Allies Across Texas Task Force


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Purpose: Developed with the idea of making recommendations on policies, practices and strategies to identify and eliminate disparities in the public administration arena.

Vision: We are passionate about creating an inclusive organization that promotes and values diversity. We are committed to individual and organizational efforts to build respect, dignity, fairness, caring, equality and self-esteem. We believe diversity drives innovation. We are building a culture where difference is valued. Equality isn’t just the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do. Together, we can continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates the diverse voices of our members which connect us closer to the citizens and communities we serve.

Mission: Intentionally recruit, develop, and retain young professionals, women, African- Americans, Hispanics, and other underrepresented populations.


  • Increase student, young professional, women, African-American, and Hispanic TCMA membership by 10%
  • Conduct an equity workshop to educate our membership on the value of equity, diversity and inclusion for city managers.
  • Support women leadership initiatives in the public administration arena.
  • Target historically black colleges and others with significant underrepresented populations for careers in local government.
  • Encourage appointed officials to recruit underrepresented populations for careers in public administration.
  • Monitor the progress in achieving equity goals.
  • Develop operational plan with metrics to complete the goals of the Equity Task Force.
  • Create an atmosphere for a comfortable conversation on equity and inclusion.

Committee Members
Noel Bernal, Chair, City Manager, Brownsville
Debbie Maynor, Vice Chair, Retired

Task Force Region Representatives
Region 1     Aldo Gallegos, City Manager, Cactus
Region 2     Maria Elena Quintanilla, City Manager, Ransom Canyon
Region 3     Emily Crawford, City Manager, Brownwood
Region 4     Fabrice Kabona, Assistant City Manager, Lancaster
Region 5     Vacant
Region 6     Anthony Snipes
Region 7     Micah Grau, Deputy City Manager, Buda
Region 8     Monique Vernon, City Manager, Kirby
Region 9     Kevin Carruth, City Manager, Rockport
Region 10   Michelle Rivera, Assistant City Manager, McAllen

Additional Task Force Members
James Childers, Assistant City Manager, Irving
Karen Daly, Mountain Plains Regional Director, ICMA
Jack Harper, City Manager, Fulshear
Paulette Hartman, Deputy City Manager, North Richland Hills
Michael Marrero, City Manager, Odessa
Lauren Middleton-Pratt, Assistant City Manager, Buda
Elvenn Richardson, President, EJAR STAR & Associates, Inc.
Isaac Turner, Retired City Manager
Phillip Urrutia, Assistant City Manager, Odessa