Commission application number 79 submitted by Christopher Cavello on 06/08/2020

First Name Christopher
Last Name Cavello
Voter Unique Identification number 1140951141
Ethnicity White
Gender Male
Age 55-64
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Engineering and Design
What is your occupation? Principal of Engineering Design Consultancy
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78741
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78741
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Vive
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial Faith
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Griffith
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 an Engineering Degree and a degree in Design for User Experience and Product Development. My analytical skills are required for my work, but a very large component of my skills is understanding user needs and experience. I started an engineering consulting firm in Austin in 2002. www.mixerdesign.com
Please describe your ability to be impartial. I believe I have an open mind and the foundation of my professional experience requires brainstorming with people of different disciplines and understand the concept of "yes and". I have worked with people all over the world and understand that all people have different life and cultural experiences. This often means that different people probably see things differently than I do. I'm a middle age white man and know that my perspective is colored by life experience and my privilege. I'm not ignorant of this and I am very aware of what my background means in the cultural context of different people working towards a common goal for our city.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I love maps. I use google maps to find things in Austin on the internet more than normal web searches. My brain is wired for maps, since I was a boy scout. I understand the basics of GIS mapping linking demographic data to geographic boundaries. I am not an expert, but I am extremely visual and I know different parts of the city fairly well. I've lived here for almost 26 years. My wife and I walk a lot of neighborhoods all around Austin. I am always noticing new corner. communities and terrains around the town. I love cities. I believe they are a source of unlimited energy and creativity. This creativity and innovation is not just in technology or business. It is in the artistic and cultural events, the wide variety and experimentation in culinary experiences, and performances of music, theater and all other types of media for expression. It also offers the possibility of many different business and service types. In order for us to fully enjoy the possibilities and potential of a city, it must be culturally and age diverse. Older people need opportunities to be engaged and share their unique experiences. People who have lived here for generations with different racial and religious backgrounds must feel included and a vital component of the mix. Young people from the United States and around the world must find this environment to be welcoming to grow careers and possibly families. It is a difficult balance to protect the culture of Austin and keep it vibrant and growing. These different communities need a voice in our government. Voting and how communities are represented is strongly driven by how boundaries are drawn. To keep a city great, all of it's citizens must have a voice. Austin is made up of many ecosystems and housing/building types. Larger homes on hillsides to the west. Pocket neighborhoods of the center city that have a distinct personality. Older apartment complexes peppered into inner neighborhoods and newer apartments lining higher trafficked roadways. Semi rural areas are still around with their distinct buildings and land use types. High-rise higher density building continues to cover downtown. The communities that live in these various areas are often relatively homogeneous in both racial and financial make up. What people can afford is probably the largest driving factor of the distribution of community and density types. Strongly associated with the affordability issue is the likely sorting of race around the city. This is a result of our history and current policies. Displacement and change is happening at a rapid pace and that is often not considered in decisions seeking optimal return on real estate investment. I get it. I am aware of what that means to real people's lives. Our city and its racial and age demographic clustering are being driven by forces that are not under any strong governmental or organizational control. Voting districts laid over this mosaic must reflect a balance of these various demographic, age and community types today but also with an eye to what they may be in the next ten years.
Please provide your employment history. Founder President, Mixer Design Group - 2002-present Director, Design Edge - 1996-2002 Engineering Manager, Dell Computer - 1994-1996 Designer - Lunar Design - 1992-1994 (Palo Alto, California) Principal, Cavello Design, 1985-1992 New York, NY) I have trained in Improvisational Acting. A major component of this is the skill of building on other's ideas and not blocking possibilities. It is useful because it helps me throw out a lot of ideas and not be married to any one of them and allows me to be open to the flow of the group's ideas and building on them. "yes, and"
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. Master's Degree, Engineering - Stanford University -California Industrial Design Degree - Pratt Institute - New York Studied Architecture for 2 years before Product Design Big Brother - Austin 2011-2016 Experience with many cultures from work and personal travel I have trained in Improvisational Acting. A major component of this is the skill of building on other's ideas and not blocking possibilities. It is useful because it helps me throw out a lot of ideas and not be married to any one of them and allows me to be open to the flow of the group's ideas and building on them. "yes, and"
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Newspaper
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Disclaimer Signature Christopher Cavello
District District 9
Does this application qualify? Yes