Commission application number 171 submitted by David Dixon on 06/27/2020

First Name David
Middle Name/Initial Russell
Last Name Dixon
Voter Unique Identification number 1148525972
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 65+
Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Major Pursued Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Ocean Engineering
What is your occupation? Executive Director Program Management
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78730
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78730
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Susan
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial Murray
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Dixon
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. My 40-year project and program management career has refined my ability to define a problem/opportunity, collect information (objective data and subjective, alternate views), identify and narrow options, recommend solutions, and implement. My early love of math and education as a mechanical engineer certainly helped with the strictly analytical side of that, but more important my domestic and international experience imbued me with a deep respect for different cultures and approaches to problem solving.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. One of my guiding principles is F. Scott Fitzgerald's quote: "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." As noted above, my family and I have lived in Singapore, Angola, China, Indonesia, and Australia, in addition to both historically conservative and liberal locations in the US. My colleagues and customers would confirm that I'm steady, fact-based, and not easily swayed by emotional presentations.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. As noted above, the absolutely best part of my career was that it allowed my family and I to live in several countries, states, and cultures with much different values and histories from my safe, middle-class Texas upbringing. Those experiences were challenging, and ultimately simply enriching, and wonderful. When we chose to move back to Central Texas in 1996 (first to Georgetown, and then to Austin in 2007), it was foremost to be closer to aging family, but importantly because Austin was so much more politically, racially, and geographically diverse than ANYWHERE else in Texas. We have never regretted that decision.
Please provide your employment history. In order from current to oldest. In particular please note my contributions to participation in and contributions towards various TX Historically Under-Utilized Business programs, international efforts, as well as data-driven organizational initiatives I led. THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM Executive Director – Transition Austin, TX 6/2017 – 12/2019 As directed by UT Board of Regents, management of the transition of major capital projects, staff, and associated contracts and systems from OFPC to UT Austin, UT Medical Branch - Galveston, UT-San Antonio, UT-HSC-SA, UT-Arlington, and UT-HSC-Houston and establishing operating protocols for program assurance and risk management. Executive Director - Program Delivery, Office of Facilities Planning and Construction 7/2005 – 5/2017 Executive management for delivery of OFPC’s $3.8 Billion major capital higher education, research, and healthcare construction program as described below for this “ENR Top 40 Program Manager”- sized organization. • Led up to 150+ professionals, craft and administrative staff in safely executing a program of up to 98 active projects on budget, within schedule and to expected functionality, and in accordance with UT Board of Regents rules, regulations and state procurement laws. Managed $11 million department expenses within budget. • Championed behavioral-based Leadership in Safety program within OFPC, resulting in Recordable Incident Rates (RIR) 30%-40% lower than peer organizations, improving contractor safety processes within the State. • Championed Historically Underutilized Business initiative within Program Management, resulting in participation rates ranging from 23% (professional services) to 27% (construction). • Liaison with state and national design and construction professionals through presentations and speeches to industry associations, Historically Underutilized Business outreach. • Led OFPC as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for 1-1/2 years, acting as primary liaison with UT System and campus executive staff and Board of Regents for all capital program matters; set department strategic intents in alignment with Business Affairs Success Metrics. Associate Director and Director - Program Management, OFPC Austin, Texas 7/2001 – 6/2005 Responsible for the execution of a portfolio of 90+ active higher education, research, and healthcare projects totaling $4.6 Billion from programming through design, construction and turn-over to customers at 15 campuses statewide. • Individual projects varied from parking garages to the Galveston National Biocontainment Lab to ambulatory cancer clinics, with costs between $3 Million and $453 Million. Monthly spend reached $62.5 million at peak, an