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Austin Faison

Master of Public Administration

Graduated in 2011

Currently the Town Manager of Winthrop, a small seaside community of 18,000. Austin has worked in the municipal sector since 2012, with additional positions in Somerville and Brookline. He has produced multiple budgets; participated in Town Meetings and property tax override decisions; managed a staff of over 150 employees; and has run multiple departments. Faison has been committed to working in government from his upbringing in New Hampshire, where he participated in local campaigns and elections at a young age. He holds a BA in Political Science from Bates College, and a MPA from Northeastern University.

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Faison stresses the need for skilled workers in the municipal sector. There is a generational shift happening, with all of the boomers that are retiring, and there is a large gap in talent. Every individual pursuing an MPA should consider the municipal sector for all of the opportunities that it can present.

Austin lives with his wife Nneka, Princeton, BA; Columbia, MA in Journalism, in Holliston. They have two children, Zoe and Cassius.

Areas of Expertise: Local government, internships, first job

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