Commission application number 51 submitted by Lucas Artusi on 06/07/2020

First Name Lucas
Middle Name/Initial L
Last Name Artusi
Voter Unique Identification number 1132287819
Ethnicity Hispanic or Latino
Gender Male
Age 25-34
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Biomedical Engineering/Management Science and Engineering
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78704
What is your occupation? Product Designer
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78704
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Alexis
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Strong
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
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Other (please describe)
How did you hear "Other" option detail Reddit
Contribute or bundle one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in aggregate to candidates for City of Austin elective office? No
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Please describe your relevant analytical skills. I have a BS and an MS in engineering. I have coursework in statistics, as well as a strong analytical mindset imbued in me thanks to my overall engineering education. I also have extensive experience as a product and service designer, so I am very comfortable with the qualitative realm of research in addition to the quantitative. I am a healthy skeptic and believer in an evidence-based decision-making framework.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I like to aggregate as much information from as many different sources as possible when pursuing insights and new ideas. In my career as a designer, in particular, I have focused on qualitative research with diverse user groups who have "extreme" needs, contexts, and experiences in order to synthesize solutions that are relevant to them and not rooted in my own experiences and biases but rather in the experiences of users. I believe that making decisions based on evidence—both qualitative and quantitative—is an effective way to maintain impartiality, provided that those collecting the data endeavor to check their own assumptions and biases. Additionally, I have spent considerable effort to understand and identify my blindspots and biases. This is a continual work in progress, but I have improved my ability to parse out my assumptions and preconceived notions from the voices of others and the evidence at hand.
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Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. Austin is geographically unique in its position along the Edwards Plateau: the terrain itself—including the Lower Colorado River—has shaped the city from the rolling hills of the West to the plains of the East. The I-35 corridor has historically driven a North-South sprawl along the Interstate, but as Austin becomes increasingly crowded, we're seeing residents pushing additional density in communities to the East and West of Austin. I am proud to be an Austinite, but also mindful of our history, including the red-lining of people of color in East Austin. This has created vast socioeconomic disparities between groups, reflected in everything from employment to health outcomes to educational attainment. While Austin is becoming more diverse in some capacities, it is becoming less diverse in others, and this troubles me particularly in light of larger systemic racial inequality and poor representation of constituencies at the state and national levels. The increasing homogeneity of industry—and, thus, talent pools—and the pricing-out of other industries like entertainment only exacerbate this problem.
Please provide your employment history. After attaining my BS from UT Austin and my MS from Stanford University, I worked for two years at the design firm IDEO where I created products and services for the med tech, banking, and consumer goods industries. There, I learned the power of qualitative research and in elevating the voices of those who have been historically underserved by existing organizations and industries. After IDEO, I came back to Austin where I was the 45th employee of the Dell Medical School. There, I brought my design abilities to the spaces and services offered by Dell Med as part of UT Health Austin. Our designs took into account the population that Dell Med was created to serve: the historically under- and uninsured; MAP patients; undocumented patients; and the greater Austin community. While at UT, I was a professor in the School of Design and at the Dell Medical School, where I taught the fundamentals of design—qualitative research, needfinding, systems thinking, prototyping, and more—to medical students and others. Because of this and other teaching experiences, I am able to distill complex subjects and make them manageable, approachable, and compelling. After a year freelancing, I am now Head of Product Design at a local Austin company that makes software for public safety organizations. In this role I serve as both a manager and an individual contributor, and I have learned to balance the leading and doing components of my work while elevating the voices of others.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I am a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT-B) credentialed with ATCEMS, and I serve as a medic and ground searcher with Travis County Search and Rescue, a non-profit (501(c)3) wilderness search and rescue organization serving Central Texas and beyond. I believe strongly in giving back to the community that I grew up in and which has given me so much. Participating in the Commission is one more way that I feel I could contribute positively toward making Austin one of the best, most successful, most equitable, and healthiest cities in the United States.
District District 9
Does this application qualify? Yes