Commission application number 91 submitted by Karen Nieft on 06/09/2020

First Name Karen
Last Name Nieft
Voter Unique Identification number 1176458909
Ethnicity White
Gender Female
Age 55-64
Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Major Pursued Fine Arts
What is your occupation? Human Resources Manager
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78717-3926
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78717-3926
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Peter
Spouse/Domestic Partner Middle Name/Initial J
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Nieft
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. In my position as an HR professional I frequently negotiate with insurance companies. This entails analyzing a lot of data from premium costs to coverage disruption. On the soft skills side I also often need to analyze information given to me by various parties when conducting an investigation.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. As an HR professional it's frequently called upon me to act as an Ombudsman in business situations. I mediate situations involving the company's CEO and General Counsel and other executives which requires high emotional intelligence. Additionally I handle employee situations which are fraught with emotion, ex: an employee diagnosed with ALS, an employee with a brain tumor, an employee involved in a car accident, etc.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. I love Austin for it's diversity. The only other place I've lived that embraced such diversity was Atlanta. Like Atlanta I've found Austin to understand that valuing diversity isn't about spotlighting it but rather looking deeper into people's content of character and focusing on the job at hand and the skills required to do it. Who can't love the hill country? Austin itself has such a diverse geography that when we have friends visit I drive them all over so they can understand the diverse geography just within the city limits. This is home to me and I couldn't be more in love with Austin.
Please provide your employment history. I'm an HR professional and have been my entire career. I've had the good fortune of working in an internationally diverse workforce much of the time. I mentor other HR professionals helping the next person in line. I have labor relations experience, both managing unions and being a part of the contract negotiations. I've led many teams - some as small as 1 and others of multiple departments totaling about 80 people. The details are answered above. I'd love to be a part of helping Austin and contributing to what makes Austin tick.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. Whether I am selected or not it's my hope that the persons reviewing the information are able to choose the people that will best serve the needs of Austin. This must be driven by folks who are acting altruistically.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Newspaper, Social media
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Disclaimer Signature Karen Nieft
District District 6
Does this application qualify? Yes