|David Edmonson, Deputy Chief of Staff/Legal Counsel/Communications Director
David joined Senator Ellis’ staff in March 2010. Prior to joining the Senator’s staff, he served as general counsel for Senator Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso) from 2005 to 2010. In Senator Shapleigh’s office, he primarily focused on education, veteran affairs, and environmental policy. David received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Houston and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law.
|Willie Belle Boone, Community Liaison
Willie Belle Boone joined Senator Ellis’ staff in February 2014. Mrs. Boone is a longtime community and neighborhood advocate having served as Congressman Ken Bentsen’s Director of Community Affairs for 8 years and founded the Southeast Precinct Judges Council 25 years ago. A resident of Sunnyside, Mrs. Boone has known the Senator and his family all of his life. She has served as an Election Judge and Precinct Chair for 30 years and Treasurer of the Harris County Democratic Party for 6 years. This “true blue” Democrat has been a consistent volunteer in all things Democratic, having served as SDEC for Senate District 13 for 6 years and Treasurer of the State Democratic Party for 4 years. Mrs. Boone is a servant-leader who believes in giving back to the community and holds membership in several community-based organizations, including Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., National Women of Achievement, NAACP, and the National Council of Negro Women.
|Jeremy Brown, District Director/Legal Counsel
Jeremy L. Brown joined Senator Ellis’ staff in December 2012. Prior to joining Senator Ellis’ staff, he worked as the Agenda Director for Houston City Council Member Mike Laster. He also practiced law focusing on family and criminal law and general civil litigation. Jeremy received his BA in Business Administration from Morehouse College and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
|Brandon Dudley, Chief of Staff/Legal Counsel
Brandon joined Senator Ellis’ office in January 2004. Previously, Brandon directed various educational and empowerment programs for at risk youth, and worked for a number civil rights organizations doing legal and policy work in the areas of criminal justice, education, civil liberties and voting rights. Brandon has also served as the policy advisor for the Innocence Project, a non-profit organization that works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted and develop and implement reforms throughout the criminal justice system. Brandon received his BA in Political Science and attended the Graduate School for Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.
|Dawn Hurd, Casework Manager and Legislative Aide
Dawn Hurd joined Senator Rodney Ellis’ staff in January 2014. Prior to joining the Senator’s staff, Dawn served as Constituent Services Director for District F Council Member M. J. Khan for two years. She continued her service to the District F citizens as Constituent Services Director for District F Council Member Al Hoang for another four years. Dawn is the mother of three daughters and active in her community at the Fort Bend Academy of Arts and Dance and as a four-year board member of her local PTA.
|Sakina Lanig, Alief Outreach Liaison
Sakina is strongly rooted in community activism, growing up listening to the late Congressman Mickey Leland and her parents discussing the world’s challenges in her living room. She got her feet wet in Austin politics working in city council campaigns, state races for Rep. Garnet Coleman, and gubernatorial politics for the late Governor Ann Richards. Later, graduating from the University of Texas-Austin, she became active as a voice for families of persons with disabilities and special circumstances at the University of Houston. After leaving UH Law Center, she became the Director of Constituent Services for then Council Member Carol Alvarado, where she was also responsible for researching policy and agenda items. Sakina first worked for Senator Ellis in 2003 serving as his Deputy District Director for Alief. In 2005 she left to start a small business and work as a Community Organizer for Texans Together and Houston Votes. In February 2009, she returned to serve as Outreach Liaison for the Alief/Southwest Area of Senate District 13.
|Loveless Mitchell, Fort Bend Deputy District Director
Loveless joined senator Ellis’ staff January 1999. Mr. Mitchell has been a longtime activist in the Fort Bend area. He is currently President of Hunters Glen Home Owners Association, Board Member of the Texas Parkway Alliance, Vice President of the Coalition of Black Democrats and a board member of the Fort Bend Chapter of the NAACP. In 1998 Loveless retired from Kraft Foods after 33 years of service. Loveless is a graduate of Dillard University.
|Ashley San Miguel, Executive Assistant
Ashley San Miguel joined Senator Ellis’ staff in May 2013. Prior to joining Senator Ellis’ staff, Ashley was a Junior Associate for One World Strategy Group. She served as Council Aide for Houston City Council Member James Rodriguez and interned for former State Representative Ellen Cohen. Ashley received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Houston.
|Jessica Schleifer, Legislative Director
Jessica Schleifer joined Senator Ellis’ staff in February 2010. Prior to joining Senator Ellis’ staff, Jessica was a policy intern during the 81st Legislative Session. She also served as a data coordinator for a non-profit foundation that provides free heart screenings to student athletes and has prior experience in clinical research and education. Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center.