Commission application number 114 submitted by Lonny Stern on 06/10/2020

First Name Lonny
Middle Name/Initial Aaron
Last Name Stern
Voter Unique Identification number 1133358946
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 35-44
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Bachelors - English/Communcations // Masters - Public Affairs
What is your occupation? Community Engagement
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78745
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78745
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Daniel
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial Corbet
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Bradford
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? Yes
Have you voted in 3 of the last 5 City of Austin general elections (or corresponding runoff if applicable)? Yes
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. I have a graduate degree in Public Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. During that time, I gained experience using Excel and SAS for data analysis. Since that time, I have overseen data analysis projects to determine the efficacy of various workforce development, STEM education, and transportation outreach programs on an annual basis. Further, I regularly stay up to date on city, county, state and national data that impacts economic opportunity in the region. My areas of interest include: transit access, educational attainment, racial demographics, land values, and zoning. Finally, as a Realtor, I have regular experience doing comparative market analysis and am comfortable reviewing legal documents.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. As a Public Relations and Public Policy professional, I have many years of experience in becoming deeply familiar with public policy recommendations while simultaneously working with the public in an impartial way to allow participants to shape and influence proposals. As a Realtor, I often work with clients whose priorities are different than mine. In all instances, I work to build consensus by focusing conversations on: 1) What is your personal vision? 2) What is our shared vision & goal? Differences? Similarities? 3) What DO I LIKE about the current situation? 4) What WOULD I LIKE TO CHANGE about the current situation? With each person, it is important to listen to their needs, concerns and desires and help build consensus by reviewing the options and seeing which ones will most closely address the needs, concerns and desires stated at the beginning of the process. Essentially: start with what we AGREE on and then tackle the differences separately. My nature as an individual and professional is to seek consensus.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. The City of Austin is one of the most racially and economically segregated in the country. This is the result of official policy – when the city pushed Black and Latinx households to the Eastside of the city in 1928, and unofficial policy – when middle and upper class households coalesced into neighborhoods featuring single-family homes and “good” schools. Adding to the stratification of household wealth is the issue of water protection, which resulted in much larger, single-family lots over the Edwards Aquifer and contributing zone. This has led to a strong environmental justice lobby that overlaps with some of the wealthiest zip codes in the region. Given recent “New Urbanism,” much of the 21st century has seen the reverse of 20th century “White Flight” trends. On the one hand, it meant a reduction of poverty and an increase in racial diversity in the central city. On the other hand, it has also resulted in lower income households fleeing Austin to seek more affordable housing in the suburbs.
Please provide your employment history. Lonny Stern is an accomplished program director, communications manager, and policy professional, having worked with a variety of non-profit, government, and private sector organizations. He is particularly focused on scaling programs that increase human capital, reduce government dependency, support regional growth and guarantee greater economic opportunity for the public and private sectors. Lonny Stern is a Community Engagement Program Manager at Capital Metro, Austin's regional transportation provider. He previously served as the Senior Director of Business Development at Skillpoint Alliance, a workforce development agency based in Central Texas; Outreach Director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) and Communications & Outreach Director for Hope Street Group, both nonpartisan policy organizations. He has also worked as a Research Analyst for the Texas House Research Organization (HRO); led transportation research teams for Good Company Associates and the Congressional Research Service; served as Executive Director of the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF); and held various communications and promotions positions at KO-OP Radio, Project Transitions, and for Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. Lonny earned a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin in 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications at Florida State University in 1999. He has been recognized with various awards, including: Austin Under 40 Award for “Community Service & Non-profit” (2015); The Austin American-Statesman - Fortunate 500 (2006); and Austin Chronicle " Mover & Shaker" (2002) & "Hardest Working Man in the Non-Profit Business" (2001).
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I have lived in the city of Austin since July 1999, after graduating from Florida State University. In this time, I have watched the city grow from a sleepy college town to a mid-sized, international city. The growth has provided benefits in the form of economic activity, employment rates, entertainment, and public space. The growth has also had some unintended consequences in terms of cost of living, traffic, gentrification, and loss of social cohesion. The 10-1 Council was designed to provide better representation for our citizens and, hopefully, will provide more ways to address the consequences of our regional growth. I think it is important to note that I am *not* a partisan. While I certainly vote in primary elections and have supported progressive candidates and causes, I am not attracted to partisan races. Rather, my interest has remained focused on city government in particular because candidates aren’t subject to a loyalty test as a Republican or Democrat. It is my sincere hope to focus our public discourse on shared values rather than party allegiance, and I look to city government as a model for success.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Social media, redistrictATX.org, City of Austin employee, From family or friend
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Disclaimer Signature Lonny Aaron Stern
District District 3
Does this application qualify? Yes