Public to meet Chief Equity Officer finalists at Town Hall on Thursday

Mayor Steve Adler, City of AustinThe City of Austin will host a Town Hall meeting Thursday, Aug. 25, for the community to meet the candidates for the City’s Chief Equity Officer position.

Those under consideration will be introduced to the public at the event from6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

The public will hear presentations from each candidate and have a chance to talk informally with them. Earlier that day, candidates will be interviewed by panels of community members and City Directors.

Candidates include:

  • Parisa Fatehi-Weeks, Head of Community Impact Programs and Investments, Google Fiber. Resume
  • Veronica Briseño Lara, Director Small Minority Business Resources Department, City of Austin. Resume
  • Brion Oaks, Vice President of Health Equity, Southwest Affiliate, American Heart Association. Resume
  • Kazique Prince, Senior Policy Advisor & Education Coordinator, Office of Mayor Steve Adler. Resume
Feedback from the Town Hall meeting and interviews will help determine which candidate or candidates are then interviewed by City Manager Marc A. Ott. Ott will make the final selection.

The Chief Equity Officer will shape an office that will be focused internally on the City organization as well as externally on the needs of the greater Austin community.

The person will look at the City of Austin organization to identify gaps and disparities in services and programs and help create a plan for each department.  The Equity Officer will also work with community groups to help them navigate the City organization to ensure equal access to City programs and services.

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