Commission application number 253 submitted by Leticia Hinojosa on 08/03/2020

First Name Leticia
Middle Name/Initial C.
Last Name Hinojosa
Voter Unique Identification number 1097786422
Ethnicity Hispanic or Latino
Gender Female
Age 65+
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Public School Administration (PHD)
What is your occupation? retired education administrator
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78747
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78747
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Eugenio
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial R.
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Hinojosa, Jr.
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. As an educator/administrator I worked within diverse communities - ethnicity, level of education, income, and culture. I have worked with children and parents from age groups starting at 6 weeks old to under graduates in college. I have worked in the private and public sectors at the district, city, state and national levels. One of my strengths is to turn a situation from a downward spine, in the red, and below standards to a growing organization that is in the black budget wise and recognized for its quality and success. This is evident in turning a low performing school to a National Blue Ribbon School, taking an enterprise in the red at Eanes ISD and bringing it into a black financial status and assisting low performing school through professional development.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I have hired many people to work with me in many capacities. I look for diversity - gender, level of expertise and education, and social status.I hired many gays and Blacks because they were qualified and brought new ideas and ways of addressing the issues and work. I had the only Vietnamese program in the district and housed many special education programs when I was a principal. As Ass't. Commissioner of Higher Ed. I worked with private and public colleges and university staff. I worked with affluent and under privileged communities. I spoke Spanish when necessary.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. There is still a lone way to go in the City's diversity. BUT, much improvement and growth has happened since I first arrived in 1972. There are more women, people of color and sexual orientation. The fact that this commission is being constructed to guide the future of Austin is a great thing!
Please provide your employment history. I started as a bilingual teacher, instructional coordinator and assistant principal. I served as the AISD Communications Director when it was going through desegregation in the late 70's. I was assigned to a low performing school as principal. I worked hard in organizing, hiring the right staff and putting into place many procedures to turn the school around. It was recognized a a National Blue Ribbon School. I later moved to El Paso and worked with 12 school districts and their administrator in Region 19 as the Director of Administrative Leadership. During this time I was completing my PH.D. at The University of Texas. I returned to Austin as Ass't Commissioner for Higher Education from which I retired. I was bored at home and felt I still had much more to offer, so I worked at Eanes as the Community Education Director until 2016.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I was appointed to the StateBoard of Educator Certification. I served at the national level for the National Blue Ribbon Program. I was recognized by my peers in 1997 as Administrator of the Year. The Texas Education Agency recognized my school as an instructional outstanding school for low income students.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Newspaper
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Disclaimer Signature Leticia C. Hinojosa
District District 5
Does this application qualify? Yes