David Austin was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y. and attended Oberlin College in Ohio. After graduating with a degree in English, he moved to Portland and worked as a reporter at The Oregonian for 22 years. He covered local government, politics, the police beat and the environment.
He joined Multnomah County in 2008, handling communications for the Department of County Human Services and later for the Chair’s Office. In 2010, he was named Communications Director for the county.
David and his team work with the Board of Commissioners, administrators and county departments to figure out the best ways to show the taxpayers how their dollars are being spent.
“I do this because the county’s mission of helping others is so important,” Dave says. “I get to meet a lot of new people every day. I get to work with a great team. And we get to show, not tell, people how and why the county makes a difference.”
When he’s not at the office, you can find Dave in the newsroom of Grant High School’s award-winning publication, Grant Magazine. As the volunteer instructor, he works closely with students to put together an issue every month. He also loves running and playing basketball to keep fit. Dave is married and has two kids in college. He also has an energetic dachshund named Baxter.