Magalie Desroches Austin serves as Chief Diversity and Industry Relations Officer with the New York City Department of Design and Construction where she is responsible for creating innovative solutions to increase contract opportunities for minorities and women with the agency and serves as a liaison between members of the industry and the agency, promoting the reputation of the agency through outreach efforts. Prior to joining the Department of Design and Construction, Ms. Austin served as a partner in The Austin Firm, PL, which she co-founded, providing legal and consulting services to individuals and entities working on Haiti’s post-earthquake redevelopment. Before establishing her own firm, Ms. Austin was the Executive Director of Konbit for Haiti, a diaspora engagement organization that was formed in the immediate aftermath of the January 12, 2010, earthquake. Konbit for Haiti served as a bridge between Haitians living abroad and their homeland during a most crucial time. Ms. Austin began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Okla T. Jones in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, where she had the distinct opportunity to be a part of the very first tobacco class certification trial. She subsequently went on to become the Dean of Admissions at the University of Illinois College of Law where she raised the median LSAT and GPA while increasing the diversity of the class. She then headed the diversity program at the University of Illinois College of Engineering where she created and implemented a program to increase diversity in STEM related fields at the high school, college, graduate and faculty levels. Ms. Austin is a graduate of St John’s Universityand Tulane University Law School.