Alumni Spotlights & Events

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Alumni Spotlight: Jamie McAllister (Master of Public Affairs)

March 24, 2023
From an internship with a consulting firm to managing disaster recovery efforts at FEMA, this public servant's career journey exemplifies the importance of being flexible and exploring all options, reminding us that the path to our dream job may take unexpected turns. Keep reading to learn more about LBJ alumna Jamie McAllister's (MPAff 2010) career path. 
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The Honorable Jaime Lizárraga named 2023 graduation speaker at UT Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

March 22, 2023
The Honorable Jaime Lizárraga, an LBJ School graduate with more than 3 decades of public service experience, will return to The University of Texas at Austin in May to deliver the graduation address to the class of 2023.
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Alumni Spotlight: Samer Yousif (Master of Global Policy Studies-DC)

March 10, 2023
Samer Yousif (MGPS-DC '18) is the CEO of BLCK VC, a nonprofit that equips Black investors with the access, education and community they need to accelerate their careers in venture capital. He is a SXSW 2023 speaker on racial justice and the tech ecosystem space. When he was inspired to action, he said LBJ gave him the policymaking and advocacy tools to be effective. 
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Alumni Spotlight: Sarah Hamill (Master of Public Affairs)

March 3, 2023
LBJ alumna Sarah Hamill (MPAff '22) studied sex education reform at the LBJ School. Now, she is the founder of Birds N' Bees Box, a business focused on reproductive wellness and access to menstrual and sexual health products and services. She grew her community engagement skills while studying at the LBJ School - skills that she says are invaluable to her business. 
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Alumni Spotlight: Stacey Abrams (Master of Public Affairs)

Feb. 24, 2023
Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98) is a voting rights champion and the founder of Fair Fight. She served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, serving as minority leader from 2011 to 2017. In 2018, she was the first Black woman in U.S. history to become a major party's gubernatorial nominee and won more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia's history.
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Working at the Texas Legislature

Feb. 24, 2023
The regular session of the 88th Texas Legislature kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023 and will run through May 29. Sherri Greenberg, a former Texas state representative and the LBJ School’s Dean for State and Local Government, gives us an inside look and shares her tips for a career at the Lege.
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Alumni Spotlight: Jesús Garza (Master of Public Affairs)

Feb. 17, 2023
Austin City Council voted to name LBJ School Alumnus Jesús Garza (MPAff '77) as interim city manager.
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Alumni Spotlight: Irvin Ashford Jr. (Master of Public Affairs)

Feb. 9, 2023
Irvin Ashford Jr. is the Chief Community Officer at Comerica Bank and a 1994 graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. In 2022, Ashford was named one of the Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine. 
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Congratulations to LBJ DC's Class of 2022

Nov. 30, 2022
The DC Concentration aims to transition LBJ DC Fellows into the federal policy workforce a full semester earlier than traditional public policy programs.
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Bird Runningwater, Chris Rodriguez to be honored for public impact during LBJ School outstanding alumni awards

Aug. 18, 2022
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 R