Carmen Tilton is a sixth generation Tejana, mother of an outgoing two-year-old, and former legislative policy analyst for Rep. Joaquin Castro and Sen. Wendy Davis. She wants a public education system which values ALL students and which is committed to educating the whole child. 

She has decided to run for the Austin ISD Board of Trustees because she believes that the school district ought to reflect the progressive ideals of the generous community which supports it. Carmen brings a clear vision and new ideas for stabilizing the district's finances, a passion for collaboration, and a desire for a school district which reflects Austin's beautiful diversity. 

No stranger to adversity, during her six years in the Texas Legislature, she helped to negotiate and craft legislation which reduced the standardized testing burden on special education teachers, proposed updating vital portions of the school finance formula, brought additional accountability and legal clarity to charter schools, modernized high school curriculum, and overhauled the state's foster care system. 

Despite working in a highly partisan and oftentimes combative environment, Carmen Tilton earned a reputation as a staff member who thrived in the minutia of complex systems and could find commonality among divisive advocacy groups. She forged constructive relationships with offices in both chambers and both parties. 

As a candidate for District 9 on the Austin ISD School Board of Trustees, Carmen hopes to use this passion for education policy, extensive experience with the legislative process, and knack for negotiation on behalf of the community she loves.


Carmen is the perfect blend of progressive ideals and common sense. She has the experience to succeed despite overwhelming obstacles. Together we passed accountability and transparency laws for charter schools, uncovered major ethics violations in Pearson’s STAAR testing contract, and defended against Dan Patrick’s attacks on public education. She will be a powerful advocate for the Austin community.
— Hon. Wendy Davis, founder of Deeds Not Words and State Senator (2009-2015)