Commission application number 308 submitted by Victoria Wing on 08/27/2020

First Name Victoria
Middle Name/Initial Grace
Last Name Wing
Voter Unique Identification number 1133112258
Ethnicity Self-describe
Gender Female
Age 55-64
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Masters in Counseling
What is your occupation? Psychotherapist
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78752
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78752
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Nicholas
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Dauster
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. 18 months working on the City of San Antonio's 1997 Comprehensive Master Plan, representing affordable housing and water conservation interests 6 hours of graduate level statistics courses, 27 hours of graduate urban planning at Trinity University, San Antonio (program focused on demographic analysis), 6 hours of graduate level classes in public administration (UTSA) Lifelong love of demographics and urban development
Please describe your ability to be impartial. At the city level, council districts shouldn't be partisan in terms of Democrat, Republican, etc. They should be geographically contiguous, as equal in population to the other nine districts as possible, and if at all possible, represent communities of interest, meaning downtown interests are going to be much different than suburban interests. Council districts should allow constituents of that district to be more representative than under the at-large system--we now have someone specific to address our concerns. (Thank you, CM Casar). When the City went to single member districts, we also lost the so-called Gentlemen's Agreement that appeared to allow two seats for minorities. Now, we have a greater and more racially representative council. That's my interest, in maintaining that representation.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. As a mixed race immigrant and refugee, I have loved how this city has grown to be more ethnically diverse over the 38 years I have lived here. I was so very pleased when Austin finally went to a single member district council system, because it meant that each of us could be more represented by our CM. It also created more opportunities for minorities to run for council and that is a welcome change. While it's been hard to see the inner city become less economically diverse and gentrify, it also seems unavoidable. I have been so excited by the development of Highland Mall into ACC and multifamily, the new City Library (so cool), better pedestrian and bicycle routes, and the efforts to preserve green space. I look forward to expanded public transportation, maybe even in my lifetime. In my own council district, I have witnessed Rundberg become a safer and more friendly neighborhood since the election of CM Casar. That makes me especially appreciative of what single member districts can accomplish for their constituents.
Please provide your employment history. I've been self-employed as a therapist since 2010. From 1993-2010, I worked for nonprofits, first as a grant writer and later as a mental health therapist. Every single nonprofit I worked for provided services to the impoverished. My experience working with that community means I have experience working with and advocating for undocumented immigrants, Spanish-speaking families, and adults and teens involved in the criminal justice system. I have worked in three children's shelters, including one battered women's shelter, so I also have experience working in the criminal justice system on behalf of victims of abuse. The importance of having elected city officials who understand those issues cannot be understated. In San Antonio, from 1992-1997, I was an environmental activist and employed in affordable housing. In both those roles, I worked closely with council members and the Mayor. San Antonio is a city where one's success as an advocate for affordable housing and the environment begins with relationships to community leaders and city and county politicians. It was through graduate school in Urban Planning and my relationships with community leaders that I learned how important single member council districts can be in achieving equal representation in city government, particularly through the budgeting and CDBG process. Lastly, I have witnessed the changes in Austin that came from the move from a six member, at-large council to 10 single member districts. We have a city council that represents the diversity of our community and it makes me so proud to be a taxpaying, voting resident of Austin.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. One of my major interests is urban planning, particularly as it pertains to affordable housing. As such, I read online magazines including Strong Towns, City Lab and City Journal. I follow social media accounts of AURA and the atxurbanists Facebook pages. I read two newspapers a day, the Statesman and the New York Times, as well as the Austin Monitor, the Texas Tribune and even The Austin Chronicle. I pay close attention to city and county politics and try to stay informed as much as I can. As a therapist, I cultivate being judicious and intentional with all of my language, and I'm good at de-escalating conflict. That last quality could be helpful!
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Newspaper, Social media, Austintexas.gov, redistrictATX.org
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Disclaimer Signature Victoria Grace Wing
District District 4
Does this application qualify? Yes