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Alumni Spotlights and Events

Alumni Spotlights and Events

News August 18, 2022

Bird Runningwater, Chris Rodriguez to be honored for public impact during LBJ School outstanding alumni awards

The LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin has named the winners of the 2022 outstanding alumni awards: filmmaker and producer Bird Runningwater (MPAff '96) and disability advocate Chris Rodriguez (MPAff '12). The school will recognize Runningwater and Rodriguez on September 15 during

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Bird Runningwater and Chris Rodriguez
Feature July 27, 2022

LBJ School hosts 38 undergrads for public service weekend

The students see public policy leadership on the horizon.  
Their weekend at LBJ School offered hands on training like oral testimony preparation; access to experts working on issues of importance to Texas and the South (voting access and

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38 students visited the LBJ School for PPIA Public Service Weekend
Feature May 10, 2022

Brad Englert (MPAff '84) endows a fellowship for LBJ students

Brad Englert (MPAff '84) is an author, adviser and technologist, and the founder of Brad Englert Advisory, a company he created after serving for seven years as the Chief Information Officer of The University of Texas at Austin and 22 years at Accenture, including 10 years as a partner. He has played an integral role in helping UT and other institutions of higher education, state governments and private-sector companies implement strategic IT plans and systems. Englert and his wife, attorney Corliss Hudson Englert (MPA '86, J.D. '89) have generously endowed a fellowship for students at the LBJ School.

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Brad and Corliss Englert donor wall plaque
Feature May 9, 2022

Alyssa Goessler (MGPS/Middle Eastern Studies '22) finds her place in space policy

Alyssa Goessler has never been shy about trusting her instincts and leaping into new territory. "There's a small handful of folks, myself included, who would identify as space environmentalists," Goessler said. But there was a time when she didn't give much thought to space — until a chance encounter at the LBJ School opened it up as a new path.

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Alyssa Goessler
Media Mention May 4, 2022

President Biden Taps Nationally Renowned Criminal Justice Researcher Nancy La Vigne to Lead National Institute of Justice

LBJ School alumna Nancy La Vigne ('91), was appointed by President Biden as the director of the National Institute of Justice, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Justice.

"Throughout her distinguished career, Nancy La Vigne has dedicated her enormous talent to bridging the divide

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News May 3, 2022

CONNECT Community Showcase celebrates program impact in the community

On Thursday April 21, graduate students, community members, UT faculty and staff, and other supporters attended the CONNECT Community Showcase event at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. For the first time since its beginning in 2019, participants in the CONNECT program gathered to learn about the impact current and former CONNECT fellow work has made on organizations that have a data challenge.

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RGK Center Director David Springer and RGK fellows at the CONNECT event
News April 13, 2022

Alumni Spotlight: Pedro Conceição (Ph.D. '00)

In this installment of the LBJ School Alumni Association Board's LBJ School Alumni Spotlight Series, Special Projects Committee Chair Rama Singh Rastogi (EMPL '18) interviews Pedro Conceição (Ph.D. '00). Conceição is director of the Human Development Report Office and lead author of the Human Development Report with the United Nations Development Programme.

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Pedro Conceição (PhD '00)
News April 7, 2022

RGK Center event recap: Philanthropy in Communities of Color

On Wednesday, March 30, the RGK Center collaborated with the Policy Alliance for Communities of Color (PACC), a student group at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, to host an event exploring philanthropy in communities of color. The panel was

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Kendra Garrett, Tyeshia Wilson, Ruben Cantu talk about philanthropy in communities of color
News March 22, 2022

65 women leaders comprise LBJ Women's Campaign School incoming class

Today, the LBJ Women's Campaign School announced the 65 women who will form its third incoming class. The LBJ Women's Campaign School is a nonpartisan, issue-neutral program that trains women who want to run for elected office or become campaign managers, regardless of political party. The program brings together top political experts from across the nation to lead an immersive training program on topics including media relations, public speaking, fundraising, grassroots organizing and more. The program kicks off in Austin on April 29-30, with monthly virtual through November. Through the eight-month program, these women will gain an insider network, professional mentorship, and the skills they need to win.

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LBJ School Cohort 3 (2022)
News February 25, 2022

LBJ alumni on the ballot in 2022

A number of LBJ School alumni are running in primary contests for state and local office in 2022. One is a voting rights activist running to become the nation's first black female governor, three are incumbents seeking reelection, all of them have diverse professional backgrounds, and with this foray into public service they are carrying forth the LBJ legacy.

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LBJ alumni running for office in 2022