Austin brings a unique combination of disaster and philanthropy experience to his work as manager of learning and partnerships at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP).
Prior to joining CDP, Austin supported grantmaking and led learning and evaluation at NextFifty Initiative; a private foundation focused on improving the lives of older adults. Austin’s disaster experience includes managing a shelter recovery project for World Concern in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew and contributing to research outputs for the Age and Disability Capacity Program that aimed to ensure older adults and people with disabilities are included during emergency responses.
Austin holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Colorado Christian University and a master’s degree in Development and Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University. His master’s specialization was in disasters, risks and shelter, and primary research included capacity development for disaster risk reduction and resilience in the Philippines.
Austin’s community engagement includes serving on the board of directors for Locally Haiti, a nonprofit organization that advocates for and invests in locally-led initiatives in rural Haiti.