increase of 50% over three years previously. Project cost variance averaged less than 0.7%. • Led 80 professional, craft and administrative staff (7 direct reports). Established and managed group budget of $913,000, reducing expenditures as required to meet new target while increasing mission-critical training, equipment purchases and regional offices. PETROCOSM CORP. Director, Business Development, Houston, Texas; Luanda, Angola 2001 Led business-to-business e-procurement account management activities for the sub-Saharan Africa region, setting strategic direction, maximizing the number of selected international buyers and suppliers. • Agreement signed with Angolan national oil company. PFLUGER, WIGINTON, HOOKER, ARCHITECTS Management Consultant Austin, Texas 2000 Project management consultant for firm, established Project Management Office and systems. CHEVRON CORP. Manager, Engineering and Construction, Cabinda Gulf Oil Co. Cabinda, Angola, 1996 – 2000 Set strategic and operating goals as member of Angola Business Team; EH&S Council; and IT Committee for this Fortune 500-sized subsidiary. Managed $302 Million capital and expense budget and a staff of 240+ engineers, craft, lab technicians, and office staff. Administered additional $47 Million support services contracts. • Reorganized department into teams focused on mid-sized projects and operations support. • Brought capital and expense budgets in within 97% of forecast. • Reduced costs and leveraged department capabilities through increased outsourcing of engineering support. • Increased number of professional positions held by Angolans from 39% of professional staff to 58%. • Decreased Lost Work Day Frequency Rate from 2.7 to 0.2 and developed IFE contractor safety plan processes. Profit Center Manager, West Australian Petroleum Co. Thevenard Is. and Perth, Australia 1993 – 1996 Developed and executed exploration, production and manpower strategies. Led engineering, financial and union operations team in implementing a $244 Million capital and expense budget. Launched self-managed work team-based organization that: • Brought project and operations budgets in within forecast. • Increased annual production by 11% and after tax cash flow by 31% through fast-track scheduling and reducing equipment downtime. • Developed and executed ground-breaking safety management systems which resulted in accelerated permitting by government ministries, and a reduction in Lost Work Day and Recordable Incident Rates by more than 50%. • “Australian-ized” position six months ahead of schedule. Chief Engineering Manager, West Australian Petroleum Co. Perth, Australia 1992 - 1993 Managed $234 Million capital and expense budget within budget. Led staff of 70 professionals in company’s engineering and construction department. • Led organizational study that convinced executive management of benefits of self-managed work teams. • Reduced costs and improved engineering quality by establishing alliance with international engineering firm. • Developed regional Safety Management System that was adopted across the company. • Hired and trained Australian national to become Chief Facilities Engineer. . District Engineering Manager, Chevron USA Rangely, CO 1990 – 1992 Managed 24 employees (all direct reports) involved in capital and expense operations support projects. • Downsized department from 24 to 12 after participating in re-engineering study of D&C support requirements. Senior Engineer, Chevron Overseas China, Singapore, and Indonesia 1988 – 1990 Managed design, procurement, construction, hook-up, and commissioning of $95 Million platform in the South China Sea. Supervised 117 multi-national engineers, inspectors, support staff and craft, managing worldwide contracts and purchase orders for project completion within budget and ahead of schedule. Lead and Senior Project Engineer, Chevron USA California 1977 - 1988 Project management of surface facilities design and construction. Supervised staffs of up to 25 company engineers and 50 contract professionals to complete onshore and offshore facilities projects valued at up to $102 Million. EDUCATION The University of Texas at Austin, BSME, Minor in Ocean Engineering, graduated with Honors Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX, President’s Scholar, two years toward BSME Degree
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I simply can't express how exciting I believe these (admittedly difficult) times are, how ready I think Austin is to be a part of them, a model of how to do it right in this great state, and how anxious I am to be a small part of them. Finally, while I'm not now very knowledgeable of various data-driven methods of appropriately allocating districts to ensure the best representation possible, I'm keen to delve into that. I firmly believe local, state, and national representation is critically important to the democratic process, and the better we get that right, the better for all of our community.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Radio, Newspaper, redistrictATX.org
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Disclaimer Signature David Russell Dixon
District District 6
Does this application qualify? Yes