Austen recently moved to D.C. from Chicago, where he helped to build young adult Jewish communities through Temple Sholom’s Makom. During his time in New York City, he was involved in similar efforts through the JCC there. He graduated from the University of Michigan and works as a business and economics reporter. In his free time, Austen enjoys exploring new places. He’s taken a train across the U.S. and walked the length of Manhattan! On many Fridays you’ll find him hosting Shabbat dinners complete with his freshly homemade challah.