Kenneth W. Austin

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary


​Kenneth W. Austin provides overall legal counsel to Wallace’s management and board, including serving as corporate secretary. In addition to playing a lead role in supporting the foundation’s public policy engagement efforts, he coordinates the foundation’s enterprise risk management analysis. Before joining Wallace in 2013, 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. He 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. In 2021, he was elected board chair of Philanthropy New York, a membership organization of New York-based grantmaking organizations.​​

Austin received an A.B. in government from Harvard College and a J.D. from The Yale Law School.