District H

Meet Your District H Staff


  • Contact District H staff at districth@houstontx.gov
  • Emily S. Haines, Deputy Chief of Staff
    Emily joined the team in January of 2022 as Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to this role, Emily worked in the non-profit and education fields. She is a proud resident of District H with her spouse and two children.
  • Carisia Banda, Director of Special Projects
    Carisia first worked for Council Member Cisneros as a TechConnect intern in 2018. She returned to the TechConnect program in 2019 and has now become the Director of Special Projects.
  • Stella Ramirez, Office Manager/Scheduler
    Stella has been with the office of Council Member Karla Cisneros since April 2016 as the Office Manager and Scheduler after working for HISD for 17 years as a clerk and school secretary for many HISD campuses.
  • Samantha Vasquez, Council Administrative Assistant
    Samantha joined the office in August of 2022 as the Council Administrative Assistant. Her passion for the city runs deep as she is a proud young alumni to the University of Houston.
  • Vanesa Medrano, Council Intern
    Vanesa joined the office of Council Member Karla Cisneros in October 2021 as the Council Intern. Vanesa is an active community engager who began her activism at a very young age. She began her internship with the support of the Hire Houston Youth program.