City Council District C

Council Member Ellen Cohen


Ellen Cohen has lived and worked in the city of Houston for the past 37 years. She served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, and for 18 years as the CEO of the Houston Area Women’s Center, working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. In 2006, she was elected as the Texas State Representative for Houston’s District 134. After serving two terms in the Texas Legislature, Ellen decided to continue her public service career at home. She ran for Houston City Council, and was sworn into office in January 2012 as the Council Member representing District C.


During her tenure on Council, Ellen has championed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, the elimination of the sexual assault kit backlog, the creation of a Parking Benefit District for the Washington Corridor, and many other initiatives to improve the quality of life of her constituents. She is currently serving her second term on Council.

About Council Member Ellen Cohen



Council Meetings & Agendas


Houston City Council meets every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the council chamber at City Hall. Tuesdays are reserved for public comment while Wednesdays are for matters that require council action. All meetings are open to the public. You can also watch them online.



Council Committees


Council Member Cohen serves as Chair of the Council Committee on Quality of Life. This committee considers issues related to the following City of Houston Departments: the Department of Neighborhoods, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Public Library, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, and the Planning and Development Department; as well as items related to Houston’s local international community and cultural affairs.


The Council Committee on Quality of Life meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 2:00pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. All meetings are open to the public and available online via HTV (under the Committees & Commissions tab.)



About the District


District C is a dynamic, neighborhood-centric community located just west of downtown. Its primary neighborhoods include (from north to south):


  • Oak Forest
  • Garden Oaks
  • Lazybrook
  • Timbergrove
  • The Heights
  • The Washington Corridor
  • Freedmen’s Town
  • Montrose
  • Midtown (half)
  • Upper Kirby
  • University Place
  • Braeswood Place
  • Meyerland

Contact the Council Member


Council Member Ellen R. Cohen
City Hall Annex
900 Bagby, First Floor
Houston, TX 77002


Phone: 832.393.3004



2014 District C Map (.pdf) • District C Profile (.pdf)




Meet the Staff


Staff Photo


  • Brooke Boyett, Chief of Staff
  • Traci Elsner, Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Ja'Nae Williams-Winfield, Senior Director of Constituent Services and Community Affairs
  • Valerie Luna, Scheduler and Director of Constituent Services

Helpful Contacts



Houston Help & Information


Houston Police (non-emergency)


Airport System


Animal Control (BARC)


Anti-Gang Office


Citizens’ Assistance


City Secretary


Dept. of Neighborhoods


Health & Human Services


Mayor’s Office


Parks Department


Permitting Center


Public Works & Engineering


Solid Waste Management