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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

2007 Distinguished Public Service Award Nominees Announced

Graduates of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs are able to successfully apply their educations to work in a variety of fields. But some alumni go even further and are truly outstanding.

To honor these alumni, the LBJ School Alumni Association presents an annual Distinguished Public Service Award. Recipients' career and public service records must represent the LBJ School's values.

This year, five graduates were nominated:

Dr. Rafael Fernandez de Castro

Dr. Rafael Fernández de Castro (M.P.Aff. 1986) founded and now serves as the Chair and a full-time Professor of the Department of International Studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He also founded the Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos, which has been headquartered at ITAM since 2003. Fernández de Castro is an expert on the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States as well as on Mexican foreign policy.

Don C. Green

Don C. Green (M.P.Aff. 1985) currently serves as the Director of Budget and Policy for the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. As part of this position, he is the Speaker's financial advisor and liaison to the Governor's Budget Office, House Appropriations Committee, and Senate Finance Committee. Green is the Chair and one of three elected members of the Employee's Retirement System Board of Trustees.

Brad Livingston

Brad Livingston (M.P.Aff. 1991) is the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He joined the Department in October 1997 as Deputy Director of the Financial Services Division. He was became Chief Financial Officer in 2001, Acting Executive Director in November 2004, and Executive Director in July 2005. Livingston has also worked for the Legislative Budget Board and the Governor's Budget Office.

John O'Brien

John O'Brien (M.P.Aff. 1981) is currently the Director of the Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB), where he is responsible for day-to-day management and oversight of the agency, including preparation of budget and policy recommendations and analysis of the fiscal impact of proposed legislation. He has served as liaison to the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. Prior to joining the LBB, O'Brien worked for the City of Austin.

Frank Sturzl

Frank Sturzl (M.P.Aff. 1976) serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League (TML), where he represents more than 1,000 Texas cities before state and national legislative, administrative, and judicial bodies. Sturzl began working at TML as a research assistant and assumed increasingly more responsibility. He has also served as a board member of the National League of Cities, the Southern Municipal Conference, and the Texas Civil Justice League.

These nominees will be considered based on public policy contributions, community service engagement, demonstrated leadership, commitment to the LBJ School and its mission, and other attributes.

The winner of the Distinguished Public Service Award will be announced at a reception sponsored by the LBJ School Dean's Office later this summer.


About the Distinguished Public Service Award