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District 8 Council Office - Contact Information

Use the Contact information to the right to contact Council Member Ellis, or contact her staff using the information below. In alignment with Austin City Council’s Strategic Direction 2023, staff departmental responsibilities are bundled by their respective SD2023 Outcomes.

Please click here to access a downloadable PDF of staff departmental responsibilities and contact information.

For media inquiries, please email Cristina Masters.

For all scheduling inquiries, including attendance requests for neighborhood association meetings, please email Tony Garcia.

Deena Estrada Salinas
Chief of Staff

Email Deena

Deena Estrada is Chief of Staff for Council Member Paige Ellis. With nearly ten years of City of Austin service as an aide to former Council Member Bill Spelman and Boards & Commissions Coordinator for the City Clerk she possesses a wealth of knowledge about city processes and departments. She loves Texas A&M (her alma mater) football, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband Jim and two-year old, Rudy.

Mayor, Council, & City Management

  • Austin Energy
  • Austin Water Utility
  • Auditor's Office
  • Municipal Court
  • Community Court

Economic Opportunity & Affordability and Mobility

  • Economic Development
  • Small & Minority Business Resources
  • Equity Office
  • Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs
  • Aviation

Government that Works for All

  • Labor Relations Office
  • Capital Contracting
  • Purchasing Office


  • Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Office of the Medical Director

Health & Environment and Culture & Lifelong Learning

  • Austin Public Health
  • Austin Public Libraries
  • Austin Resource Recovery
  • Animal Services Office
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Capital Contracting
  • Purchasing Office


Julie Montgomery
Policy Advisor

Email Julie

Julie Montgomery serves as Policy Advisor to Council Member Paige Ellis. An Austin native and UT Austin alum, Julie has over a decade of experience working in state, regional, and local policy and planning, with expertise in mobility, housing, land use, and environmental issues. On the weekends, Julie frequently can be seen at one of Austin’s many beautiful outdoor destinations with her husband, Andrei, chasing after their four-year-old son, Kepler, and one-year-old daughter, Evie.

Economic Opportunity & Affordability

  • Neighborhood Housing & Community Development
  • Planning & Zoning
  • Development Services Department
  • Office of Real Estate Services


  • Austin Transportation Department
  • Corridor Program Office
  • Public Works
  • Fleet Services

Health & Environment and Safety

  • Sustainability Office
  • Watershed Protection


Cristina Masters
Communications & Policy Aide

Email Cristina

Cristina moved to Austin in 2011 after life as a military child and world traveler.  She earned her Masters degree in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh and worked in state policy for most of her career. She lives with her husband and two sons, but they know the cat rules the roost. Her favorite things to do in Austin include attending drag shows on Red River, drive-in movies, and enjoying locally-made vegan junk food.


  • Media Inquiries
  • Website and Newsletter
  • Public Information Office

Economic Opportunity & Affordability and Mobility

  • Austin Convention Center


  • Austin Code Department
  • Austin Police Department
  • Austin Fire Department
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Office of Police Oversight

Government That Works for All

  • Innovation Office
  • Communications & Technology Management
  • Intergovernmental Relations


Tony Garcia
Constituent Liaison

Email Tony

Originally from Houston, Tony graduated from Texas A&M and lives in the Central Texas area since 2017. He likes to volunteer for different organizations in the Central Texas area, like CASA and San Marcos River Foundation. Currently pursuing a second bachelor's degree in geographic information science, he is also an avid fan of Seinfeld.

  • Constituent Services
  • Meeting Scheduling Requests
  • Fee Waiver Requests
  • Public Information Requests


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