Colin Austin

Colin Austin
Colin Austin

Colin designs and manages projects related to career advancement for low-wage workers. He also conducts research on the changing Southern economy and workforce readiness, with a particular focus on immigrant labor. Colin leads a learning network of community colleges that are adopting the Center for Working Families® approach to help low-income students achieve financial stability, stay in school, and move up the economic ladder. Colin also directs a U.S. Department of Labor “Pathways out of Poverty” grant for green job training. Colin has experience as an outreach worker to farmworker labor camps, a coordinator of an environmental justice project, and a research manager for a community development corporation. At MDC, Colin has authored several reports and assessments of workforce systems at the local, state, and regional level. Colin participated in the national Sector Skills Academy as a Marano Fellow.

Educational background: Spanish, law, city and regional planning (Brigham Young University, Duke University School of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
Workshop: The Working Families Success Network: A Growing Strategy for Building Economic Security