Commission application number 219 submitted by Karen Swenson on 07/17/2020

First Name Karen
Middle Name/Initial Grace
Last Name Swenson
Voter Unique Identification number 1140177263
Ethnicity White
Gender Female
Age 65+
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Nutrition and medicine
What is your occupation? Physician
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78723-5444
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78723-5444
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name William
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial Kenneth
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Cauthern
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 am a business owner and physician. I use analytical skills every day.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I have been Chief of Staff for a hospital and been on peer review committees. This is great training for remaining impartial and neutral.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. Austin is a community of diversity that is comprised of people of different socioeconomic strata, race and ethnicity. We have a history of segregation and have one of the most segregated school systems. I believe we can come together and make balanced decisions.
Please provide your employment history. Obstetrician Gynecologist since 1985. I have started a business with a partner in 1985. I have spent time as chief of staff representing 2000 physicians, I represent my patients every day. I am on the faculty for UT Dell Medical School as an affiliate faculty. I still practice at the same address as when I started in 1985.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I am a skilled communicator, believe in achieving consensus and have a balanced unflappable personality!
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? redistrictATX.org
Disclaimer Agreement Checked
Disclaimer Signature Karen G Swenson
District District 9
Does this application qualify? Yes