Chief of Staff
Assists Commissioner in meeting departmental goals and objectives; Ensures that specific projects are executed efficiently, effectively and in a timely manner in accordance with Fort Bend County’s policies and procedures; Attends meetings on Commissioner’s behalf and serves as a liaison for Commissioner; Participates in planning of programs, policies or objectives for Precinct 4; Coordinates with other county departments and management to resolve issues and expedite work.
JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (’13); BA in Chemistry and Political Science w/ Honors from Case Western Reserve University (’09); Stephen F. Austin High School (’06)
Prior to joining the office Ali served as a Felony Prosecutor in the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, and before that served in Private Practice for over 5 years. Additionally, he serves on a TIRZ Board as a director and has been active in local community organizations for over a decade.
Ali is an avid reader and fiction writer, including short stories and novels.
Oversees all public messaging including external communications and inquiries; works closely with the Commissioner and the Chief of Staff to perform duties related to the strategic communications, graphic design, video production, and engagement with internal and external stakeholders to make county government accessible to Precinct 4 residents and partners.
Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Texas Southern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Houston.
Employed with Fort Bend County since 2023
Public Relations Society of America, Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute Fellow, Mu Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Project Manager of Policy and Constituent Services
Assists Commissioner in meeting departmental goals and objectives; Ensures County projects are fully executed; Manage office related events; Attends meetings with and for Commissioner; serves as point of contact for county projects; Manages and responds to citizens questions and concerns; reviews and consults items that are up for Commissioners Court approval.
MSW from Graduate College of Social Work at University of Houston; BA in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College.
Prior to joining the Precinct 4 office, Merci worked in the Fort Bend County Judge’s office as a project manager over grants and as the Judge’s executive assistant. She has also worked as a policy analyst for a Texas House Caucus chaired by Representative Garnet Coleman.
When not traveling you can find Merci spending time with her dog, reading in the park, or listening to all things politics through the numerous podcasts she has queued in her podcast app.
Assists Commissioner in meeting departmental goals and objectives; manages Commissioner’s calendar; serves as department coordinator; manages computer and phone software to ensure daily activities are not interrupted; attends meetings and participates in committees on behalf of the Commissioner when needed; manage budget expenditures and recommends adjustments as necessary; Responds to citizen questions and concerns;
Master of Science in Political Science from Arizona State University w/honors; Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Truman State University w/honors; successfully completed Political Science internships at Duke and Marquette University.
Sammone holds over 17 years of combined experience in administration within the public and private sectors. Sammone has served in various fields including municipal government, real estate, construction, and education.
Sammone enjoys spending time with her family, roller skating with her son, reading, and playing the piano.