The City's Intergovernmental Relations Department is responsible for monitoring state and federal governmental activities, developing legislative programs approved by City Council, managing the City's federal and state consultants, and coordinating legislative activities with other public and private-sector entities and municipal advocacy organizations, such as the National League of Cities and Texas Municipal League. Through coordination with City departments, staff performs several intergovernmental relations functions including:
- Keeping the Mayor and City Council informed on current developments in the Texas Legislature & the United States Congress that might affect the City of Corpus Christi.
- Building and maintaining relationships between the City of Corpus Christi and elected/appointed officials.
- Leading the lobbying efforts in the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress on behalf of the City.
- Coordinating with City departments to develop legislative proposals that will enhance the City's ability to better serve its citizens.
- Promoting regional cooperation on issues impacting local governments throughout the Coastal Bend area.
- Work with the City departments on matters before state and federal agencies.
- Managing the City's federal and state consultants.
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Tammy Kelch Embrey, Director of Intergovernmental Relations
Tammy Kelch Embrey is the Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the City of Corpus Christi. In this role, she is responsible for monitoring state and federal governmental activities, developing legislative programs approved by City Council, and managing the City’s federal and state consultants. Ms. Embrey also coordinates legislative activities with other public and private sector entities in the community as well as municipal advocacy organizations, including the National League of Cities and the Texas Municipal League,
Prior to joining the team in Corpus Christi Tammy spent most of her career working in public policy in Washington, DC. Tammy spent more than nine years at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Most recently Tammy served as a Senior Legislative Advisor at NRECA representing the electric cooperative industry in DC. In her first role at NRECA, Tammy served as the Legislative Outreach Manager advocating for the electric cooperative industry to elected officials at the state and local level across the country through groups such as NCSL, ALEC, CSG, regional governors associations and The Energy Council.
Tammy spent 4 years at the US Department of Agriculture handling Legislative and Public Affairs for the Rural Utilities Service and worked for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Tammy also staffed several campaigns in Texas and around the country for state and federal candidates.
A native Texan, Tammy grew up in Houston and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics. Tammy is married to Robert Embrey and they have one son, Parker.