|Current Job:||Senior Policy Analyst|
Austen is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, where he leads policy planning for economic opportunity and growth in northeastern Illinois. He was the primary author for Prosperity recommendations in ON TO 2050, the new strategic plan for metropolitan Chicago. In a region with 284 municipalities and an economy slightly larger than Sweden, strategic planning requires transparent, collaborative partnerships with stakeholders and the public. Austen manages the agency’s engagement and policy analysis efforts on the intersection of economic and workforce development, inclusive growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, infrastructure, and tax policy.
Prior to joining CMAP, Austen earned a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University, where he focused on how state and local governments in the U.S. manage disaster risk and vulnerability. While at Duke, he conducted research projects with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Geneva, Switzerland and the Foundation for Ecological Security in Udaipur, India. He previously worked as a consultant and management analyst in Washington, D.C. with Capgemini Government Solutions.
Austen graduated from Georgia Tech in 2012 with a B.S. in Public Policy and a B.S. in International Affairs, concentrating on science, technology, and innovation policy. While at Tech, he served as undergraduate student body vice president and studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium.