Issue Areas:

Texas Space Policy
Workforce and Budget
Higher Education Policy
Broadband Internet
Artificial Intelligence


Yale University

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Oxford University
Master of Science in Social Policy

Mitrah Avini

Policy Analyst


Mitrah joined Texas 2036 in September 2022 and currently leads the Digital Texas Coalition. Her policy areas include space policy, higher education and workforce, broadband internet, and AI and the future economy. In the 88th Legislature, her lobbying efforts and testimonies before House and Senate committees helped support the passage of House Bill 3447, creating the Texas Space Commission, and House Bill 9, establishing a $1.5 billion constitutionally-dedicated Broadband Infrastructure Fund.

Prior Work Experience

Mitrah comes to Texas 2036 with a background in housing, health policy and politics. She was previously a candidate for Austin City Council, where she focused on environmental justice and housing affordability issues. She was also named an Asia 21 Young Leader by the Asia Society for her commitment to public service and knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region. As part of her work with the Asia Society, she advised a start-up company developing sustainable and compostable hygiene products for school girls in India.

Mitrah completed her undergraduate education at Yale University, where she studied philosophy, political science, ethics and international affairs, before earning a Master of Science from Oxford University, with a focus on government and policy. Prior to graduate school, Mitrah lived and worked in Manhattan, where she served as a speechwriter, policy advisor and press secretary for a New York City mayoral campaign.

Born and raised in Austin, Mitrah comes from a long line of Texans with a history of commitment to public service. Her great grandfather was appointed Chief of Police to the Panama Canal Zone by President Roosevelt. Her grandmother served the Texas State Legislature for many years before finishing her career with service to the Texas Department of Human Services until retirement.

In her free time, Mitrah enjoys playing horse polo, stargazing across Texas and exploring Austin’s arts and cultural scene.