Grant Billingsley is Executive Director of Scharbauer Foundation, Inc., a private charitable foundation in Midland, TX. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as Manager of Public Affairs for Wagner & Brown, Ltd., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company also in Midland, TX.
At Wagner & Brown, he was responsible for communications, community affairs and government relations issues. Grant was executive director of the Midland Chamber of Commerce for three years before joining Wagner & Brown.
Grant served as Chairman of the Special Community Advisory Committee which guided program development and the design of the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center between Midland and Odessa as part of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The committee was also instrumental in securing pledges for more than $24 million in local support for the center.
In 2005, Grant chaired the statewide Texas Energy Cluster Team, one of six economic sector groups that comprised the Governor’s Industry Cluster Initiative. From 2005 to 2009, he served as a Governor’s appointee on the first Advisory Committee of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. Grant was the first President and served four years on the board of the Midland Development Corporation (MDC).
Grant is a Past Chairman of the Texas Lyceum, the Texas Economic Development Council, and the Permian Basin Area Foundation. He has also been an officer and executive committee member of numerous organizations in Austin and Midland.