Former Executive Director with National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA)
With a persuasive and passionate communication style and a keen ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures, Austin is able to effectively collaborate with diverse groups of people. Since earning a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University in 1997, Austin has served as both a mediator of complex land-use and public lands management cases across the western United States and as the president of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) from 2012 until 2019. While with NICA, Austin oversaw the growth of high school mountain biking from its Northern California roots to a national movement, now replicated in 31 states. Under his leadership, initiatives such as the Teen Trail Corps, sowing the seeds for future land stewards and volunteers, were developed and have grown with the potential to have a significant national impact.
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