Commission application number 12 submitted by Michael Nahas on 06/04/2020

First Name Michael
Middle Name/Initial David
Last Name Nahas
Voter Unique Identification number 1213105165
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 45-54
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Computer Science, Economics
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78751
What is your occupation? Unemployed (Researcher)
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? 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
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Other (please describe)
How did you hear "Other" option detail A talk by a current commissioner at a Fair Maps Texas event
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
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Please describe your relevant analytical skills. I have taken the PhD class in econometrics, which is statistic used by economists. I am an expert at writing software. One of my jobs was predicting stock prices, which required basic statistics, linear regression, and programming it to process millions of stock price changes per day.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I've voted for candidates for President from both major parties. In the last election, I voted for candidates from both major parties. I do want to reveal any known potential for bias: I volunteered full-time in 2018 for Julie Oliver's campaign for federal office (the U.S. House of Representatives). I am on the Board of AURA, a local group advocating for a new land-use code and public transportation. As part of AURA, I have volunteered for a day or two on the campaigns of candidates we endorsed for City Council. I have donated roughly $250 to campaigns for City Council.
Disclaimer Signature Michael David Nahas
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I live in central Austin. My parents in west Austin. My sister in south Austin. My favorite coffee shop is in east Austin. The Vietnamese restaurant that me and my brother love is in north Austin. I enjoy hiking and biking all over. I cannot claim any special connection to the minority communities in Austin. I've attended 2 or 3 NAACP meetings and 1 Black Lives Matter meeting. I've attended talks on the issues at the border. I was going to take a trip with Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera, but became ill and had to cancel, forfeiting my deposit. I do understand some aspects of Austin's racist history, including: The historically Black neighborhood is where it is because the land had bad soil to build on. Red lining. The "white flight", where richer, whiter members of Austin moved to Westlake Hills. (To this day, the rich pay lower taxes by living in Westlake Hills.) Gentrification. Roughly 1 in 20 people in the Austin metro area are undocumented. And, of course, the single-district City Council, which allowed the white majority to outvote and silence minorities. I help with the annual homeless census (PIT Count). I can talk about how roughly 1/6th of Austin spends more than 50% of their income on rent, and another 1/6th spends more than 30% of their income. I can also talk about how middle single-income families are being forced out of Austin by high property prices.
Please provide your employment history. Quantitative Trader and Senior Developer, Walleye Trading LLC, New York, NY 2007-10 Managed price prediction and price infrastructure for options marketmaker * Used statistics to predict prices for 600 stocks and futures * Wrote software to do the calculation on 100 CPU cores. * My prediction saved the company $20k per day on hedging costs. Senior Developer, Broadway Technology LLC, New York, NY, 2004-07 Served as core developer and on-site consultant for financial industry start-up. * Wrote high-speed software that ran on multi-core machines. * Wrote software that computed bond price predictions Research Scientist, Arch. Tech. Corp., Eden Prairie, MN, 2002-04 Researched reverse engineering and preventing it by binary-code obfuscation * Won 2 research grants (awarded post-departure). Adjunct Faculty, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2000-00 Taught data structures and x86 assembly language programming Graduate Researcher, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1995-2001 Researched scalable peer-to-peer multicast * Discovered new distributed fault-tolerant algorithm for the Delaunay triangulation * Achieved reliable multicast at 15Mbps between 100 machines using UVA's Centurion cluster
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I have worked in Austin to fight gerrymandering. First with Degerrymander Texas and then Fair Maps Texas. To raise funds, I helped make and sell jigsaw puzzles, where the pieces were Texas's gerrymandered US Congressional Districts. I attended the Austin conference of the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG). I have studied game theory, which is the understanding how people make decisions given rules. It will be helpful knowledge if someone tries to amend the charter for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. (The current rules are full of game theory, to keep the commission independent.)
District District 9
Does this application qualify? No