Commission application number 325 submitted by Timothy Diller on 09/08/2020

First Name Timothy
Middle Name/Initial T
Last Name Diller
Voter Unique Identification number 1132398506
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 45-54
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Mechanical Engineering
What is your occupation? Scientific Software Consulting
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78729
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78729
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Hannah
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial B
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Diller
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 have expertise in computation and analytical methods, with a strong focus in statistics. I taught a 1-week course in scientific computation at least 50 times in the last 9 years to students with a wide range of abilities. I am used to explaining complex topics to laypeople.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. In my current role, I manage an overseas account with many stakeholders from a different culture. I often find myself at the intersection of competing interests and have to find a common middle ground. I have a lot of experience working with customers who cannot exactly articulate their needs and opinions; I use a method of asking questions to draw out the root of a problem or need. This often requires me to represent and sometimes argue a point which is not my own personally.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I was born and grew up in Austin. I grew up near the university, where my parents hosted college students from around the world. In addition, my church community has been diverse, across ethnic and socioeconomic lines. I am anglo, but many of my friends in my youth have been hispanic and asian, and I spent many of my summers at Bartholomew Pool, during which time I definitely mixed with and made friends with a different demographic than lived in my north university neighborhood. I spent some years in New England for graduate school and then five years in South Carolina. On returning to Austin, I had a new appreciation for the diverse community I grew up in.
Please provide your employment history. I am in my 10th year at Enthought, Inc, an Austin-based company that specializes in scientific computing. For years, I worked as a scientific software developer, in which role I became familiar with many of the methods one would use to do statistical analysis. In addition, I have established a substantial network of experts who could be a resource in the methods of analyzing geographic information.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I’m very bothered by the partisan practice of Gerrymandering, and I would love to bring a voice of fairness to the redistricting process. I love to work in a creative conflict mode; I am open to changing my mind about ideas, if they are well-argued. I look forward to being an active and constructive member of the Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commision.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Flyer
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Disclaimer Signature Timothy (Tim) T Diller
District District 6
Does this application qualify? Yes