Commission application number 287 submitted by Viva Garza on 08/14/2020

First Name Viva
Middle Name/Initial M
Last Name Garza
Voter Unique Identification number 1133619038
Ethnicity Hispanic or Latino
Gender Female
Age 35-44
Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Major Pursued Ministerial leadership/ Spanish
What is your occupation? Student
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78745
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78745
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? No
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. Organization & communication are key skills used in teaching. At IDEA public school we used data analysis weekly to report changes in students progress. Reporting this research in our meetings was essential in each students success and progress. On a bigger scale we also compared how this data affected overall testing on our campus. These numbers were used to gain funding for the next school year.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. As an educator I’m forced to make tough decisions often surrounding students and families. These skills help me focus on the issue at hand.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. Having lived in Austin for over 25 years, I’ve seen the population explode. The demographics change quickly. I understand how quickly it is flourishing.
Please provide your employment history. Teacher substitute - AISD CoTeacher - IDEA public schools Teacher substitute - KIPP public schools Payroll associate - Southwest key Administrative associate - BKD Education has given me unique access into the needs of families on the south and east side of Austin.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I’m a single parent. This has never been easy but as an advocate for my child’s education, I serve on PTA and schools CAC board.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Social media
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Disclaimer Signature Viva M Garza
District District 2
Does this application qualify? Yes