Master of Urban Planning and Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, University of Southern California; Master of Public Administration, Hamline University.
Austin’s interest in homeland security and emergency management stems from seeing the I-35 bridge collapse in 2007 and from observing the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Austin sees both events as resulting from are city planning issues, which he wishes to confront and prevent in the future.
Ten years from now, Austin intends to work in homeland security in the capacity of planning the recovery efforts of crisis management.
Master of Public Policy, University of Southern California; Master of Planning, University of Southern California; and Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish, Fisk University.
Seeing the environmental, social, and economic effects of Hurricane Katrina drove Desmian's interest in environmentalism, disaster management, and poverty alleviation. After graduating from Fisk University, Desmian volunteered for two years with the American Red Cross in San Antonio on their Disaster Action Team. Desmian seeks to treat climate change as the true threat to national security that it represents by designing communities and cities with that in mind.
Desmian plans to be the Chief Resilience Officer of a major U.S. city.