Commission application number 288 submitted by Isa Boonto-Zarifis on 08/14/2020

First Name Isa
Last Name Boonto-Zarifis
Voter Unique Identification number 1130984233
Ethnicity Asian
Gender Non-binary
Age 45-54
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Fine Arts
What is your occupation? Educator/Artist
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78758
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78758
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Ken
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial A
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Zarifis
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’m certified as a Special Education, Language Arts and Visual Arts teacher. I regularly look at data, other work related documents, and anecdotal observations in order to utilize them to help improve student learning objectives. I also graduated with my MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019 where being analytical is absolutely promoted with everything we do, study or research.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I am a public school educator and understand the value of ethics in my work. Redistricting of boundaries are important as it affects equity in schools city wide. I am also a Co-President of the North Austin Civic Association where our mission is to improve the quality of life for all. I’m interested in serving on this Commission to help ensure the 2021 redistricting is in the best interest of and is representative of all our communities.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I’ve called Austin home since 2002. I’ve always appreciated the diversity and unique characteristics of each area across the city. I’ve lived Downtown, South Austin and currently live in North Austin. When I first moved here, I thought everything would be dusty and dry, but was surprised to see all the lush Greenbelt, the swimming holes, and hill country. Austin is a great place for me to raise my three children because of it’s diversity.
Please provide your employment history. Artist Teacher - AISD Licensed Home Child Care Provider with DFPS
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I studied the work Sir David Frank Adjaye, OBE RA, a British Ghanaian architect while in grad school. I also met him at Ruby City in San Antonio where he gave a lecture on planning and urbanism. The following is an excerpt from his website that encapsulates and align with what I believe this Commission is seeking to accomplish in 2021. “Adjaye’s vision is one that promotes multiple interpretations of the civic experience. The approach to urban development is driven by the human-scaled complexities of urban living in parallel with the driving forces of topography, geography and climate. The celebration of difference that lies at the heart of the practice’s architecture feeds into its masterplanning projects – whether school and university campuses, re-developed urban quarters or entirely new cities. The work avoids monolithic statements and the use of utility logics to organise urban frameworks. Rather, it is dominated by the experience of transition, the possibility for capturing memory and meaning and the constant striving for an organic quality that can shift to express the sense of the city as a constantly evolving organism. Adjaye’s ability to navigate many forms of knowledge – from science, engineering and environment to artistic intervention or community involvement – is key to the masterplanning methodology.“
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Mail
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Disclaimer Signature Isa Boonto-Zarifis
District District 4
Does this application qualify? Yes