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District 8 Council Office - Contact Information

Use the Contact information to the right to contact Council Member Ellis, or contact her staff using the information below. In alignment with Austin City Council’s Strategic Direction 2023, staff departmental responsibilities are bundled by their respective SD2023 Outcomes.

Do you have a question or issue regarding a City service or department? You can report a concern using one of our quick and convenient reporting options.

For media inquiries, please email Amy Everhart.

For all scheduling inquiries, including attendance requests for neighborhood association meetings, please email Willie Balderrama.

Amy Everhart
Chief of Staff

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A veteran of Austin city policy and politics, Amy is proud to serve as CM Ellis’ chief of staff, where she leads a variety of issue areas and all communications. Raised by a political reporter and a labor-and-delivery nurse, public service is in her blood. Amy’s 20+ year career began at the Connecticut State Capitol and led her to crisscross the country for various Democratic candidates, the Sierra Club and ACLU. She ultimately landed permanently in Austin, where she has served as a senior advisor to Austin Mayors Steve Adler and Lee Leffingwell. Amy graduated from Leadership Austin in 2020, was named “Unsung Behind the Scenester” by the Austin Chronicle in 2010, and an Austin Under 40 finalist in 2012. Passionate about equity, Amy’s education has focused on women’s studies, political science, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She and her family live in Taylor, where her husband Ian Davis runs the Texas Beer Company.

Communications:

  • Media Inquiries          
  • Website and Newsletter
  • Proclamation Requests            

Policy Areas:         

  • Austin Convention Center
  • Austin Energy             
  • Austin Parks & Recreation  
  • Austin Public Health 
  • Austin Public Library          
  • Center of Excellence & Innovation 
  • City Auditor
  • City Clerk
  • Civil Rights
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Economic Development   
  • Equity Office 
  • Financial Services & Budget
  • Homelessness
  • Human Resources
  • Intergovernmental Relations 
  • Labor Relations Office 
  • Law Department
  • Office of the Medical Director
  • Small & Minority Business Resources

Julie Montgomery
Policy Director

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Julie Montgomery serves as Policy Director to Council Member Paige Ellis. An Austin native and UT Austin alum, Julie has over a decade of experience working in state, regional, and local policy and planning, with expertise in mobility, housing, land use, and environmental issues. On the weekends, Julie frequently can be seen at one of Austin’s many beautiful outdoor destinations with her husband, Andrei, chasing after their five-year-old son, Kepler, and three-year-old daughter, Evie.

Policy Areas: 

  • Animal Services Office  
  • Austin Resource Recovery   
  • Austin Transportation Department    
  • Aviation
  • Austin Water Utility    
  • Capital Contracting
  • Corridor Program Office  
  • Development Services Department 
  • Fleet Services
  • Housing & Planning  
  • Office of Real Estate Services 
  • Public Works 
  • Purchasing Office   
  • Sustainability Office    
  • Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs  
  • Watershed Protection     

Guillermo ("Willie") Balderrama
Constituent Liaison

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Willie Balderrama hails from "Out in the old West Texas town of El Paso.." where he was born and raised. A UTEP alum, his studies focused on History, Chicano Studies, and Public Administration. He has prior experience working with Mayor and Council in El Paso, and more recently worked with the Travis County District Clerk’s Office. His weekends usually call for watching sports, trying local restaurants with his girlfriend Angela, and catching punk rock shows (on YouTube for now). His two pups, Canela and Lucian, are his pride and joy.

Constituent & City Services:

  • Constituent Response
  • Scheduling Requests
  • Fee Waiver Requests
  • Public Information Requests
  • Communications & Technology Management 
  • Building Services 

Ed Scruggs
Field Representative/Policy Aide

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Ed Scruggs adds his years of experience as a community organizer, issue advocate and neighborhood leader to the District 8 Team. With a background in journalism and research, he devotes much of his time promoting civic engagement and coordinating a variety of policy initiatives in areas like gun violence prevention and healthcare reform. After college at The University of Oklahoma, he re-settled to Texas and has enjoyed the past 20-years raising a family in Southwest Austin. In 2008 he organized Circle C Area Democrats – an organization that would become the largest neighborhood political club in the State of Texas. His community volunteerism includes a stint as a director and president of the Circle C Homeowners Association and a five year appointment to the Austin Public Safety Commission.

District Outreach:

  • Community & Constituent Relations
  • Town Halls & Neighborhood Meetings
  • Issue Research
  • Site Visits
  • Constituent Follow-Up

Policy Areas:

  • Austin Code Department       
  • Austin Fire Department   
  • Austin Police Department     
  • Downtown Austin Community Court  
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Forensic Science
  • Municipal Court  
  • Office of Police Oversight    

 

Report a Concern

Do you have a question or issue regarding a City service or department? You can report a concern using one of our quick and convenient reporting options.