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.

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.



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”


Meet the Staff


  • 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

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)




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