Alumni Spotlights & Events

Mauliola Harley Gonzales in front of the Capitol building in Washington DC

From the LBJ School to Capitol Hill: Mauliola Harley Gonsalves' Life After LBJ

April 3, 2024

Mauliola Harley Gonsalves, a first-generation college graduate from Pukalani, Hawai’i, has continued her commitment to public service after graduating from the LBJ School in December of 2023. As a Legislative Correspondent in DC for the senior Senator of her home state, Harley works to amplify indigenous voices and shape federal policy through collaborative problem-solving.

Graphic announcing Shamina Singh as the Class of 2024 Commencement Speaker

UT Alumna, Mastercard Executive Shamina Singh named 2024 graduation speaker at UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs

March 26, 2024

Shamina Singh, an alumna from The University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School, will be back on the Forty Acres on May 11 to deliver the graduation address to the class of 2024 at her alma mater.

Kristin Morton, a LBJ School MGPS graduate, poses outside of the LBJ Library with the UT tower in the background

Kristin Morton: Exploring policy frontiers with insight and impact, an LBJ School alumni spotlight

Feb. 28, 2024

Kristin Morton, a Policy Analyst at the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, shares the insights and impact learned as a Master of Global Policy Studies graduate from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. The Odessa, Texas native credits the LBJ School with enhancing her problem solving and public policy skills.

🎙️Remembering Professor Barbara Jordan: An LBJ School Oral History

Feb. 21, 2024

The LBJ School is proud to announce the launch of "Remembering Professor Barbara Jordan: An LBJ School Oral History," a collection of memories and first-hand experiences celebrating the extraordinary life and legacy of public servant and public policy professor, Barbara Jordan.

Brencia Berry, Political Director for the DNC, poses with Tiffany Jones Smith, LBJWCS Alum ‘22. Photo courtesy of The Network.

Women to watch from the LBJ Women’s Campaign School Alumni Summit

Feb. 16, 2024

The LBJ Women's Campaign School co-hosted an alumni summit on February 12th alongside The Network. The goal of the event was to inspire alumni to take on even larger leadership roles in their communities.

DC Graduate Will Barrett

Student Spotlight: From Policy Apprenticeships to Graduation, A DC Fellow’s Journey

Dec. 6, 2023

Through the DC Concentration, Will Barrett (MGPS-DC ) found himself in the rooms where foreign policy happens. He took LBJ classes at night and worked by day, notably contributing to subnational diplomacy goals at Foreign Policy for America and gaining insights into federal government operations at the Department of State’s European and Eurasian Bureau. He graduates on Dec. 9 with a readiness to change the world.

Cesar Martinez Espinosa headshot against burnt orange background

Alumni Spotlight: Cesar Espinosa Martinez (MPAff '05 and PhD 2013)

Sept. 13, 2023

Since earning both a master’s degree and PhD from the LBJ School, Cesar Espinosa Martinez’s career has spanned national security, resilience and business strategy. A few years ago, he founded his own venture, Intelligence Mill, to provide businesses and organizations data-driven research, insights and solutions. Recently, he orchestrated a successful statewide tour fostering cross-border collaborations and talent pipelines, leaving an important mark in both Mexican and U.S. business spheres. Here, he and his wife tell us more about his time at the LBJ School.

3 LBJ alumni headshots against burnt orange background

LBJ alumni lead in healthcare, financial justice and global security: 2023 LBJ School Outstanding Alumni Awards

Sept. 6, 2023

Alumni leaders in healthcare, financial justice and global security have been chosen for this year’s outstanding alumni awards.


Dean JR DeShazo shares his vision at the fall 2023 State of the College

Aug. 30, 2023
About 150 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends congregated for the 2023 LBJ Picnic on the Plaza and State of the College address on Tuesday, Aug. 29. Learn more about Dean JR DeShazo’s address and his vision for the LBJ School this year.

Leaders of tomorrow: Meet the LBJ School's newest class

Aug. 19, 2023

The LBJ School's newest class of master's and Ph.D. students landed on the Forty Acres for orientation on Aug. 14 ready to embark on their journey to public service leadership. The fresh assembly of 149 students comes to Austin from 22 states and 15 countries. Eighty-nine women and 60 men are enrolled to begin classes on Monday, Aug. 21.