Commission application number 109 submitted by Annika Olson on 06/10/2020

First Name Annika
Last Name Olson
Voter Unique Identification number 2157546272
Ethnicity White
Gender Female
Age 25-34
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Public Policy and Psychology
What is your occupation? Assistant Director of Policy Research (At the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, in the Black Studies Department at UT)
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78751
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78751
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? No
Are you applying to be the student member of the commission? No
Have you been continuously registered to vote in the City of Austin for the last five years? No
Have you voted in 3 of the last 5 City of Austin general elections (or corresponding runoff if applicable)? No
Been appointed to a state or city office? No
Been elected to a state or city office? No
Been a candidate for a state or city office? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a political party? No
Served as an officer, employee, or paid consultant of the campaign committee of a candidate for elective state, county, or city office? No
Been a registered state or local lobbyist? No
A paid employee of the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional services contract with the City of Austin? No
A person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to the City Council of the City of Austin or to any individual member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
A controlling person of a person performing paid services under a professional or personal services contract to any member of the City Council of the City of Austin? No
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
Please describe your relevant analytical skills. -Quantitative and qualitative research experience -Reading and writing skills -Interpersonal skills -Exceptional communication skills -Decision-making and problem-solving
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I am a policy researcher focused on race-equity issues and I work for a bi-partisan research institute (IUPRA) at UT. I work hard to be impartial and understand all sides of the issue. Most recently, IUPRA focused on the AISD school closures and released several reports, policy briefs, and maps to help trustee members, city officials, and the community learn more about the impact of the school closures. We have since focused on equitable housing practices in Austin, and now, with the outbreak of COVID-19, have focused on the digital divide and education. We are an impartial research institute looking to disseminate facts and unbiased information to spark community conversation and bring about policy change.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I truly and deeply appreciate Austin's diverse demographics and geography. As an AmeriCorps member at Oak Springs Elementary, I interacted with students and families from all walks of life and got to know more about what growing up on the East Side of Austin was like. I met families who spoke dozens of different languages and I helped students who had just moved to the U.S. learn to read and write. I worked as a refugee mentor with Interfaith Action of Central Texas and became very close with a young woman from Syria and her family. Now, in my work at UT, I have conversations with communities across the city. I speak with parents in Westlake and Walnut Creek as well as Mueller and the St. Johns' neighborhood. I truly appreciate the diversity that is present in Austin and the richness that it brings to our city. Additionally, Austin is diverse geographically--rolling hills, lakes and rivers, and downtown, tree-lined streets. We are lucky to be surrounded by such unique beauty and it is something that I love to see when I go outside every day. I enjoy biking the South Walnut Creek Trail, kayaking in Lady Bird Lake, and working at the community garden at Burnet Middle School. Austin has so much to offer and we must celebrate that diversity.
Please provide your employment history. -Assistant Director of Policy Research, IUPRA at the University of Texas at Austin -Georgetown University Graduate Researcher (Public Policy and Psychology) -Literacy First AmeriCorps English Tutor (Oak Springs Elementary School, Austin) -National Institutes of Mental Health Research Scholar, University of South Florida
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I recognize that I have not lived in Austin for 5 consecutive years, but I would still like to be considered for the Commission. I am invested in this city, have done so much work to help the community, and have a strong analytical background that I think would be very useful for the Commission. I am very excited that for the first time in 10 years Austin will re-draw its City Council districts, and it is very much something I would like to be a part of. I greatly appreciate you considering my application.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Radio, Newspaper
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Disclaimer Signature Annika Olson
District District 7
Does this application qualify? No