District C

Meet the District C Team


Traci Buttram serves as Chief of Staff. She is a senior public policy advisor and processes the City Council Agenda each week, as well as managing the administration of the District C office. Traci also oversees our communications, including speech writing, press relations, our weekly newsletter, and social media. A native Houstonian, Traci obtained her Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Houston. She joined Team Cohen in 2010 as a Civic Houston intern, and her previous political experience includes State Representative Jessica Farrar’s district office as well as the Annise Parker for Mayor Campaign.

Valerie Luna-Pena is our Senior Director of Constituent Services. In this capacity, she oversees high-level constituent relations, as well as coordinating the Council Committee on Quality of Life and staffing at the weekly City Council Public Session. She also manages District C’s involvement in the Storm Water Action Team (SWAT) Program. Born and raised in Houston, Valerie obtained her Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Houston and is a Certified Public Manager. She joined the District C Team in 2013 as a Civic Houston intern, and her previous political experience includes State Representative Ana Hernandez’s district office and Mayor Annise Parker’s final mayoral campaign.

Ngan Nguyen has joined our team as Scheduler and Director of Constituent Services. In this role, she interacts with both constituents and City departments in order to solve day-to-day problems throughout the district, in addition to coordinating our office calendar. Ngan also manages the District C volunteer initiative, the Cohen Ambassador Program. Born in Vietnam and raised in Houston from the age of 2, Ngan is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science from the University of Houston. She began serving as a summer intern as part of the Mayor’s Hire Houston Youth Program in 2016 and her previous political experience includes District F Council Member Steve Le’s office.

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From left: Traci, Mayor Pro Tem Cohen, Ngan, Valerie