Equity Office Organizational Chart

City of Austin Equity Office: Chief Equity Officer, Tamela Saldana; Department Executive Assistant, Mary Ann Ramierez; Public Information Specialist, Sr., Natalie Hulsey; Immigrant Affair Program Manager, Rocio Villalobos; Equity Program Manager 2, Kellee Coleman; Equity Program Manager 1, Amanda Jasso; Equity Program Manger 1, Angelica Benton-Molina; Equity Program Coordinator, VACANT; Administrative Specialist, VACANT; Community Services Program Coordinator, Alejandra Mireles; Business Process Consultant, Sr., Ricardo Garay; Business Process Consultant, Jeremy Garza; Business Process Specialist, VACANT. Updated 5-22-24


Tamela Saldaña, Interim Chief Equity Officer

Headshot of Interim Chief Equity Officer, Tamela Saldaña.




Dr. Saldana works for the City of Austin’s Small and Minority Business Resources Department, serving as the Assistant Director. She is also currently serving as the City’s Civil Rights Interim Director, and the Equity Office's Interim Chief Equity Officer. Dr. Saldana has close to 25 years of federal, state, and local government experience, having worked as the Director of the federal Disadvantaged and Small Business Program for the Texas Department of Transportation.  

Dr. Saldana earned her Doctorate from the University of Texas in Anthropology of the African and African American Diaspora, emphasizing racial and cultural studies. Dr. Saldana has earned two master’s degrees, an M.P.A. in Public Administration from Texas State University and an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a graduate professor at Texas State University in the Masters of Public Administration Program for more than ten years.  

She is a City of Austin’s Executive Academy graduate, a Leadership Texas graduate, and a previous recipient of the Outstanding Women in Texas Government Community Involvement Award. She has received numerous awards recognizing her efforts and support of small and minority businesses.  


Kellee Coleman, Equity Program Manager II

















(512) 974-2943


Kellee Coleman (she/her/hers) has over 18 years of equity and social justice community organizing experience integrating media, and popular education as strategies for social change. She co-founded Vibrant Woman/Mama Sana prenatal clinic that provides holistic and culturally specific prenatal care, birth companions, midwifery services, prenatal fitness and nutrition services to lower income Black and Latina folks in the Austin area.

She has consulted with numerous national and local organizations on equity and reproductive issues including the U.S. Midwifery Education, Regulation, & Association, MANA, A National Latina Organization, The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, and the Austin Women’s Community Center.

Kellee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Edwards University.


Mary Ann Ramirez, Executive Assistant


(512) 974-8707

Mary Ann Ramirez


Mary Ann Ramirez (she/her/hers) has been a City employee for 15 years and began her work in the Equity Office in its early years.

Prior to working at the City, she was employed with Travis County Probation Department. Mary Ann holds a Secretarial-Clerical Administrative Management certificate.


Amanda Jasso, Equity Program Manager I


(512) 974-9107


Amanda Jasso (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Interim Chief Equity Officer for the City of Austin. She joined the Equity Office in 2018 after serving as the Latinx Community Archivist at the Austin History Center, a division of the Austin Public Library. In her current role, she provides equity consultation City-wide. Amanda is part of a team responsible for working with City leadership and local communities to implement a racial equity framework and facilitate dialogue and organizational practices that support the development and adoption of equity as a shared value. 

Her background in archival work is helpful in connecting the past to our present and our future, reminding us that past harms continue to be perpetuated in our City’s policies, practices, and procedures. She applies historical context in all aspects of racial equity work as one way of honoring the labor of those before us in their quest for systemic change. She holds a Master of Information Science from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania. Her overall vision is to work co-creatively to acknowledge and account for past and current inequities, and provide all people, particularly those most impacted by racism, the infrastructure needed to thrive.

Amanda also serves on the Austin/Travis County Leadership Council, which is the governing body for the local Homelessness Response System, and the Austin Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) Board.


Rocío Villalobos, Immigrant Affairs Program Manager


(512) 974-7972


For over 15 years, Rocío Villalobos (she/her/ella) has been involved in social justice work in Austin, covering education, immigration, and the outdoors/ environment. Her transnational childhood shaped her understanding of community, family, migration, inequity, and borders. Rocío received her B.S. in Applied Learning and Development and M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Cultural Studies in Education from the University of Texas at Austin. She volunteers her time as a Mentor with Explore Austin, a board member at Ecology Action, and she serves on the Dell Community Strategy Team.


Jeremy I. Garza, Business Process Consultant


(512) 978-1797


Jeremy I. Garza (they/he) was born in Austin, TX, and raised moving back and forth between Dallas & Austin. They received a B.A. in Ethnic & Gender Studies from Vassar College, completed 36 credits in a doctoral program for Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned an M.A. in Library & Information Science from Texas Woman’s University.

Before joining the City of Austin, Jeremy gained twelve years of experience working as a community engagement librarian, social justice educator, and organizer for equity programs for several academic, municipal government, and non-profit organizations in New York, California, and Minnesota. 

As the Business Process Consultant for the Equity Office, Jeremy administers the Equity Assessment Tool, coordinates the Equity Mini-Grant program,  stewards the development of the Quality-of-Life Studies, and manages the office’s contracts and procurement.  Jeremy also supports the Equity Action Team (EAT), Undoing Racism & Community Organizing workshops, the LatinX Challenge for Racial Justice, the Equity Programs Managers Network, and Equity 101 consultations. Jeremy is passionate about organizing inside and outside of institutions to transform systems and shift accountability within City government in a way that honors, uplifts, and prioritizes the voices and needs of the diverse and most directly impacted communities the City serves.


