Meet the Team
We're a small core team, but we pack a pretty big punch. One client calls us, "the little company that could." We love it. In addition to our group of four (we've grown since this picture was taken!), we work with a bunch of really great freelancers and other creative shops on a regular basis. You can read more about each of us, and some of the folks we partner with, below.
Sharon Lyle. Co-Founder, Partner.
Sharon likes to build things. She's a INFP (although the "I" is questionable). She loves playing professional matchmaker and bringing together interesting people and ideas, which is reflected in the work she does building programs and speaker series.
Before she and Meredith decided to spend their time working on Public City, Sharon was the Founding Director of TEDxSMU, one of the very early TEDx events, and TEDxKIds @SMU, the first-ever TEDx event for kids.
She also has a background in marketing (branding, experiential, public relations, community outreach) and fundraising.
Her first job out of college was for a PreK-8th grade boys' school that had the best motto ever: Be Honest. Be Kind. Be the Best You Can Be. While that job now feels like it was lightyears ago, she keeps that motto front and center in her work.
Meredith Powell. Co-Founder, Partner.
This is Meredith Powell. She's passionate about people and about community. She's fascinated by the rapid urbanization of our cities and has spent her career working to enhance cultural vibrancy through art and experiences in the urban environment.
Before founding Public City, Meredith led Art Alliance Austin in launching award-winning programs and initiatives, including large-scale multi-site cultural events, temporary public art and design projects, and culture-led economic and community development strategies. With serious results. To the tune of nearly $10 million in direct economic impact to the City of Austin and over $500,000 in direct investment into the creative community through artist fees, awards, and institutional support.
As an artistic director, Meredith has collaborated with and commissioned acclaimed Austin-based and international curators, artists, and designers, earning numerous awards and recognition for artistic excellence.
She's rooted in a deep understanding of the direct relationship between a vibrant creative community and quality of place. And she's excited about the future.