Commission application number 314 submitted by Camellia Falcon on 08/31/2020

First Name Camellia
Last Name Falcon
Voter Unique Identification number 1177112349
Ethnicity Hispanic or Latino
Gender Female
Age 35-44
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Operations Research Engineering (Undergrad); Public Policy (graduate)
What is your occupation? Diversity and Communications Consultant
Submitted Address
State TX
Zip 787571517
Verified Address
State TX
Zip 787571517
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. After studying Operations Research - a form of engineering that specifically uses analytics and statistics to optimize systems, I worked with data and analysis for several years doing performance metrics and process improvement. When working with the state, I have I have used census data and other large datasets to decide where to focus our outreach and other efforts. Finally, as a technical consultant, I worked with some of the off the shelf solutions (Snowflake, Tableau, etc) to process and visualize data.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. As a trained engineer and analyst, I have been trained to rely on data to tell a story rather than relying on a what I, or anyone else, wants the story to be. I feel that my work as an administrator of a local group has helped me with this. We often have several opinions on how to address a particular situation; my approach stands out because I focus on the rules and intention, and give a recommendation based on whether an approach will meet that intention.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. Austin is a unique place where we have always had a juxtaposition of cultures and lifestyles. It used to be the "hippies" and the "cowboys" which gave us our unique culture, and now it is the technology and government. All of this takes place over a backdrop of a rich cultural heritage that we should all be proud of. I have spent much of my time participating in organizations that serve to lift the stories of women, people of color, and the LGBTQIA+ community. I would be proud to represent these voices on the committee in a fair and impartial way.
Please provide your employment history. Slalom Consulting, Austin, TX DELIVERY MANAGER | 2019–2020 Joined newly opened Slalom office to help establish and grow the office. Performed internal, foundational projects, such as partnership management, brand management, business development, and training. KEY IMPACT: - Introduced Slalom to key members of Austin community; including securing sponsorships for high visibility technology forums and developing partnerships with nonprofit and government partners. - Developed and managed firm-wide partnership with global technology partner. Our program was the first of its kind and saved the firm over $900K in saved training costs and increased partner benefits. - Developed diversity, equity and inclusion playbook to understand current landscape, the complexities of work in this area, and give guidance on when and how to pursue relationships in this space. - Managed a blended client and consultant team to deliver a prototype for managing a national, multi- stakeholder sales product. Public Consulting Group, Austin, TX SENIOR MANAGER | 2017–2019 Managed project team of 30 people, serving 60+ clients across 3 states and $20M+ in client revenue. Worked to introduce emerging product line in new states, requiring multi-layered stakeholder management. Administered and managed contracts, defined processes, created templates, and directed implementation. Selected as member of senior management team, serving as defacto lead for Austin office. KEY IMPACT:  Recruited, hired, and trained data and operations staff. Developed standard operating procedures and automation tools to improve efficiency and effectiveness of product line analytics. - Grew team from 4 to 10 employees, centralizing all data and operations related functions. - Reduced completion time for individual reports from several weeks to two days. - Built custom IT solution for tracking project team members, travel, and expenses.  Stepped up to lead diversity and inclusion strategy across the enterprise. - Modernized internal processes, authoring interviewing procedures and supervisor training rolled out to entire practice area. - Formed company-wide D&I practice group, facilitating an online forum and managing events. - Mentored employees on inclusion best practices.  Drove key inclusion effort to support staff member during gender transition. Updated HR handbooks, crafted internal communications, and facilitated workshops on identity for affected parties. Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Austin, TX STRATEGIC OPERATIONS MANAGER, TEXAS HOME VISITING PROGRAM | 2014–2016 Recruited to manage strategic projects, including data management, communications, IT, professional development, and continuous quality improvement for state-wide healthcare program. Oversaw data collection, management, and reporting tasks incorporating design evaluation, contractor management, and messaging. KEY IMPACT:  Spearheaded program from start-up to steady state by establishing SOPs, business plans, and contracts. Recruited, hired, and onboarded staff. Accelerated impact from 18K children served to 42K (a 233% increase)  Conducted organizational assessment, meeting with program beneficiaries across the state. - Captured personal stories from diverse populations in urban and rural communities, creating a safe space to share concerns and struggles. - Targeted program design to meet identified needs and reformed approach to address areas of opportunity.  Customized IT solution allowing data from different locations/program approaches to be combined and eliminating double entry. Model spread to similar programs throughout the US. Seton Healthcare Family (Hospital System), Austin, TX STRATEGIC ADVISOR, STRATEGY TEAM | 2012–2014 Led strategic and business planning activities for two specialty markets (pediatrics and mental health), including managing performance metrics, structuring new business initiatives, evaluating opportunities, and analyzing competitors. Steered annual budget projection process for all related facilities and practices. KEY IMPACT:  Drove strategic plan for market segment in response to changing environment, collaborating with administrators, community partners, and physicians to accomplish shared vision.  Designed and implemented metrics to report progress to stakeholders and keep senior leadership engaged.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I am very excited to be eligible to apply for this important work. I wanted to apply before, but I had just moved home from Washington DC and was not yet eligible. I have previously served on a commission to address the technical divide in Austin and received positive feedback on my work. Currently, I am active in the Junior League and moderate two neighborhood groups.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Social media
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Disclaimer Signature Camellia Falcon
District District 7
Does this application qualify? Yes