Angelica Benton Molina, Equity Program Manager I


(512) 954-5634


Angelica is committed to the amplification and up lifting of youth voices. She believes that education should give young people a sense of their own inner strength as well as the tools to make informed and healthy choices that allow them to grow in organic and authentic ways. Using history and culture as some of the guiding principles in promoting antiracist leadership development and growth.

Angelica has worked with young people around various social justice issues using an antiracist lens and framework since she was an adolescent. As part of the People’s Youth Agenda in the late 90’s, she helped facilitate the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond principles and workshop concepts to youth ages 9-17 in New Orleans. After receiving her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Traditional Medicine, Angelica became interested in reproductive health with a focus on women’s health and fertility.

This path has lead Angelica to understand the inextricable correlation between racism and reproductive health and fuel her desire to work with youth around reproductive health and social justice. She did this work at Austin Public Health and as a presenter/facilitator for various organizations.

Currently she is facilitating youth in the process of creating a History, Culture and Organizing Curriculum, and preparing to host the 3rd year of Undoing Racism Youth.

She is also currently working with the City of Austin’s Equity Office as an Equity and Inclusion Program Manager.


Ricardo Garay, Business Process Consultant, Sr. 


(512) 974-8048


Ricardo A. Garay was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He moved to Austin in 2006 and continues to learn with communities most affected by structural violence. He started working at the Equity Office in the summer of 2023. In his previous role, he led a team of Community Health Worker (CHW) at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin and served as a Program Manager for various Community Based Participatory Research projects. He also worked for a non-profit called Migrant Clinicians Network directing work for an international patient navigation program called Health Network. Ricardo remains fiercely committed to exploring liberation through health and wellness.  

Ricardo is a certified Community Health Worker and Instructor and serves as a board member for the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW), the Texas Association of Promotores & Community Health Workers (TAPCHW), and the Texas Society for Public Health Education (TSOPHE). He continues to remain engaged in CHW conversations at the American Public Health Association, specially issues such as sustainability, policy, and education for CHWs.  

Before joining the Equity Office, Ricardo served on a number of local community work groups, commissions, councils, and advisory groups including: Central Health Community Champions, Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Resource Advisory Commission, CAN’s Community Council, Austin Independent School District’s Upclose Academy, Austin Public Health’s Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plan, City of Austin’s Climate Equity Plan, City of Buda’s Bond Advisory Commission, among others.  

Ricardo looks forward to networking and collaborating to co-create environment(s) where every Austinite has equitable access to health & wellbeing, culture & lifelong learning, housing, true public safety, employment and affordability, and mobility.


Alejandra Mireles, Community Services Program Coordinator


(512) 974-8045


Alejandra Mireles (she/her/ella) has been a tireless promotor of equity for over twenty-five years as an educator, community partner, and advocate. She has a strong belief in the power of education and in the importance of working towards social justice through dialogue and curiosity. Alejandra has spearheaded numerous initiatives in several central Texas school districts to provide enriching educational opportunities for all students. Specifically, from an additive and facilitator lens, by partnering with whomever she works along side of, to use their combined wealth of knowledge in mutually productive ways. She holds an M.A. in Human Services with a Concentration in Conflict Resolution (With Honors) from St. Edward’s University in Austin, a J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, and received a B.A. in English with a minor in Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin. She is a certified Texas Bilingual Teacher Generalist (grades 4-8) and a member of the Texas Bar Association.

Alejandra esteems the value of listening to people's stories or histories, and she thrives on community connections. She piloted the Sustainable Food Center Farm-to-School Citrus Fundraiser Program to offer more healthy options to children, initiated a partnership with University of Texas’s Shakespeare at Winedale Outreach Program, and volunteered as a mediator at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center. In addition to her service as a coordinator of dual language (bilingual) programs, advocate for increasing the number of identified multilingual gifted and talented students, facilitator as a classroom teacher, and writer of curriculum, Alejandra continues her commitment to central Texas communities by volunteering as a Community Organizer for the Multicultural Refugee Coalition's New Leaf Agriculture Program for Austin's newest citizens, its refugees. 

During her free time, Alejandra slows down by learning from the artwork/projects/models/experiments she and her son co-create, or by reading anything she can get her hands on. 


Natalie Hulsey, Public Information Specialist, Sr.


(512) 974-9110


Natalie Hulsey (she/her) has worked in education and with children and adults with disabilities and their families for the past 15 years, advancing equity and inclusion for all abilities. She obtained her B.A. in English Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edward’s University and a M.Ed in Special Education with a focus on Autism from Lamar University.

Prior to joining the City of Austin, Natalie served in various leadership roles in education as a Special Education Teacher for Harmony Public Schools and Austin ISD, crafting tailored programs, fostering inclusive classrooms, and ensuring the successful implementation of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Her tenure at Bloom Consulting saw her as a Regional Director, overseeing employment services, coordinating Pre-Employment Transition services across Texas and Nevada, and providing job placement and supported employment case management for individuals with disabilities. Later in Austin ISD, as an Autism/Campus Support Coordinator, she managed special education services for 15+ campuses, led training initiatives focused on equitable and inclusive education practices for all students and all abilities, and organized de-escalation training for educators.

Presently, as a Public Information Specialist at the Equity Office within the City of Austin, Natalie remains committed to driving positive change and promoting equitable opportunities for all. As the Public Information Specialist, Natalie publishes the bi-weekly Equity Action Team (EAT) newsletter, facilitates the EAT monthly meetings with community, and supports the Equity Office's website, media campaigns and schedules for events, and making sure information is shared equitably throughout the Austin community.