Austin Aspires is an independent 501(c) 3 non profit organization, created by the Vision 2020 Education Leaders committee, launching in 2014 to improve educational outcomes for all students in Austin. 


Austin Aspires is directed by a board of community volunteers and funded by Hormel Foods Corporation, The Hormel Foundation and Mayo Clinic Health System - Albert Lea Austin. 


​The Austin Public Schools, Pacelli Catholic Schools and Riverland Community College are participating partners in Austin Aspires.

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​​​Gema Alvarado - Director

John Engelstad - Assistant Secretary-Treasurer

LeeAnn Ettinger - President

Jana Haynes - Secretary-Treasurer

Craig Johnson - Director

Chad Sayles - Vice President​​

who we are

​Education support through collective impact


​​​​ ​​Jennifer Lawhead​, Executive Director