We traveled over 70,000 miles last year not because we had to, but because we felt it was our duty to connect with our communities of South Texas and share information about the importance of the oil & gas industry, the impact it has on the Texas economy, and the ways it will help their communities in the short and long term. Every STEER employee is a leader in their respective field and we all share a passion for community involvement and education which motivates us to do our very best work day in and day out.
As President and former Vice President of the South Texas Energy & Economic Roundtable (STEER), Ashcraft facilitates communication, education and public advocacy surrounding the production of energy resources in South Texas. An experienced industry leader, Ashcraft works directly with the oil and natural gas industry, local officials, community members, regional stakeholders, educational institutions and economic development organizations to ensure that the oil and natural gas industry in South Texas is advancing in a positive way that is mutually beneficial to both the community and the industry.
Prior to joining STEER, Ashcraft served as the Alternative Energy Transportation Manager with the Alamo Area Council of Governments. There, he founded the South Central Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium and managed the Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition. Ashcraft has provided environmental, alternative energy and agricultural analysis to the federal government and numerous state and local organizations. While employed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, he assisted with issues related to agriculture, rural communities, and alternative energy.
Ashcraft is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maine with a minor in military science and leadership development. Upon graduation, Christopher Ashcraft received a Commission as an Officer in the United States Army where he completed his military service obligations with an honorable discharge. Ashcraft has twin daughters, Aurelia and Francesca.
Yliana Flores’ main job function is to serve as the liaison between industry and stakeholders in the Eagle Ford Shale. Flores works with various groups including, local stakeholders, and elected officials such as County Judges, County Commissioners, Mayors, and City Councils to ensure a positive outlook on the industry. Her role benefits STEER and the oil and gas industry by consistently working to establish and maintain relationships that are vital to the community and industry.
The goal of Flores’ role is to develop outreach strategies which allow STEER leadership to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences. Flores’ ability to make decisions in a changing environment and work independently while on the road makes her an effective member of the team.
Flores graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Communication and recently completed her masters at UTSA in Public Administration. She started working at the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) Natural Resources Department as an intern through AmeriCorps. After she finished her 10-month program with AmeriCorps, Flores was offered a full time job with the Clean Cities Program, where she eventually became the Clean Cities Coordinator. After 4 years with AACOG, Flores transitioned to the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), as an Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator where she served as the liaison for SARA and their southern county boundaries. Her work included communicating with local officials and the community on topics that impacted SARA.
Within her first six months with STEER, Flores managed to increase the awareness of the STEER organization within the San Antonio region through outreach with young professionals. STEER’s Millennial Committee recognized a gap between industry and young professionals. Through hard work, STEER has participated in several outreach events and reached an audience of over 200 young professionals. STEER has seen a surge of support that they hope will continue to grow over time.
Flores is currently involved in Leadership San Antonio.