About Us

As a new grassroots organization, Austin for All People opposes the proposed charter amendment on the May 2021 city of Austin ballot that aims to transfer political power and agency from voters to the politically connected by changing the city of Austin’s governance system to a strong mayor form of government.

Meet our volunteer leadership

Jesús  Garza | Co-chair

Garza has been a community and civic leader in Austin—and the state—for decades. He began his career in government with the City of Austin in 1978.

As Austin city manager from 1994 to 2002, Garza led the city during a period of economic and population expansion. His tenure included business development, downtown revitalization, and the opening of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Garza also served as CEO of Seton Healthcare Family, overseeing Seton’s partnership with the University of Texas to create Dell Medical School and the Dell Seton Medical Center, a teaching hospital that opened in 2017.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Catherine Morse | Co-chair

Morse represents national and international clients in employment law and public affairs.

Morse possesses a deep knowledge of the legal concerns of sophisticated companies with significant community presence.

For over 10 years, Morse served as legal counsel for one of the largest national semiconductor manufacturing facilities where she managed internal legal staff and outside counsel along with the company’s relationships with trade associations, lobbyists, and public relations firms.

Mason Ayer | Co-chair

Ayer is the CEO of Kerbey Lane Cafe in Austin, Texas.

After earning his JD from the University of Virginia, Ayer spent several years in the legal world before venturing into the restaurant business. Under his leadership, Kerbey Lane Cafe has rapidly expanded and cemented itself as an iconic Austin institution. 

Ayer is the immediate past chair of the United Way for Greater Austin and continues to serve as a director.  He also serves on the boards of Austin Habitat for Humanity, the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Restaurant Association. 

In 2016 he was honored by the ABJ as the Best CEO of a Mid-Sized Austin Business and in 2017 he received an Austin Under 40 Award and was recognized by the Austin Chamber with its Executive Leadership Award.

Pastor Joseph Parker | Co-chair

Pastor Joseph C. Parker, Jr., Esq., D. Min., a native of Birmingham, Alabama, is the Senior Pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, Texas.

He has taught preaching at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Advanced Civil Litigation in Trial Advocacy at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. He has served on several committees of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and served on its Executive Board. He also served on the Baptist Standard newsmagazine board and serves as the President of the Ministers Conference of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America. He has formerly served on the board of the Austin Anti-Defamation League and the Travis County Public Defender Office Organizational Committee.

Beginning in 1997, he led the development and implementation of the Chestnut Neighborhood Plan approved by the City of Austin, which focused on revitalizing the gentrifying Chestnut neighborhood in which David Chapel’s worship facilities are located. In 1998, he chaired the first Citizens Bond Advisory Committee for the City of Austin.

Nico Ramsey | Director of Community Engagement

Ramsey is a corporate social responsibility professional and a civil rights activist from Austin, Texas.

At the municipal, state and federal level, Nico works with Central Texas nonprofits that promote systemic change to break the cycle of poverty, provide access to safe and affordable healthcare and for queer and racial justice and equality.

Ramsey serves on the Board of Governors for the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, The Human Rights Campaign and the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

Ramsey is also affiliated through committee work with the City of Austin’s Corporate Engagement Council, United Way for Greater Austin, ZACH Theatre, Leadership Austin, Vivent Health and Todos Juntos Learning Center.


Individuals and organizations who oppose Proposition F

Individuals

  • Alison Alter, Council Member, City of Austin, District 10
  • Kenneth Ashworth, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Texas
  • Muneeb Aslan, Community Advocate
  • Mason Ayer, Co-Chair, Austin for All People; CEO, Kerbey Lane Cafe
  • Dianne Bangle, CEO, Real Estate Council of Austin
  • Kevin Barajas, Community Advocate, UT Student
  • Gonzalo Barrientos, former Texas State Senator
  • Jim Bayless, Attorney
  • Jeremiah Bentley, Community Leader
  • Terrell Blodgett, Professor Emeritus, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
  • Tina Cannon, President & CEO, Austin LGBT Chamber 
  • Elizabeth Christian, CEO, Elizabeth Christian Public Relations
  • Lee Cooke, Former Mayor, City of Austin
  • Betty Dunkerley, Former City Council Member, City of Austin
  • Judge Craig Enoch, Partner, Enoch Kever; Former Chair, Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Vanessa Fuentes, Council Member, City of Austin, District 2
  • Arnold Garcia, Retired, Austin American-Statesman
  • Jesus Garza, Co-Chair, Austin for All People; former Austin City Manager
  • Margaret Gomez, Commissioner, Precinct 4, Travis County
  • Brian Greig, Attorney
  • Carol Guthrie, Business Manager, AFSCME
  • Natasha Harper-Madison, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Austin, District 1
  • Jeremy Hendricks, Director, LiUNA Local 1095
  • Ora Houston, Former City Council Member, City of Austin
  • Briona Jenkins, Founder, Briona Jenkins Consulting
  • Mackenzie Kelly, Council Member, City of Austin, District 6
  • Ann Kitchen, Council Member, City of Austin, District 5
  • Marco Mancillas, Community Advocate
  • Catherine Morse, Co-Chair, Austin for All People; Partner, Enoch Kever
  • Patti Ohlendorf, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Leslie Pool, Council Member, City of Austin, District 7
  • Nico Ramsey, Community Activist
  • Sabino “Pio” Renteria, Council Member, City of Austin, District 3
  • Randi Shade, Former City Council Member, City of Austin
  • Brigid Shea, Commissioner, Precinct 2, Travis County
  • Bill Spelman, Former City Council Member, City of Austin
  • Hailey Suggs, Attorney, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
  • Kathie Tovo, Council Member, City of Austin, District 9
  • Ellen Wood, CEO, VCFO, Inc.
  • Selena Xie, President, Austin EMS Association
  • José Garza, Travis County District Attorney

Organizations

  • Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Austin Environmental Democrats
  • Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • AFSCME Local 1624
  • Austin Central Labor Council
  • Austin EMS Association
  • Austin Neighborhoods Council
  • Austin Young Democrats
  • Austin Young Republicans
  • Circle C Democrats
  • Clean Water Action
  • Save Our Springs Alliance
  • Liberal Austin Democrats
  • LiUNA Local 1095
  • NXNW Dems
  • People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources
  • Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA)
  • Sierra Club’s Austin Group
  • SOS
  • UNITE HERE Local 23
  • Windsor Hills Neighborhood Association

Watch the press conference

Watch our recent press conference featuring a majority of the Austin City Council and other Austin community leaders. This diverse group is united in its opposition to Proposition F.

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