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Bernadette Austin

Executive Director, Center for Regional Change, University of California-Davis

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About Bernadette

Austin’s work focuses on community development, public-private partnerships, housing, community economic development, and public finance. Overarching themes in Austin’s writings include social equity, disadvantaged and underserved communities, and women. Austin serves on the Planning Commission for the City of West Sacramento, the executive board of the Sacramento District Council of the Urban Land Institute, steering committee for the Imagining America, and advisory board for Chill Sacramento.

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Bernadette Austin quoted on seeing people moving with wages from a different region and then purchasing homes not relative to the local economy by Sarah Parvini, "Wealth, Class and Remote Work Reshape California’s New Boomtowns As People Flee Big Cities" The Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2021.
"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.