Meet the Intergovernmental Relations Office Team
Brie L. Franco, Intergovernmental Relations Officer
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.
Ida Musgrove, Deputy Officer
Ida Garcia Musgrove has more than 20 years of experience in intergovernmental relations and legislative affairs at the federal and state levels. Prior to joining the City, Ida provided legal counsel to and oversaw legislative agendas for Senator Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio. Ida has been with the City of Austin Intergovernmental Relations office since 2016.
Ida grew up in Austin where she graduated from Austin High School and taught at Reagan High School and Fulmore Middle School. Ida earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University School of Law.
Ida and her husband, Mahlin, a project planner at NXP, have two children.
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 past two sessions as the Legislative Director for Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, the 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.
Taylor Ward, Senior Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator
Taylor brings six years of experience working in the Texas Senate to his role as the IGRO Senior Coordinator. Taylor worked closely with the City and the IGRO team last session in his role as Public Policy Director for a private public affairs and legislative advocacy firm. Taylor has over 10 years of political experience and worked for political, corporate, trade association, and nonprofit clients since his time in the Capitol. Taylor grew up in Denison, TX and earned a degree in Government 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.