Austin Finan is a Senior Vice President at Mercury in the New York offices. Specializing in Democratic campaign strategy and public affairs, Austin executes impactful campaigns for a variety of clients in politics and the private sector.
Prior to joining Mercury, Austin was a Political Associate at The Parkside Group where he gained experience in political communications, campaign management and elections research. Since then, he has worked and managed campaigns in New York and Connecticut at every level of government.
Austin’s experience includes Mike Arcuri for Congress (2006, 2008), Ed Braunstein for State Assembly (2010), Grace Meng for Congress (2012), Christina Ayala for State Representative (2012), Margaret Chin for City Council (2013), Paul Vallone for City Council (2013), Chaim Deutsch for City Council (2013) and Charlie Rangel for Congress (2014). He has also handled independent expenditure campaigns for numerous labor unions, including the New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council, 32BJ SEIU and others.
In 2010, Austin served as campaign manager for Democratic Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s winning campaign in northeast Queens (District 26). Though the district had elected a Republican to the New York State Senate for more than 30 years - and is represented by a Republican in the New York City Council - Austin ran a successful race and secured a Democratic victory on Election Day.
In 2012, Austin led an aggressive earned media campaign as communications director and spokesman for then-Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s congressional campaign. U.S. Rep. Meng went on to enjoy landslide victories in both the primary and general elections.
In 2014, Austin was part of a team that helped re-elect U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel to Congress for a 23rd consecutive term. Overseeing polling and direct mail, Austin was instrumental in pinpointing and pushing the effective messaging that helped the longtime congressman overcome his favored opponent, New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat.
Austin parlays his years of political experience into effective public affairs campaigns, executing strategic media and grassroots tactics for a variety of clients in highly regulated industries.
A graduate of Hamilton College in upstate New York, Austin received his B.A. in Government.