Brian Sweany

Brian D. Sweany has been active in Texas media and communications for more than two decades. As a founding partner at Upward Strategy Group, he has served as the communications director for state agencies, developed the communications strategy for a major public policy initiative at the Legislature, and worked closely with Richards Partners on behalf of national clients like the Salvation Army.

A proud alum of Texas Monthly, he started his journalism career there as an intern, in 1996, and ultimately served as Editor-in-Chief until he resigned in 2016. He led the magazine’s political coverage for multiple legislative sessions, and in his final year, he was named to the Folio 100 as an “Up and Coming Trailblazer” for leading “one of the highest quality regional magazines in the US, where editorial excellence is the norm.”

He is an active board member of the Texas Book Festival and the Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT, and in his free time, you can find him on the tennis court trying not to double-fault or at his home office trying to finish his biography of Charles Goodnight.