Meet the D2 Team!

July 20, 2017

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Councilman William "Cruz" Shaw is committed to putting your priorities first. His staff understands the importance of making sure your voice is heard at City Hall. Meet the District 2 team that is ready and willing to promote transparency, true community involvement, and a collaborative spirit.

Celeste Alana Brown - Director of Communications and Engagement

Celeste Brown is a San Antonio native with deep family and church ties to District 2. She is excited about the fact that her new position will allow her to continue serving her community. She has spent her entire professional career working to uplift the voices of communities of color while also working to ensure we all have a seat at the table. She is most passionate about increasing civic engagement as well as improving community-police relations. She led a campaign in support of body cameras for police officers while she worked at MOVE San Antonio and was fortunate to attend the White House's Champions of Change event focusing on brid
ging gaps between the youth and law enforcement during President Obama's Administration. She also sat on SAPD's Task force on 21st Century Policing on the Community Policing & Crime Reduction sub-committee. Celeste earned her Bachelors degree in Communications-Public Relations in 2015 from The University of Texas at San Antonio where she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and served on the executive boards of NAACP and the Black Student Union. Before Councilman Shaw was elected, Celeste worked as the Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett who also represents the eastside of San Antonio. In her free time, Celeste serves on the executive board of New Leaders Council, an organization focused on equipping progressive young leaders with the tools they need to make a difference in their community. She can't wait to work hard for the residents of District 2 and looks forward to highlighting the great things happening in our community.

Charles Mazuka - Zoning & Policy Advisor

Charles Mazuka has worked for the City of San Antonio since 1991, when he got his start in District 2 providing constituent services while he was a student at the University of Incarnate Word. He went on to earn his Bachelors degree from UIW in Political Science, a Masters in Urban Studies from Trinity University, and a Masters in Political Science from the University of New Orleans. His experience working with the city is extensive as he has worked in constituent services, as a Policy Advisor to former Mayor Howard Peak, as a Chief of Staff, and as a Management Analyst for the city's Dept. of Human Services where he focused on serving youth programs at Ella Austin Community Center and the Mexican American Unity Council Center. When he is not at City Hall, Charles also works as a Professor at San Antonio College where he teaches American Government. He is also currently writing a dissertation in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Education-Organizational Leadership. Charles is excited to bring his experience to District 2 and is happy to continue serving where he first got his start, right here in District 2.

Jarvis Soileau - Director of Constituent Services

Jarvis Soileau is an San Antonio native with over 16 years of experience working on the eastside. He received his bachelors Degree in Government from Angelo State University. Jarvis is excited to be back working in the district he loves. He has worked for two former District 2 Council members - Sheila McNeil and Ivy Taylor, and has also served as the former Teen Center Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. Most recently, Jarvis worked for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department as their Community and Family Relations Coordinator, where he developed and organized their volunteer service program for the San Antonio Parole Office, Ayres Halfway house, and Corpus Christi area. He is passionate about working with the youth, as he focused on the rehabilitation, care, and treatment of youth. He was recently honored for his work with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department by State Senator Jose Menendez. Jarvis has served our community on many different Boards - from Select Federal Credit Union to Hope House ministries, and has also served on the Grant Review Committee for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation. Jarvis is ready and willing to help our constituents on any and all issues and can't wait to ensure our constituents' voices and concerns are heard.

Brencia Berry - Chief of Staff

Brencia Berry is a San Antonio native that recently returned back home after working on Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign to contribute to her dream of a more inclusive America. During her time on the campaign trail she had the opportunity to work as a national advance associate for Secretary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration from Louisiana State University (LSU). She is a member of Phi Kappa Theta National Honor Society and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She earned her Masters Degree at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs. During her time at UT, she served as the Co-Chair of the Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color, and with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is passionate about social justice issues like mass criminal justice reform, education, and workforce development. She has also worked for the City of Austin and the City of San Antonio in Intergovernmental Relations. In her free time, she serves as a board member of MOVE San Antonio. Her ultimate goal is to invest in people and build more equitable outcomes by serving the constituents in District 2.

Ramon Chapa - Director of Outreach and Veterans Affairs

Ramon Chapa is a New Braunfels native that has proudly served our country in the United States Army. He is a graduate of San Antonio College and The University of Maryland. He has dedicated his career to public service, having worked for Commissioner Tommy Calvert, State Representative Richard Raymond, and Congressmen Henry Cuellar and Joaquin Castro. In addition, Ramon has served in public office himself and was the youngest person to serve as city councilman in New Braunfels where he served for 6 years as Mayor Pro Tem. He also served as an Elected Director for the Edward Aquifer Authority representing Comal County for 6 years. Ramon has received many awards for his public service including: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Education Service Award, The La Prensa Foundation Community Service Award, Bexar County Martin Luther King Foundation Award, and Alamo Area Council of Governments Regional Citizen of The Year award. He is excited to represent District 2 at community events and to serve his fellow Veterans. Ramon looks forward to working with our community and neighborhood leaders as well as our residents to ensure our District 2's needs are met.

Our office is here and ready to serve you. Please contact us at 210.207.7278 with any questions, comments or concerns or feel free to drop by our Field office at 2805 E. Commerce St. We look forward to serving our community.

 

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