Special Thanks

The Government Relations team would like to thank the following city employees for their work during the 86th Legislative Session. With only four people in our department and over two thousand bills to analyze, we are dependent on the subject matter expertise from across the City of Houston departments. The following represents those individuals who volunteer their time to work with the Government Relations team, and without whom we would not be able to effectively represent the city. We thank them for their tireless work from November to May in reviewing legislation, crafting testimony, and understanding policy implications.

Mayor’s Office of Government Relations

  • Bill Kelly, Director
  • Jamaal Smith, Deputy Director
  • Ande Mattei, Manager
  • Nick Anderson, Senior Communications Specialist

Contract Lobby Team

  • Jesse Ancira
  • Reed Clay
  • Kerrick Henny
  • Cliff Johnson
  • Court Koenning
  • Val Perkins
  • Clay Pope
  • René Ramirez
  • Carl Richie
  • Marc Rodriguez
  • Carrie Simmons
  • Colette Vallot
  • Leticia Van de Putte
  • Tessa Zavala

Administrative and Regulatory Affairs

  • Tina Paez, Director
  • Alisa Talley
  • Kathryn Bruning
  • Nikki Cooper
  • Lara Cottingham
  • Chris Glaser
  • Nick Hadjigeorge
  • Maria Irshad
  • Jarrad Mears
  • Paulette Pastor
  • Rosalinda Salazar

Aviation

  • Mario Diaz, Director
  • Tim Joniec

Emergency Medical Services

  • Dr. David Persse, Director

Finance

  • Tantri Emo, Director
  • Sherry Mose
  • Michelle Paul
  • Jaime Alvarez
  • Melissa Dubowski
  • Carolyn Hanahan
  • Gloria Moreno
  • Elvira Ontiveros
  • Elizabeth Sosa
  • Alma Tamborello

Fire

  • Samuel Peña, Chief
  • Leonard Chan
  • Michelle Bentley, Assistant Chief
  • Dr. Sam Buser
  • Richard Mann, Assistant Chief
  • Alfredo Martinez, Assistant Chief
  • Michelle, McLeod, Assistant Chief
  • Rodney West, Assistant Chief

Fleet Management

  • Victor Ayres, Director
  • Marchelle Cain

General Services

  • C.J. Messiah, Jr., Director
  • Eric Alexander

Health and Human Services

  • Stephen Williams, Director
  • Michele Austin
  • Emily Chacon
  • Isaac DeSouza
  • Daisy James
  • Dr. Joann Schulte
  • Decrecia Limbrick
  • Dr. Loren Raun
  • Naomi Macias
  • Noel Pinnock
  • Kristi Rangel
  • Donald Richner
  • LaTosha Selexman
  • Christopher Sparks

Houston Emergency Center

  • David Cutler, Director

Housing and Community Development

  • Tom McCasland, Director
  • Dan Coleman
  • Sarah Labowitz
  • Ray Miller

Human Resources

  • Jane Cheeks, Director
  • Donna Mitchell
  • Fatimata Ba
  • Andrea Cormier
  • Darien Helton
  • Bob Johnson
  • Adaixa Mandujano
  • Tracey Norman
  • Betsy Ramos
  • Jocelyn Wright

Information Technology

  • Lisa Kent, Director
  • Jamil Whalen

Library

  • Dr. Rhea Lawson, Director
  • Mary Hammond
  • Ronald Lewis, City Attorney
  • Deidra Penny
  • Randy Zamora
  • Alice Adam
  • Nirja Aiyer
  • Lucy Anderson
  • Holland Banks
  • Steven Beard
  • Rene Bell
  • Jill Bradford
  • Martin Buzak
  • Mary Buzak
  • Tracy Calabrese
  • Wynetta Chaney
  • YuShan Chang
  • Mary Chang
  • Win Colbert
  • Robert Collins
  • Arnold Colunga
  • Joe Crawford
  • Damon Crenshaw
  • Robin Curtis
  • Trudell Eldridge
  • Terri Evans
  • Don Fleming
  • Danielle Folsom
  • Rashaad Gambrell
  • Jessica Gooch
  • Michelle Grossman
  • Robert Higgason
  • Arva Howard
  • Enid Howard
  • Rahat Huq
  • Dennis Jackson
  • Nerissa Jewett
  • Nneka Kanu
  • Jackie Leguizamon
  • Jeff Lubritz
  • Christy Martin
  • Mary McKerrall
  • Kim Mickelson
  • Joanna Nelson
  • Jenny Nguyen
  • Eric Nguyen
  • Lan Nguyen
  • Barbara Pierce
  • Judith Ramsey
  • Thomas Rodriguez
  • Erica Schwam
  • Megan Simms
  • Jim Sutherland
  • Ondrea Taylor
  • Angelie Thomas
  • Gwen Webb
  • Gary Wood
  • Lydia Zinkhan

Mayor’s Office

  • Andy Icken
  • Gwen Tillotson
  • Stephen Costello
  • Laura Patino
  • Minal Davis
  • Debbie McNulty

Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security

  • George Buenik, Director
  • Ray Andrews
  • Christina Garibay
  • Melanie Bartis
  • Rogelio Martinez

Neighborhoods

  • TaKasha Francis

Municipal Courts

  • Elaine Marshall, Presiding Judge
  • Esmeralda Garcia, Associate Presiding Judge
  • Kimberly Gamble, Municipal Court Judge
  • John Aranda
  • Jose Soto
  • Bonita Tolbert

Office of Business Opportunity

  • Carlecia Wright
  • Jose L. Jiménez

Parks and Recreation

  • Steven Wright, Director
  • Luci Correa

Planning and Development

  • Margaret Wallace Brown, Interim Director
  • Nicole Smothers
  • David Welch
  • Michael Kramer
  • Sharon Moses-Burnside

Police

  • Art Acevedo, Chief
  • James Jones, Assistant Chief
  • Lt. Jessica Anderson
  • Officer Holly Whillock

Public Works

  • Carol Haddock, Director
  • Gary Norman
  • Jamila Johnson
  • Sheldon Avant
  • Chris Butler
  • Sharon Citino
  • Marjorie Cox
  • Maureen Crocker
  • Michael Ereti
  • Yvonne Forrest
  • Roel Garcia
  • Jedidiah Greenfield
  • Cheryl Harris
  • Michael Howard
  • Bonita Marshall
  • Brian Mason
  • Drew Molly
  • Veronica Osegueda
  • Mark Savasta
  • Tameka Tennison
  • Jeff Weatherford
  • Heath Wierck
  • Sherri Winslow
  • Katherine Witting

Solid Waste

  • Harry Hayes, Director
  • Sarah Mason