Maggie Austen

Coordinator, Public Programs & User/Expert Lab
617-695-1225, x235 (v/tty)

Maggie Austen and her dog Bella

Maggie is a Boston transplant from Long island, New York. She graduated with a Bachelors of Art in Secondary Education and History from Gordon College in 2012. An opportunity to complete her student teaching at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester brought her to the city and she hasn't left. As a partially sighted person Maggie's lived experience primed her compassion towards her students and commitment to Universal Design for Learning. Since her classroom experience Maggie has helped organize a small theater camp for kids in Upham's Corner and supported the grassroots community organizing efforts of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) by serving two terms as an AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring, with Mass Mentoring Partnership, and working on their Development team. Maggie is a guide dog user (pictured with her Fidelco German Shepherd, O'Bella), who loves finding good places to play fetch, being outside, and asking good questions.

Maggie provides daily management of the public programming at IHCD headquarters and has a lead role in the management of the User/Expert lab.