At-Large Position 1
John Moss, Chief of Staff
John Moss currently serves as the Chief of Staff to At-Large Position 1 Council Member Mike Knox. John is a native Houstonian who has dedicated his career to public service. John is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Upon his graduation, he began his career in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. After almost four years in that position, he returned to Houston to work on a number of political campaigns.
Following campaign work, John worked in the Texas Legislature in Austin for fourteen years where he learned the legislative process on the state level. After working in the Texas Capitol, John continued his public service working for a Houston City Council Member for six years. Upon the Council Member’s conclusion of his term in office, John began serving in his current position with Council Member Mike Knox. John and his family currently reside in Houston.
Carla Hulsey, Deputy Chief of Staff
A proud product of Houston's Second Ward, Carla Hulsey knows how to get big things done in a challenging environment. As the City Council At-Large 1 Deputy Chief of Staff, Carla manages the day-to-day operations of the office, and advises Council Member Knox on agenda and policy items. Before joining Council Member Knox, Carla led a team of hard working constituent services staffers for her home district in the office of Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez, City Council Member for District H. Before joining her home district council staff, Carla served as the Communications Director for District B Council Member Jerry Davis. There, she organized the inaugural Walking Toward Literacy event in Northeast Houston in 2012, attended by over 300 community members.
In 2011, Carla received her Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in Mexican American studies from the University of Houston, where she participated in the Hobby Center for Public Policy’s Civic Houston Internship Program as an intern for City Council Member Ed Gonzalez. Following graduation, Carla served as the District Aide in State Representative Armando Walle's district office. Throughout, Carla has remained active in her neighborhood. She serves as the Vice President of the first ever PTA at Mendel Elementary in North Houston, and works closely with community leaders in the Second Ward. In January of 2016, Carla was recognized for her emerging leadership and continuing service to the Houston community by the League of Women Voters of Houston. In October, 2015, Carla was presented with the Hobby Center for Public Policy Leadership Award, for being distinguished in her profession, mentoring others to help advance their careers, and for her commitment to bettering the lives of others through public service.
Lanny Griffith, Communications Director
Lanny Griffith is a Baytown native who graduated from Lee High School and later earned a B.A from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He was a free lance reporter for the Associated Press for many years before working at KTRH 740 AM and sister station KLOL 101 FM. From radio he transitioned to television at Fox 26 News where he featured positive impact stories. After 15 years of television Griffith returned to radio at News 92 FM, a 24 hour, all news radio station. In 2011, Griffith was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame for his 30 years of broadcast excellence. More recently Griffith served as Media Coordinator for the 2016 Mayoral Inauguration at Jones Hall handling the needs of print, radio, tv, and websites assigned to cover the event. A social media strategist, Griffith excels in community relations and enjoys market wide recognition. In the past Griffith has served as Media Adviser to a number of non-profit agencies. As Communications Director for At-Large Position 1 Council Member Mike Knox, Griffith handles all media and media relations in the office.