Commission application number 146 submitted by Luis Gonzalez on 06/18/2020

First Name Luis
Middle Name/Initial Alberto
Last Name Gonzalez
Voter Unique Identification number 1174245906
Ethnicity Hispanic or Latino
Gender Male
Age 25-34
Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Major Pursued Journalism
What is your occupation? Executive Assistant to the CEO
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78759
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78759
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Robert
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Trent
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. In previous employment roles as executive assistant and projects manager, I have needed to identify all aspects of a problem and understanding why said problem exists before I can come to a proper resolution. I like to think one of my strongest skills is good communication, which I use to gather information from stakeholders of a certain issue/task. Once a solution is found, it must then also be communicated to those it effects. I've recently tried to improve on my analytical skills by joining the board of some local non-profits and jumping into leadership roles at my place of employee, such as our culture-improvement committee, which I lead.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. Personally and politically, I do my best to view an issue from both sides, even if I know that one of those sides may not contain the right answer. I'm a learner, I enjoy absorbing all kinds of new information. I always try to make a decision based on what is best for the whole, not just for myself. Perhaps, it's my educational background as a journalist. I have been taught that every piece of information is important, and our job in journalism is to remain unbiased as we pursue the truth.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I grew up in a small south Texas town near the Mexico border. While some would consider a town with a predominantly Hispanic population to be diverse, I was always only around people who looked and appreciated the same cultural aspects as I did. My first trip to Austin was during my junior year of high school, I made it to state competition in journalism. We walked through the UT-Austin campus, and even on 6th Street at night, and I was enamored by the rainbow of skin color, languages, food, art, everything! I may not have been the biggest fan of the university at the time, but I knew at that point I wanted to live in Austin. I've lived in this wonderful city for a decade now, and though a lot of the unique culture has disappeared with its recent growth, I still frequent the small cafes and art exhibitions that pop up in race-specific areas of town. It goes back to me just wanting to learn and absorb as much new material as I can.
Please provide your employment history. The bulk of my employment history has been condensed to my time at The University of Texas at Austin. Upon my graduation from the university, I served in two administrative roles at The School of Architecture. In the second role, my focus was faculty tenure and promotion. At just 22 years old, I worked very closely with experienced professors to ensure they made it to the next level of their professional career. I researched for them what materials were necessary, how precisely their nomination package needed to be executed, and always did so with a smile. It remains my favorite role. Unfortunately, the pay did not meet my needs. Then, I served as a Senior Administrative Associate for the president of the university, Greg Fenves. With the number of high-profiled guests, some I liked, some I did not, I needed to remain professional and courtesy at all times. I was subjected to confidential information and approached it with the utmost respect for a university that has already given me so much. After two years of employment with the Office of the President, I jumped over to the newly created Dell Medical School to assist the Vice Dean for Health Ecosystem as an administrative manager. I supported relationship-building efforts across various sectors (business, foundation, university, government, etc.), strengthened a network of those who would help the Dell Medical School achieve its goals by identifying and conducting research, and managed the Vice Dean's calendar and engagement schedule, all with minimal oversight. I know fill the role of Executive Assistant to the CEO for a local lighting company. The switch from a state institution to a private company has been strange, but I'm always intrigued by a challenge.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I hold a passion to ensure government works fairly for all. If redrawing the lines of council districts will help change the dynamics of politics in this city, I want to be a part of that small change. I feel a run for public office is somewhere in my future, and recently completed a three-month program that gives resources and advice to those who have a desire for public office. Yes, I know by applying and potential being accepted to this commission that I would not be able to run for local office for ten years, but this task of redistricting seems more urgent and important. I'm willing to put my personal desires and ambitions on the backburner in order to assist my city as it grows.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Social media
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Disclaimer Signature Luis Gonzalez
District District 10
Does this application qualify? Yes