Commissioner, Brigid Shea
Precinct Two



Brigid came to Austin in 1988 to start the Texas chapter of Clean Water Action. Prior to that she had been an award-winning journalist at NPR stations in Minnesota and Philadelphia. In Austin, she was a leader in the Save Our Springs movement of 1992 which resulted in Austin’s historic SOS law to save Barton Springs.

Shea was elected to and served on the Austin city council from 1993 to 1996 where she championed consumer, electoral, and environmental reforms. She has been an advisor to the LCRA, Seton Hospital, and the City of Austin. Her carbon-reduction work won the TCEQ Environmental Excellence award in 2010. In 2014 she was elected to the Travis County Commission’s Court.

Currently she serves on the national board of Clean Water Action, a member of the state board of TCE, and is a former member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce Clean Energy Council. She represents Travis County on the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Recently she was selected for the 2019 Women in Government Leadership Program of Governing magazine.

Brigid is a native of North Dakota. She is married to John Umphress, a Green Building specialist with Austin Energy, and together they have two sons.


Commissioner Shea's Newsletter

Rocky Mountain Institute

Transportation Innovation Meeting: Video from August 3, 2015

PACE Briefing Luncheon: Video from June 24, 2015

Property Tax Appraisal Forum: Video from May 19, 2015


For General Information please email:

Street Address:
700 Lavaca, Suite 2.700
Austin, TX 78701 (Map)

Phone: (512) 854-9222

Precinct Two Commissioner
Brigid Shea

Chief of Staff
Barbara Rush
(512) 854-1480

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1748
Austin, TX 78767

Fax: (512) 854-6446

Policy Advisor
Melissa Velasquez
(512) 854-9557

Communications Director
Lani Oglewood
(512) 854-1144

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