Austin Cawley

Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?

A: The Fourth of July! Since I was a history education and political science major in college, it's natural that I choose the observance that celebrates the founding of our country. 

Q: What is your favorite quote?

A: My grandfather always told me, "Work smarter, not harder." He was a big influence on me.

Q: What unusual food combinations do you really enjoy?

A:  Pickles and cheese. It's not a sandwich, though. I like to wrap kosher baby dill pickles in Clearfield white American cheese.

Q: Who is the most famous person you have encountered? What were they like?

A: As a long-time baseball player, I was excited when I met Sandy Koufax, former pitcher for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers! He was gracious and gave me his autograph. 

Q: If you had to pick a new name for yourself, what name would you pick?

A:  My middle name, Wayne. Not only am I named after my grandfather, but the name also reminds me of John Wayne and old westerns.

Director of Legislative Affairs since 2021

Austin Cawley, director of legislative affairs, serves as a valuable resource to members, legislators, and staff on legislative issues pertaining to senior services. He represents the Association at legislative hearings, member visits, and collaborative meetings with outside organizations while assisting with the development of our public policy and legislative agendas.  

Before joining LeadingAge PA in 2021, Cawley served the members of the Association of Builders and Contractors. In addition to his internship for House Speaker Bryan Cutler, he brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and relationships to the Association and its membership.