Commission application number 83 submitted by Nuria Zaragoza on 06/09/2020

First Name Nuria
Last Name Zaragoza
Voter Unique Identification number 1143039438
Ethnicity Hispanic or Latino
Gender Female
Age 45-54
Education Level Post-Graduate Degree
Major Pursued Social work
What is your occupation? Homemaker
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78705-5310
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78705-5310
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Theodore
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Held
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 served for almost four years as a Planning commissioner for the City of Austin. My decisions were always based on data and facts surrounding each case. I worked closely with the City Demographer to ensure I understood the context and potential effects on the ground. My concentration at the UT Master in Social Work program as administration and planning. My brain works best when data and information is applied to figure out solutions to a problem.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. My core principle is fairness. Sometimes I’m comfortable where that takes me, and sometimes it creates discomfort, because it may or may not align with existing understanding or established thoughts. I have confidence in my ability to appreciate all sides of an issue and to arrive at a fair, impartial conclusion.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I am 48 years old and have lived in Austin since I was 25. I am a Spaniard, raises in Venezuela. I arrived to the US at age 15, not speaking English, being raised by a single mother who worked as a dishwasher in a local restaurant. Thanks to the Pell Grant I was able to go to college. I studies Social Work with the hope of helping other low SES families move ahead in life. I have a personal understanding and appreciation for diversity.
Please provide your employment history. Before having children I worked for The Housing Authority of the City of Austin developing and supporting programs to assist public housing families in becoming self sufficient. I worked as a therapist with youth at Gardner betts detention center helping reintegrate them back to their families post-incarceration. Lastly, I worked for Any Baby Can developing programs and supports for low SES families to assist their young children in securing the milestones that would enable them to succeed later in life.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. I understand the weight of the decisions that will be made by this commission. Giving an equal voice to the citizens of Austin is a basic right.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Newspaper
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Disclaimer Signature Nuria Zaragoza
District District 9
Does this application qualify? Yes