Kenneth W. Austin

Senior Counsel and Corporate Secretary


Kenneth W. Austin provides overall legal counsel to Wallace’s management and board, leads the refinement of the foundation’s strategy for public policy engagement and associated training for the staff, manages the legal affairs of the foundation and performs the duties of Wallace’s corporate secretary. Before joining Wallace, Austin was managing partner of ClassicManhattan, LLC, a New York City real estate firm.

Austin served for many years as a senior leader of several national philanthropic organizations based in New York. Kenneth was also a founding board member of govWorks, Inc., an e-government services and Internet provider, where he served as director of business development, corporate secretary and chief legal officer. He was featured in, an award-winning documentary on govWorks. Early in his career, Austin was an honors attorney with the U.S. Treasury Department and worked as a corporate associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell in London and New York. He received an A.B. in government from Harvard College and a J.D. from The Yale Law School.​​