Selena Xie
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Austin/Travis County EMS, Clinical Specialist

Selena Xie is fighting for the dignity of all emergency medical service workers through her position on the executive board of Austin Travis County EMS Employees Association, CWA Local 6914. She has fought for competitive wages, a safe work environment, and improvements to the lives of medics.

Originally from Dallas, TX, she moved to Massachusetts to attend Amherst College where she majored in Economics and Political Science. While at Amherst, she fought for working people's rights through Students for Corporate and Social Responsibility and Global Rights of Women. While in college, she lived in a Habitat for Humanity volunteer camp with locals to drive economic development in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina by gutting houses, providing residents with cleaning supplies, and fulfilling needs through other programs. She also studied at Trinity College in Dublin focusing on international development. Additionally, she taught as an eighth grade English teacher at Summerbridge, a program working to narrow the opportunity gap for under-resourced students.

She moved to Austin after college to work as an Americorps VISTA member at Texas Impact tracking disaster relief bills after Hurricane Harvey. She continued to work at Texas Impact on a suite of bills regulating the payday lending industry and with a coalition of organizations fighting for good food policy that ensures access to nutritious foods for all Texans all year round.

She decided to go back to direct service as a medic with Austin-Travis County EMS. She was immediately interested in union advocacy and has been active on their bargaining committee and on the executive board to improve the lives of medics. She has enhanced her medical practice with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is also a nurse at Dell Seton Medical Center's Surgical ICU.

Through her diverse set of experiences, she hopes to elevate the emergency medical services profession and show what excellent service EMS provides to the community