Originally from Dallas, Misael moved to Austin in 2005 to attend Austin Community College. Coming from a low-income family, Misael worked as a server in Austin’s restaurants while taking classes. After ACC, Misael attended Texas State University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology. After graduation, Misael moved back to Dallas to help people get out of foreclosure during the height of the recession and housing crisis. In 2014, Misael kept a promise he made to himself to return to Austin. He now lives in The Historic Rogers-Washington Holy Cross neighborhood, where he is an active advocate, volunteer, and community leader.
In Misael’s current full time role at Indeed, he manages a team of business analysts, partners with stakeholders to identify solutions to problems, and leads collaboration efforts with multiple teams to solve company wide problems at scale.
Misael’s passion for serving underrepresented communities stems from his childhood. Inspired by his grandmother, who was the first Black anesthesiologist in Longview, Texas, Misael inherently understands the value that access to education, housing, and community can impart. Misael’s mother immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. Together, his mother and father – a native Texan – raised Misael with a strong sense of community, identity, and equity. Misael now pays those lessons forward. He organizes Community Engagement events for the Black Inclusion Group at Indeed to empower Black employees and help them find community. Misael has also worked on partnerships between Indeed and Huston-Tillotson to connect and prepare students at Austin’s only HBCU for the job market. The sum of his personal and professional experiences, along with a deep love and respect for Austin, drives Misael’s vision for a more equitable, prosperous, and thriving District 1