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, Business Process Consultant, Sr.
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 after serving as the Latinx Community Archivist at the Austin History Center, a division of the Austin Public Library. This position allowed her to work with communities who are barred from access to resources in many forms, building upon her goals of pursuing equitable information access and preservation of underdocumented histories and stories.
She has experience working in labor archives, public libraries, and city government. While in graduate school, she partnered with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to research, compile, and disseminate information resources for persons leaving immigration detention centers. Her research and advocacy includes sustainable practices for serving immigrant communities and undocumented persons and exploring the powerful links between history, memory, identity, and community.
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
Rocío Villalobos (she/her/hers) is a native Austinite whose transnational childhood shaped her understanding of community, family, migration, inequality, and borders.
For over 15 years, Rocío has been involved in social justice work in Austin, covering education, immigration, and the outdoors/environment. For a number of years, Rocío coordinated a visitation program for Grassroots Leadership to the T. Don Hutto detention center where asylum-seeking women were being held. She later worked as an advisor and the social justice education coordinator at the Multicultural Engagement Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Rocío eventually led community outreach at Texas Appleseed, where a large portion of her work focused on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. Most recently, Rocío managed the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin at Westcave, where she focused on racial equity and youth leadership development in the outdoors.
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 Youth Rise Texas and Ecology Action, and she serves on the Dell Community Strategy Team.
Brandon Kroos, Business Process Specialist
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.
ena ganguly, Public Information Specialist, Sr.
ena ganguly (she/they) is a South Asian immigrant, writer, editor, and facilitator. ena’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, ena'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.
ena graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, with a thesis on 'feminized' work and labor laws in South Asia.