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Trace Finley

Trace Finley began his independent consulting practice in response to an identified need to provide outreach-consulting services to public and private sector clients. Today, Mr. Finley offers governmental affairs services that include policy and strategic consulting, advocacy and business development. Mr. Finley has expertise in natural resources, real estate energy, water, procurement, disaster recovery, and strategic communications.


Trace began his career at the General Land Office in 2002 as a member of Commissioner –Elect Jerry Patterson’s transition team where he assisted in the evaluation of agency programs and policies prior to Commissioner Patterson assuming office. As Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Governmental Affairs Trace was responsible for agency rule and policy development and represented the agency before local, state, and federal elected officials. Trace was instrumental in the development and passage of significant legislation involving natural resources, energy, veteran affairs, and real estate that will have a lasting impact on the agency’s future.


Prior to joining the Patterson administration, Trace served as Director for Business Development for an information technology and imaging firm that catered to public sector clients. Before his stint in the private sector, Trace worked extensively on regulatory and natural resource issues at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.


Trace is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Political Science and the Governor’s Executive Development Program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is a member of Christ the King Presbyterian Church and resides in Austin with his wife and their two sons.

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