Eileen Austria grew up in the Dayton area where she graduated from Alter High School and the University of Dayton. Her drive to compete at the high school and college level in athletics combined with her passion for public service and politics have resulted in her successful consulting career.
More specifically, while studying Political Science and Business Management at the University of Dayton, Mrs. Austria founded the College Republican Club, which recruited students to work with area candidates’ campaigns at a grassroots level. Upon graduating Cum Laude in 1981, Eileen was selected for the Ohio Legislative Fellowship Program in Columbus—a highly regarded and competitive program. Upon completion of the Fellowship, Eileen pursued her career in politics as a Legislative Aide for State Senator Dave Hobson of Springfield.
After several years of service to Senator Hobson, Eileen returned to Dayton where she worked in event management and marketing with the private motivational company, The Carlson Marketing Group, thereby expanding her professional network. In 1991, Mrs. Austria returned to the public sector as the District Director for now U.S. Congressman Dave Hobson, and served in this capacity for 17 years; one of the longest serving District Directors for a Congressional office in the nation.
Upon Congressman Hobson's retirement and election of Eileen's husband, Steve Austria, to Congress in 2008, Eileen continued to follow her passion of making things happen by connecting the dots and most importantly, people. She founded EFA Solutions, LLC in 2008. Through EFA Solutions, she helps various clients with their marketing, business strategies, and educational and workforce development needs while focusing on delivering results with honesty, integrity and hard work.
Eileen's passion for encouraging the next generation of outstanding public servants and her commitment to her alma mater, University of Dayton, led to her development of the University of Dayton Statehouse Civic Scholars Program in 2011. This program takes place every summer in Columbus, Ohio. Modeled after the highly regarded bi-partisan LSC Fellowship, the goal of the program is to build awareness about professional opportunities in state government among the best and brightest University of Dayton students through a live/work/community 8-week fellowship in highly prominent offices in and around the statehouse. University of Dayton alumni and friends of the University complete the experience for the students through their mentoring and networking sessions.
Eileen's unique life experiences in both the public and private sectors; as a Congressional spouse; and as the mother of three sons, ages 18-24, provides her clients with valuable connections and lessons learned. Additionally, she and her husband, Steve Austria have been active supporters of their schools, athletics and community in many different ways. They were honored to receive the highly regarded E.G. Shaw Community Leader Award in 2012 presented by the Beavercreek Chamber of Commerce. They also served as the honorary co-chairs of the successful Greene County MRDD levy renewal campaign in 2013.
Eileen Austria (Left), Brian Austria (Middle), and Steve Austria(Right)
Steve Austria and Eileen Austria Christmas 2012
University of Dayton