Commission application number 94 submitted by Pablo Maceda on 06/09/2020

First Name Pablo
Last Name Maceda
Voter Unique Identification number 1186960089
Ethnicity Hispanic or Latino
Gender Male
Age 25-34
Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Major Pursued Biomedical Engineering
What is your occupation? Software Engineer
Submitted Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78704
Verified Address
City Austin
State TX
Zip 78704
Do you have a spouse or domestic partner? Yes
Spouse/Domestic Partner First Name Jessica
Spouse/Domestic Partner Last Name Shallenberger
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 am able to read, digest, and think about data critically, and with an open mind, or without any assumptions. I have worked in two STEM jobs requiring these skills, and according to performance reviews I've received, I excel at them -- specifically with data, but more generally as well.
Please describe your ability to be impartial. To work with data ethically, one is required to be impartial: seek to understand, not judge; place yourself in others' shoes and walk your way back towards your own point of view. We all hold biases, I am no exception. The trick is to recognize your own biases and keep them at a distance when deciding impartially. I'd say I've practiced this skill quite a bit, both at my job and through meditative practice.
Please describe your appreciation for the City of Austin's diverse demographics and geography. My knowledge of Austin's diversity perhaps doesn't run as deeply as others who have lived here longer. I can only speak to my own experience: as a student, I lived in west campus, allowing me to recognize the ebbs and flows in diversity that the UT student population brings when class is in session; while working in a cancer research laboratory, I lived on FM 2222 and RM 620, the furthest reaches of Travis County, and even there there's pockets of diversity if you know where to look; and now I live on South Lamar, close to the city again, giving me the freedom to explore and experience the rich history that Austin's different communities have to offer. I mainly experience diversity through food, and Austin has some of the best. Tumble22, the famous Terry Black's BBQ, the Tatsu-ya restaurants, Veracruz's tacos... if you speak with the owners of these places, they live and breathe food, but more importantly, culture. That's one of the reasons why Austin is the oasis of diversity that it is.
Please provide your employment history. I've described my employment history a bit in the answers above, but here I'll go into a bit more detail. From January 2018 to June of 2019, I worked in a cancer research lab called Molecular Templates. While there, my duties mostly involved performing experiments and analyzing the data that resulted. Through this job, my appreciation for data and the stories it could tell grew rapidly, causing me to seek skills that would allow me to grow in this arena. After studying for 6 months part-time at UT Austin's Data Analytics coding boot camp, I received my certificate and began applying for positions that were more data-focused. I found one such position at SpyCloud, where I've been working as a Software Engineer since July 2019. Time has flown while working at my current position -- I've been problem-solving since day one, and it's my time here that makes me especially qualified for this role. I can bring an analytical, clear-minded perspective to this position, which I think would be valuable to Austin's future.
Please provide any other information you wish to be considered during the selection of the most qualified applicants for the Commission. Hopefully, through my writing I've been able to express my love of Austin and what I can bring to this role. I believe this process will be essential to redesigning Austin for a better future.
How did you hear about redistricting/Applicant Review Panel? Other (please describe)
How did you hear "Other" option detail Colleague at work
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Disclaimer Signature Pablo Antonio Maceda
District District 5
Does this application qualify? Yes