Commission application number 201 submitted by Sidney Beaty on 07/12/2020

First Name Sidney
Middle Name/Initial T
Last Name Beaty
Voter Unique Identification number 2119841834
Ethnicity White
Gender Female
Age 25-34
Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Major Pursued Urban and Regional Studies
What is your occupation? Student, Graduate Intern - TXGLO
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78702
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78702
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Are you applying to be the student member of the commission? Yes
Are you a student enrolled in a community college or university in the City of Austin? 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 worked with demographic and socioeconomic data from a large assortment of federal, state, and local public sources for most of my academic and professional career. I have worked with GIS for over a decade and have a passion for mapping data and observing patterns in cities and states. Most recently, I provided customized data to the City of Dallas’ Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs through a 2019-2020 UT Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs policy research project. As a member of the data analytics and mapping team, I worked to identify patterns and potential service gaps that the foreign-born population faces in Dallas. I also helped identify neighborhoods to be surveyed by analyzing birthplace, citizenship status, poverty, and language ability data at the census tract level.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I worked for the State of Texas for over four years, and before that I was an employee of a small village government in upstate NY. In both roles I worked directly with the public providing assistance and resources and hosting events and hearings. These activities require impartiality--people often shared their politics, but my job was not to judge or debate. My job was to help and to communicate government policies and programs effectively. I firmly believe that everyone deserves to be heard. I also recognize that lack of impartiality in the past (e.g. redlining, unequal provision of public services) has created an uneven playing field, and that some voices need to be amplified as a result.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I moved to Austin five years ago because of a job offer. I had only been to Austin once before, knew very little about the city, and picked a house sight unseen in an area that seemed convenient for commuting and exploring the city by foot. I picked a house in East Austin, one block from Huston Tillotson University. It wasn’t until I got to the city and began learning about my new home that I learned the history of my neighborhood. Since then I’ve learned about Clarksville, Wheatville, East Ave, and the 1928 Master Plan. About Rosewood Courts, Santa Clarita, and Chalmers. I understand that Austin has a complicated past with treating black and Latin American residents fairly, and that gentrification is both the result of and the extension of this pattern. Neighborhoods that were previously redlined and housed the city’s black and Latin American residents became desirable and affordable to white Austinites and the cycle began again, forcing lower-income black and Latin American residents further toward the fringes of the city in search of affordability. These ongoing demographic shifts change neighborhood dynamics and networks and need to be taken into consideration.
Please provide your employment history. Employment: June 2020 – Present: Graduate Intern, Housing Assistance Program, Texas General Land Office Community Development & Revitalization (Austin, TX). January 2020 – June 2020: CONNECT Fellow with Community Powered Workshop, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs (Austin, TX). September 2016 – July 2019: Planner II, Housing Resource Center, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (Austin, TX). I provided research for reports and plans including HUD Consolidated Planning documents, the State of Texas Low Income Housing Plan and Annual Report, and TDHCA’s Regional Allocation Formula Methodology, which drives the annual allocation of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. I also responded to legislative and public requests regarding demographic and programmatic data and affordable housing resources. May 2015 – September 2016: Planner I/Monitoring Specialist, Texas Emission Reduction Plan, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (Austin, TX). November 2014 – April 2015: Administrative Assistant, Krantz Furniture & Krantz Rentals (Albion, NY). August 2013 – November 2014: Program Coordinator, Village of Albion (Albion, NY). Served as liaison between the Village, the Albion Merchants Association, local residents, and other community stakeholders; attended and presented at Village Board meetings. May 2013 – August 2013: Grant and Proposal Writing Intern, Math & Movement (Ithaca, NY). October 2012 – June 2013: LEED Coordinator, Taitem Engineering (Ithaca, NY). June 2012 – September 2012: Undergraduate Intern, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Washington, DC). Compiled demographic data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and FFIEC loan denial rate data and drafted maps for an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing in New Orleans. Skills: I have extensive experience with compilation and analysis of public programmatic and demographic data. Advanced skill with Excel; intermediate skill with ESRI ArcGIS, QGIS, and Access; basic skill with Stata and Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I am currently in a dual degree graduate program at UT Austin and expect to graduate with Master of Public Affairs and Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning degrees in May 2022.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Other (please describe)
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Disclaimer Signature Sidney Talbott Beaty
District District 1
Does this application qualify? Yes