Austen Hawk
Associate Research Analyst


Austen Hawk has nearly a decade of experience spanning emergency response work in the field, local homeland security and emergency preparedness planning, and analysis of local, state, and federal exercises and real world events. For four consecutive projects—three within the District of Columbia, she has provided on-site project team leadership and project support.

Hawk has served as the on-site project lead for several planning tasks for the Washington D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and the Department of Health -Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration. She has also served as on-site staff to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response -Division of Critical Infrastructure Protection, where she led the development of a training and exercise program and the coordination of healthcare infrastructure committees during steady state and response operations. Recently Ms. Hawk served as on-site support to the Washington D.C. COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center -Health and Medical Branch, documenting and coalescing key information for increased situational awareness and leadership decision-making.

Prior to joining CNA, Hawk supported the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, authoring a Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Guide for Community Members. She additionally served as a member of the local American Red Cross's preparedness, response, and recovery disaster action team for three years. While there, Hawk coordinated the volunteer involvement for all university students during four years of Mardi Gras first aid stations, and supported logistics operations and shelter management during two hurricanes. During this time Hawk also worked with the national American Red Cross branch in Washington, DC, where she executed the conversion process to a new three-year federal grant cycle for the AmeriCorps*National Preparedness and Response Corps, more than doubling the existing program to 22 sites and 122 members.

Hawk has a M.A. in public health specializing in emergency management and a B.S. in public health, both from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.