Austin Capitol Building

Meet the Intergovernmental Relations Office Team

Brie L. Franco, Government Relations Officer

Brie L. Franco, Intergovernmental Relations Officer

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Brie has more than 20 years of experience in intergovernmental relations and legislative affairs at the federal, state, and municipal levels. She has been the City of Austin Intergovernmental Relations Officer since 2016.

In her previous role, Brie oversaw El Paso’s legislative affairs agenda for the 84th Texas legislative session. She formerly worked as a lawyer in private practice in both Austin and El Paso.

For five years she was Vice President and General Counsel for Velocity Credit Union.  In addition, Brie served as General Counsel to State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso) for five years. 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Alison Ross, Senior Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator


Alison brings seven years of experience working in the Texas House of Representatives to her role as the IGRO Senior Coordinator.  She worked closely with the City and the IGRO team over the two legislative sessions as the Legislative Director for Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, the former dean of the Austin delegation. She has over 10 years of professional research experience and worked for political, litigation, corporate, and nonprofit clients prior to working at the Capitol.  Alison grew up in Austin and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Valerie Gomez, Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator


Valerie brings over 15 years of administrative experience to the Intergovernmental Relations team. Valerie is the team coordinator and is available to assist in all administrative purposes, including invoice payments, scheduling requests or meeting coordination.