ABOUT THE PUBLIC SERVICE LEAD

Austin Price, Director of Communications for Community Health and Innovation, Highmark Health

Austin is a professional storyteller, connector of dots, and change agent. Throughout his career he has driven partnerships and built coalitions across every sector and every level of government, from City Council to the C-Suite of Fortune 500s, to the Executive Office of the President. He believes bringing diverse stakeholders and the public together to address tough, systemic problems is impossible without strategic and compelling communications bring the possible to life and let people see themselves as part of the solution. 

At Highmark Health Austin manages strategic communication for the organization’s strategy to address social determinants of health across their four-state service area and over 6 million members. He is also responsible for building partnerships with universities, community organizations, venture capital firms, school districts, and government agencies to change community health and drive innovation.

Prior to joining Highmark Health, Austin served as the PR lead for Deloitte’s Government and Public Services practice where he led all media relations for a 16,000-employee sector that generates over $4.5 billion in annual revenue providing services to 47 states, every cabinet level agency and hundreds of colleges and universities. During his time at Deloitte, he led campaigns that more than doubled year-of-year earned media impressions and helped the organization lead their competitors in share of voice. This included overseeing earned media and content sharing arrangements with outlets such as Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, The Hill and hundreds of trades and local outlets. 

Austin also spent four years in the federal government with the US General Services Administration where he led a team to deliver strategic communications across multiple digital channels to advance the priorities of the President’s Management Agenda. Prior to public service, Austin worked in multiple non-profits where he was responsible for designing and executing issue and legislative campaigns and learned the trade of public relations and communications, legislative strategy and fundraising. 

Austin earned his master’s degree in International Development from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and French from Transylvania University. In addition to serving on the board of PRSA, he is also a member of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited and recently participated in the New Philanthropy Leaders program with the Pittsburgh Foundation. Away from work, Austin fills his time and heart hiking, fly-fishing, mountain biking and creating general mischief with his wife and two children.