Austin Knox is one of our most enthusiastic volunteers. He calls Fort Wayne his home, having been born and raised here his whole life. He graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School and then went on to pursue a degree in Political Science at Indiana University Fort Wayne. Once he was done with his education, he decided to pursue a career in local government. Austin started out as an investigator at the Wayne Township Trustee Office, progressing to become a Deputy Trustee until he was eventually elected Wayne Township Trustee. His community service does not stop at the township’s office though. He also serves on the Board of Public Safety for the City of Fort Wayne, as a board member for the Fort Wayne Urban League’s Young Professionals, the President of the Fort Wayne Chapter of the Indiana Democratic African American Caucus, as his neighborhood association’s vice president, and he chairs United Way of Allen County’s Advocacy Committee as well as sits on our board. Phew! Austin is a busy man. When he is not busy serving his community, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He has recently become engaged to the love of his life and they are eagerly planning their wedding. He also is very much into sports, both watching and participating, with golf being his favorite.
Austin Knox has been chairing our Advocacy Committee for about a year and has sat on our Board of Directors for almost two years. Austin Knox is incredibly passionate about the work that he does with United Way. He explains, “Fort Wayne and Allen County have been my home my whole life, and it is a place that I take pride in. I see United Way as a major tool to help improve the lives of everyone in Allen County. Making a positive impact in our community is important to me and United Way is another avenue that allows me to do that.” Due to Austin’s passionate advocacy for Allen County, his attitude of teamwork, and his caring spirit we are incredibly grateful to have him as one of our volunteers.
Austin is optimistic about the future and the direction that Allen County is headed. “I wish for an Allen County that continues to become more equitable and full of opportunities for everyone. I wish for Allen County to become a community where we look out for one another even if that means stepping out of our own comfort zone” Austin states. Thanks to people like Austin Knox in our community, we know that Allen County will continue to grow into a more equitable and wonderful place for all people to live. Thank you, Austin, for your enthusiastic advocacy in making Allen County a better place to live for all.