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Jennifer Jones Austin Named New Executive Director

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies


"I am excited to join the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies as CEO and Executive Director. I look forward to building on FPWA's legacy of 90 years of fighting poverty hand in hand with community and faith-based organizations throughout New York City," said Jennifer Jones Austin.

"As someone whose career has spanned the spectrum of health and human services, and as the daughter of a minister and civil rights activist..I am thrilled to have the opportunity to marry my professional and personal worlds in ways that will benefit New Yorkers facing hardships."

Jones Austin most recently served as Senior Vice President of Community Investment for United Way of New York City. "Jennifer has done an outstanding job in creating and implementing United Way of New York City's program to policy business model along with building and managing key partnerships with individuals and organizations in all sectors to achieve demonstrable community impact on education, income and health issues," said Gordon Campbell, New York University Professor and former CEO of United Way of New York City.

Prior to joining United Way, Jones Austin served as the first Family Services Coordinator of the City of New York, a position to which she was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg in 2006 after four years as Deputy Commissioner for the City's Administration for Children's Services. "The Federation has made an astute choice in their selection of Jennifer Jones Austin to take the organization forward," said NYC Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs.

Jones Austin served as Civil Rights Deputy Bureau Chief in the Office of the New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and as a Vice President for LearnNow/Edison Schools Inc.

From 2000 to 2010, she was a member of the board of FPWA.

Jennifer Jones Austin is a graduate of Rutgers University, Fordham University School of Law, and New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School.