Commission application number 133 submitted by Matthew Traub on 06/13/2020

First Name Matthew
Last Name Traub
Voter Unique Identification number 1160362174
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 35-44
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Chemistry
What is your occupation? Research Engineer
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78757
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78757
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Caroline
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name O'Meara
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 experience analyzing experimental data in a scientific and professional context. This has included use of Matlab/Octave software for statistical analysis of large numbers of independent samples. I also have experience developing complex hardware systems, and am comfortable dealing with problems in which multiple competing interests must be considered.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I have no direct connection to any current city council member, or to the best of my knowledge, any planned candidates. I am deeply committed to idea that responsible democratic government requires fair representation for all people and all neighborhoods. The 2014 shift from at-large council seats to single member districts was an important change to include and engage many areas of the city that had been neglected. If I serve on this commission, my goal is to continue that change and to help produce a district map that fairly lets all residents of Austin have a voice for their own views.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I live near the intersection of Lamar and Airport. The evidence of the segregation and underrepresentation on Council deliberately imposed by Austin can be seen in the difference in resources east and west of Lamar. However, this area showcases some some of the exciting diversity that is possible in Austin, including all types of homes, from single family to condo to apartment, and all types of businesses, from industrial supply to restaurants run by Asian and Latino immigrants to craft breweries. I am a member of the Rundberg YMCA branch, and greatly appreciate it as both a place to exercise and a community resource. At a community forum the Y hosted on improving safety at the Rundberg and Lamar intersection (one of the most dangerous for pedestrians in Austin), African-American, Latino, white, and Asian participants all walked through the intersection and down Rundberg to identify issues and potential improvements. It was both a reminder of what happens when parts of a city are deliberately neglected and of what improvements are possible when there is fair representation. While I live in the North Central area of Austin, I spend time all across it. This includes traveling through and visiting the more central and urban areas on Metro Rail or Metro Rapid and exploring parks and trails further from the urban core.
Please provide your employment history. I spent 4 years as a postdoctoral fellow at UT Austin working the Chemistry Department. While my work did not directly involve the type of data that would be used by the redistricting commission, it did require me to take large data sets, write custom software for analysis, and draw relevant conclusions. Since 2012, I have worked in private industry in North Austin developing complex tools for semiconductor and optics production. In addition to some continued use of statistical analysis, I have had to continually learn about new technologies that are relevant to my work. I am used to approaching new problems with the understanding that expertise in area is not automatic expertise in another. I am ready to do the work and learning required to be an effective commission member.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. In addition to the work experience described above, I was the parent co-chair of the Brentwood Elementary CAC from 2016 to 2018.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Radio, Bus advertisement
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Disclaimer Signature Matthew Traub
District District 7
Does this application qualify? Yes