Austin Matheny-Kawesch | Oceana

Austin Matheny-Kawesch

U.S. Communications Manager
Oceana Staff

Austin brings an array of experience in communications and electoral campaigns to Oceana.

Most recently, Austin worked in the Indiana Senate Democrats press office. Prior to that, he ran paid and earned media campaigns for electoral candidates across Northern Indiana, served as the executive director for the St. Joseph County (Ind.) Democratic Party while then-Mayor Pete Buttigieg launched his presidential campaign, and was a field organizer for then-Senator Joe Donnelly's re-election campaign. Austin was the communications director for the Indiana Young Democrats and will end his term as chair of the Young Democrats of America Environmental Caucus in August.

Austin graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics and minors in public policy and energy studies, while leading a number of advocacy efforts related to sustainability.

Austin grew up in San Diego, California, spending his time after school on the beautiful shores of La Jolla, Torrey Pines, and Del Mar.

When why he was excited about joining Oceana, he said that "Oceana leads on the most important issues facing our planet and future generations. The opportunity to help win protections for our oceans and our climate means, to me, an opportunity to help protect future generations from some of the biggest threats they are facing. Offshore drilling and seismic airguns are outdated, dirty, and over-priced, and I'm excited to join the fight to end their use in the U.S."

Outside of work, Austin (a self-described extrovert) enjoys coaching high school lacrosse, getting together with friends for meals, and being out on the water whenever possible.