Austin’s new City Council members have moved into their offices, hired their staffs and received their committee assignments. If you live in parts of Central Austin or a pocket of South Austin, here’s how you can reach your rep:
District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo
Who she is: Kathie Tovo is the only City Council member who sat on the previous council. She was elected in June 2011 and won her new term last November. Prior to serving on the council, Tovo taught writing and interdisciplinary studies at the college level and worked at Humanities Texas, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Tovo has a long history of civic involvement. She was the former president of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association and former vice president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council. Tovo has served on many city and school district boards and task forces, including the Planning Commission and the Austin school district’s Community Committee on Neighborhoods and Schools.
What committees she’s on:
- Audit & Finance (chair)
- Health & Human Services (vice chair)
- Open Space, Environment & Sustainability
- Planning & Neighborhoods
- Austin Energy
Who’s on her staff:
Shannon Halley, policy aide
Joi Harden, policy aide
Karen Perkins, executive assistant
How to reach her office:
Office hours: Available by appointment 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. Tovo will host office hours around district at different locations; details will be posted on her office website.