Commission application number 365 submitted by Tamara Voynick on 09/30/2020

First Name Tamara
Middle Name/Initial A.
Last Name Voynick
Voter Unique Identification number 1139705809
Ethnicity White
Gender Female
Age 55-64
Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Major Pursued Chemistry
What is your occupation? retired chemist and editor
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78723
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78723
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Paul
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial J.
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Saletan
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. -- My work as a chemist in a variety of jobs involved drawing conclusions on the basis of data analysis, mathematical modeling, and the use of statistics to determine whether differences in data sets were signifiant. -- I took two GIS (Geographic Information Systems) courses at ACC and learned to use GIS software to visualize and analyze demographic and other types of data.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. -- My training and work as a scientist has always involved and required the dispassionate analysis of data. -- My approach to all but the most personal of questions is rational and fact-based. In the workplace I have been known as someone who makes decisions and also manages people based on facts and data rather than hunches, personalities, or emotion.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I've lived in Austin since the late 70s, for the last ~ 35 years in University Hills in northeast Austin. We moved to this neighborhood so that our children could grow up in an integrated area. I appreciate the contributions that all residents have to make in our city, and try to practice "kind curiosity" when talking with others so that I can see what their experiences have been without overlaying my expectations or experience on theirs.
Please provide your employment history. LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamara-voynick-6894b39 -- I have held a variety of jobs as a chemist, including at the University of Texas, Texas Research International, and Abbott Laboratories. SKILLS include: Data analysis, communication of results -- For the last 16 years I worked as an editor and manager at HMH in the science department. SKILLS include: Editing, managing a team of 10+ people who worked together well and helped each other complete our projects. -- Current volunteer position (for 7+ years) as a support group facilitator SKILLS: Facilitating group discussions, making sure all feel heard.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I think the combination of my * analytical skills from my life as a scientist, * skills working with groups as a manager at HMH and as a volunteer * GIS skills from 2 coursed at ACC make me an interesting candidate for the Commission. LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamara-voynick-6894b39
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Social media
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Disclaimer Signature Tamara A. Voynick
District District 1
Does this application qualify? Yes