Facilitation & Strategic Planning Expert
Austin is the programming and partnership director at EMBERS Eastside Works, a low-barrier employment hub in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. He has been involved since the inception of this pilot program, since 2018, and has been integral to the development and operations of Eastside Works. Completing his Masters in Community and Regional Planning at UBC, his interests include community and economic development, social innovation, housing, and mental health. He has over 10 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, with over 8 of those years working directly with marginalized populations.
As a consultant, Austin specializes in strategic planning, evaluation, facilitation, economic development, and graphic design. Through his work, he has built strong partnerships with organizations and institutions such as the Vancouver Foundation, City of Vancouver, UBC Learning Exchange, BCCSU, Raise the Rates, Spencer Creo Foundation, Atira Women's Resources Society, Portland Hotel Society, North Vancouver School District, and UBC's School for Community and Regional Planning.