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, Director of Communications
    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.
  • Melissa Rocha, Council Secretary
    Melissa joined the office in August of 2022 as the Council Scheduler. Her passion is to help other’s and learn more about her community as she is a resident of District H.