District 3 Staff

District 3 Staff

The District 3 goal is to assist residents with questions, concerns or suggestions. Your questions and concerns are important to us. Please feel free to call or e-mail us at any time.


Laura Etter, chief of staff, laura.etter@phoenix.gov

Laura is Chief of Staff for Vice Mayor Bill Gates.  Prior to joining District 3, Laura was Senior Associate for a Phoenix-based public affairs and government relations firm where she provided representation for public and private sector clients within state, county, and local government and focused on providing consistent and efficient communication between client, community, staff, and government officials.  Additionally, she provided executive management services for non-profit clients and overall project management to engage regional and community leadership in collaboration on various issues.

Laura is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class 32, remaining actively involved in the organization as a Community Steward and Program Day Vice Chair.  She previously chaired the Community Engagement Program Day, coordinating the joint Program Day with Hispanic Leadership Institute.  Additionally, she has been involved in the Urban Land Institute (ULI), serving as Membership Chair for the Central Arizona Young Leaders Group, part of the ULI Main Membership Committee, on the ULI YLG Programming committee and on the Regional Visioning Committee.

Laura holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Arizona State University.  She received her Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and graduated with a Dean’s Award.  She is licensed to practice law in both Arizona and California.  Prior to returning to Arizona, Laura worked at a law firm in Southern California and focused on advanced estate planning, estate taxation, and corporation formation.


d3carmellaajaheadshobtCarmella Aja, Council Aide, Carmella.aja@phoenix.gov

Prior to joining District 3, Carmella worked for a Phoenix-based public affairs and government relations firm where she represented private sector clients within state and county municipalities while acknowledging the needs of elected officials and recognizing their challenge to direct efficient and effective government.

Carmella is a fourth generation Arizona native and holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Agriculture & Resource Economics from University of Arizona.  She has been involved in her community through organizations such as the Collegiate Cattle Growers Association, Zona Zoo Crew, and was chosen to represent the 2013 Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series.  Currently, Carmella acts as a mentor for teens involved with her church and performs as an active member of her University of Arizona Alumni Association, as well as AREC Graduates Alumni Association, an organization dedicated to Agriculture & Resource Economics.






Phone: 602-262-7441
TTY: 602-256-3498
Fax: 602-534-4190
E-mail: council.district.3@phoenix.gov
City of Phoenix, Council Office, District 3
200 W. Washington St., 11th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003