Member Spotlight JJ Colburn

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JJ ColburnJJ Colburn

Executive Director
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

TSAE Member Since 2001

What We Do

Connect and empower educators and parents to meet the unique needs of gifted learners.

Number of Members


Annual Operating Budget

$1 million

Staff Size

Years in Association Management


How I Got into Association Management

I became involved in associations through my own personal membership, volunteer service and leadership in organizations that served my professional career in education, which then led to a career in association management.

What I Like About My Job

Communicating the organization’s vision with members and staff, contributing to the professional journey of staff members, and establishing connections with other organizations.

My Biggest Challenge

Dealing with decreased participation from members due to school budget cuts.

What I am Most Proud of at Our Association

We have formed strong partnerships with other associations and have revised our volunteer leadership structure successfully.

What I Want to Learn from Other TSAE Members

I am interested to discover creative ways others are diversifying revenue and explore work place innovation strategies.

How TSAE has Helped Me

TSAE has provided opportunities to connect professionally and personally with brilliant and dynamic people. TSAE's professional development opportunities and resources are creative, cutting edge and relevant, which allows me to lead my association more effectively and with more confidence.

JJ may be reached at 512-499-8248 or
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