into films that grappled with the issues of the time. His most recent project, "States & Avenues," a documentary about a recent UT graduate going back home to run for city council, was awarded a grant from KLRU in the inaugural digital maker's lab. In his spare time, Christian held different leadership positions in student organizations, including the University Filmmakers Alliance, Students of the World, and Women in Cinema.
In his professional career, he's held different internships in places such as Sparksight & UT Austin's College of Natural Science. During that time, he learned the fundamental skill of condensing information so it could be easily understood by people on the other side of the screen. Projects ranged from corporate to non-profit testimonials, cancer research, and video assets that helped raise money for a new endowment at the College of Natural Sciences.
Hailing from Houston, he has has a great sense of pride being from a city rich with culture and diversity. His time spent in the city allowed him to find ways to connect with people from all walks of life, and he uses that as a base to inform the stories he wishes to pursue. He also enjoys a great taco truck, sitting down at a coffee shop to write up his latest film idea, and listening to the newest album that attracts his attention. Christian is deeply committed to finding new ways to communicate about issues that are important to him and the people of the great State of Texas.