Lisa Austin Bio

Lisa A. Austin – Executive Consultant

Lisa A. Austin brings over 25 years of demonstrated senior policy and communications leadership experience to Galvan and Associates. Over that time, Lisa has achieved successful outcomes in diverse governmental areas of expertise including Federal Appropriations, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Prior to joining Galvan and Associates, Ms. Austin served as the Associate Administrator for GSA’s Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs office. She was the lead representative for the agency regarding legislation, investigations, and inquiries and worked to advance the Administration’s legislative and policy program priorities through Congress as well as coordinated interagency initiatives.

Additionally, she provided strategic advice and policy recommendations to the GSA Administrator as well as senior Administration officials at the Office of Management and Budget and the Executive Office of the President. Her portfolio of issues included appropriations, oversight, federal acquisition and contracting, federal real property management and excess property disposal, cyber-security, and sustainability issues such as “green” construction and electric vehicles.

Ms. Austin served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA) for over six years. Mr. Baird’s policy priorities included his work as a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. As the Congressman’s chief policy and political advisor, she developed and implemented legislative policy objectives, communications strategies, and operating plans for the offices.

Prior to becoming Rep. Baird’s Chief of Staff, Lisa rose over eight years to become Director of Operations for Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD). As part of the senior leadership team, Ms. Austin played a key role in strategically planning the Senator’s press and legislative strategies during Senator Mikulski’s tenure as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee in charge of funding the VA, HUD and independent agencies including NASA, EPA, the NSF and FEMA.

Ms. Austin received her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego.