Alumni Spotlights & Events

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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.
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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.

Leading the Way: LBJ School welcomes new faculty to shape tomorrow's leaders

Aug. 18, 2023
The LBJ School announced nine exceptional new faculty appointments for 2023-24. With expertise ranging from data science and law to global geopolitics and health policy, this latest cohort represents the newest boost of human capital at LBJ to explore critical questions related to national and international governance.

LBJ School hosts 45 students at 2023 PPIA Public Service Weekend

July 26, 2023
The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, with support from the new Patman Center for Civic and Political Engagement, hosted the highly anticipated 2023 Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) Public Service Weekend July 20-23, a transformative four-day conference aimed at enriching undergraduate students and recent postgraduates from historically underrepresented backgrounds.
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Alumni Spotlight: Ian Pugh (Master of Public Affairs '22)

July 7, 2023
Alumnus Ian Pugh (MPAff '22) recently earned himself the lead for climate initiatives as a program analyst within The U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of The Secretary (OST). The OST oversees the formulation of national transportation policy and promotes intermodal transportation. Other responsibilities range from negotiation and implementation of international transportation agreements, assuring the fitness of U.S. airlines, enforcing airline consumer protection regulations, issuance of regulations to prevent alcohol and illegal drug misuse in transportation systems, and preparing transportation legislation.

Rural America’s business growth is rooted in surprising factors

July 6, 2023
Local banks, a diverse and young population, a significant immigrant community, and the availability of vital health care infrastructure such as elder care and child care services are the unexpected predictors of business creation in rural America, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the LBJ School.
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Alumni Spotlight: Matthew Randazzo (Master of Public Affairs ’03)

June 2, 2023
LBJ alum Matthew Randazzo (MPAff '03) was recently named Greater Cincinnati Foundation's next president and CEO. As the leader of the 35th largest U.S. community foundation, Randazzo will lead the way to implement initiatives that address community needs with a focus on affordable housing, economic mobility, and education.
Deborah Cartwright

Alumni Spotlight: Deborah Cartwright (Master of Public Affairs ’76)

May 25, 2023
Deborah Cartwright said her time at the LBJ School was "better than undergraduate and law schools." Among her many memories in the program was having a picnic with Lady Bird Johnson at the ranch on the Pedernales River where they discussed President Johnson's vision for the school and what Lady Bird wanted the students to learn from the experience.