Bernadette Austin

Chief Executive Officer, CivicWell

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About Bernadette

Austin cultivates cross-sector partnerships to address the greatest challenges facing communities. She provides thought leadership on land use planning, sustainable development, social equity, and inclusive leadership. As CEO of CivicWell, Austin supports leaders responding to the climate crisis and its impact on their communities. She supported community-engaged research in her prior role as Executive Director of the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. Her research projects included inclusionary housing, gentrification and displacement, regional migration, transportation equity, and carbon neutrality.

In the News

Quoted by Sarah Parvini in "Wealth, Class and Remote Work Reshape California’s New Boomtowns As People Flee Big Cities," The Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2021.
Opinion: "Great Mothers Make Great Leaders," Bernadette Austin, Comstock's Magazine, May 6, 2016.


"Driving California’s Transportation Emissions to Zero," (with Austin L Brown, Daniel Sperling, JR DeShazo, Lew Fulton, Timothy Lipman, Colin Murphy, Jean Daniel Saphores, Gil Tal, Carolyn Abrams, Debapriya Chakraborty, Daniel Coffee, Sina Dabag, Adam Davis, Mark A Delucchi, Kelly L Fleming, and Kate Forest), University of California Institute of Transportation Studies, April 1, 2021.

Provides a research-driven analysis of options that can put California on a pathway to achieve carbon-neutral transportation by 2045. Finds that cost-effective pathways to carbon-neutral transportation in California exist, but that they will require significant acceleration in a wide variety of policies.



"Keeping Our Promise: A Guide to Evaluation in Sacramento's Promise Zone," UC Davis Center for Regional Change, April 1, 2017.

Develops an evaluation guide for the work being conducted within the Promise Zone. Provides evaluation options, tools and resources, and guidance on “next steps” to track progress over the life of the initiative. Focuses on continuous learning and improvement, evaluation can strengthen the effectiveness of Promise Zone activities and understand how to create positive change for residents living in Sacramento.