Michael J. Austin is the Mack Professor of Nonprofit Management at the University of California School of Social Welfare, Berkeley (1992-present) and Director of the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the HumanServices. He is the former dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work, and teaches graduate students in the area of agency administration and community planning. He received his doctorate in organizational research related to nonprofit human service organizations from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work (1970). He holds two masters degrees, one in community organizing and social service administration from the University of California, Berkeley (1966) and the other in public health administration from the University of Pittsburgh (1969). He has taught at Florida State University (1970-76), the University of Washington ((1976-85), and the University of Pennsylvania (1985-1992). Prior to teaching, he served as a management consultant for the National Institute of Mental Health (Denver, CO) and as a planner for United Way Planning Agencies in California (Alameda and Santa Clara counties).
Over the past five decades he has served as a consultant to a variety of nonprofit communal organizations. His work with a diverse array of nonprofit communal organizations includes board development and management training, along with technical assistance in the areas of strategic planning, organizational restructuring, program evaluation, and marketing.
In addition to his work with nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Israel, he has served as a management consultant to local, state, federal and international agencies and is the author and co-author of 20 books in the area of human service administration, over 130 articles, and 50 chapters and technical reports.