Brion Oaks, Chief Equity Officer
Brion Oaks (he/him/his) is the first Chief Equity Officer for the City of Austin. Brion is responsible for working with City leadership and local communities to create an equity framework and facilitate dialogue and organizational practices that support the development and adoption of equity as a shared value. He serves as the technical expert in addressing equity as it is applied to city wide policies, programs, practices, and budget decisions with an overall vision to make Austin the most livable city for ALL.
Prior to his arrival to the City of Austin, Brion was dedicated to improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations and reducing disparities in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
Brion earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from UofH and Master of Public Administration from TSU.
Mary Ann Ramirez, Executive Assistant
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.
Kellee Coleman, Equity Program Manager II
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.
Amanda Jasso, Equity Program Manager
Amanda Jasso (she/her/hers) 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, but primarily to those departments reporting under the City’s “Economic Opportunity & Affordability” and “Mobility” strategic outcome areas. 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..
Rocío Villalobos, Immigrant Affairs Program Manager
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.
Brandon Kroos, Business Process Consultant
Brandon Kroos (he/him/his) has been with the Equity Office since 2018. In the Office, he directly supports the departments reporting under the “Government that Works for All” outcome area, which includes internal support functions such as hiring, technology, and purchasing. He also supports select departments under the “Economic Opportunity and Affordability” outcome area, providing equity consultation in the areas of Small and Minority Business Resources, Austin Convention Center, and Development Services.
In addition to these consultations, Brandon also has administered the Equity Assessment process, supporting department teams as they complete the Assessment Tool, and performing process and Tool evaluations to uncover and address areas for improvement. Along with this, Brandon built out and continues to develop the Smartsheet project management software for the Equity Office, including the Equity Action Team dashboard and individual departmental equity dashboards which publicly provide all assessment materials as well as additional equity information for City departments.
Finally, Brandon administers the Equity Office’s numerous grant programs, including the Equity Mini-Grant Fund, Re-Entry Services Grants, and additional grant opportunities as the need arises.
Enakshi Ganguly, Public Information Specialist, Sr.
Enakshi Ganguly (she/they) is a South Asian immigrant, writer, editor, and facilitator. Enakshi’s writing has been featured on Buzzfeed, BBC, The Austin Chronicle, and Prizer Arts and Letters, and has served as an editor for numerous anthologies and literary outlets.
As the Public Information Specialist, Enakshi's goal is to articulate the work of the Equity Office to the communities responsible for its inception, and ensure that City efforts to engage community is person-first and accessible for historically excluded communities.
Enakshi graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, with a thesis on feminized work and labor laws in South Asia.
Ana Perez, Equity & Inclusion Program Coordinator
Ana Perez (she/her) is a native Austinite and community organizer. Her experience working in hospitals, food banks and community gardens led her to interrogate systemic forces shaping issues of food justice and public health outcomes in historically underserved communities.
As a master’s student at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, she conducted research on how public institutions and nonprofits further community and climate resilience and how cities can support immigrant incorporation through public policy. As an equity program coordinator, Ana’s focus is connecting the city’s values around equity to material improvements for community. She works primarily with departments that fall under “Health & Environment” and “Culture & Lifelong Learning.”
Ana received her B.S. in Nutrition from Texas State University.
Jeremy I. Garza, Neighborhood Liaison
Jeremy I. Garza (they/he) was born and raised in Austin, TX. They received a B.A. in Ethnic & Gender Studies from Vassar College, completed 34 credits in a doctoral program for Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is currently enrolled in an M.A. program for Library Science at Texas Woman’s University.
Before joining the City of Austin, Jeremy gained twelve years of experience working as a community engagement facilitator, social justice educator, and organizer of equity programs for several academic, municipal government, and non-profit organizations in New York, California, and Minnesota.
As the Neighborhood Liaison for the Equity Office, Jeremy administrates the work of the Joint Inclusion Committee, which was explicitly charted to advise Austin City Council on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Jeremy also supports the Equity Action Team (EAT), Undoing Racism workshops, the Equity Programs Managers Network, Equity 101 consultations, and in any capacity to provide leadership, guidance, and insight on equity to improve the quality of life for all Austinites.