Bernadette Austin 2017

Position Title
Acting Director

Center for Regional Change

Wickson Hall 2019

As associate director of the Center for Regional Change, Bernadette brings extensive experience in community development praxis and public-private partnerships. Prior to founding a consulting firm specializing in community development, she worked for a private affordable housing developer, local redevelopment agency, community development financial institution, and nonprofit community health organizations. Her projects include Sacramento’s first true transit-oriented development, West Sacramento’s first urban farm stand, and the first project in the country to implement a federal program combining housing vouchers and health services for disabled adults. Bernadette has served on the West Sacramento Planning Commission, West Sacramento Parks and Community Services Commission, and the Policy and Planning Committee of the Urban Land Institute. She holds a Master of Science in community development from UC Davis and a Bachelor of Science in community health from St. Mary’s College of California.