Austin Shafran

Austin Shafran

In July 2011, Mr. Austin Shafran was appointed Vice President of Public Affairs for Empire State Development (ESD), where he manages the full scope of the agency’s communication with the media and public, including its message development and communications operations. Mr. Shafran also serves as the agency’s primary spokesperson, and senior adviser to President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. Before joining ESD, Mr. Shafran spent three years as Press Secretary for the Senate Democratic Conference, where he managed their statewide press operations and served as chief spokesperson. Prior to his work for the Senate Democrats, Mr. Shafran worked in various capacities in governmental offices on the federal, city and state levels, and as a media specialist for a private sector consulting firm.