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

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September 6, 2023
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Alumni leaders in healthcare, financial justice and global security have been chosen for this year’s outstanding alumni awards. The LBJ School National Alumni Board is set to honor these individuals for their exceptional public service and action-oriented leadership during an awards ceremony on September 22, hosted at the LBJ School.

Distinguished Public Service Awardees: 

  1. Peter McCanna (MPAff '86), Chief Executive Officer at Baylor Scott & White Health  

  2. Anne Stuhldreher (MPAff/MBA '96), inaugural Director of The Financial Justice Project for the City and County of San Francisco 

Rising Leader Awardee:   

  1. Drew Masada (MGPS '09), Deputy Team Chief at the Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction at the U.S. Department of State 

Pete McCanna

Pete McCanna is CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas’s largest not-for-profit health system. He has been at the forefront of advancing healthcare by bringing higher quality, more equitable, patient-centered care to communities for nearly 40 years. His bold vision for the future is focused on implementing a strategy that will improve quality and safety while also making healthcare more convenient and accessible. He is an advocate for the underserved and a connector in the industry.


“My experience at the LBJ School afforded me the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in public service.” Pete McCanna 

“My experience at the LBJ School afforded me the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in public service,” McCanna said. “One of those minds—my mentor Wilbur Cohen, the first United States Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. He inspired me to make a difference in the healthcare industry by dreaming big, collaborating, and remembering that healthcare is essential to the well-being of our society.” 

Anne Stuhldreher

Anne Stuhldreher is a pioneer in the movement to reduce financial burdens on people with low incomes. As the first-ever director of the City and County of San Francisco’s Financial Justice Project, Stuhldreher has led the way in addressing the unequal impact of fines, fees, and penalties on marginalized communities. Her innovative work has not only transformed local policies but has also spread to cities and states across the country.

Anne Stuhldreher

“The LBJ School prepared me well for a career of meaning and impact.” Anne Stuhldreher

“I’ve always focused on improving the life chances of people at the hardest edges of our economy, whether I’ve been working for governors, mayors, nonprofits, or philanthropic foundations,” said Stuhldreher. “The LBJ School prepared me well for a career of meaning and impact.”   

Drew Masada

At the State Department’s Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction, Drew Masada has helped to safeguard Ukrainian partners from WMD threats, evacuate Afghan partners, and deliver technical support during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the Government of Iraq’s fight against ISIS.


 “Building upon LBJ's desire for greater representation in foreign affairs, I call upon you creative, thoughtful, and hard-working students to consider careers as impatient non-proliferators.” Drew Masada

Established in 1989, the Distinguished Public Service Award is presented each year to an LBJ alum whose career and public service record best represents the values on which the LBJ School was founded. Past recipients include voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams (MPAff ’98), former Colorado governor Bill Owens (MPAff ’75), and former CEO of the YWCA Alejandra Castillo (MPAff ’98).  

 The Rising Leader Award recognizes the efforts of our more recent alumni who exemplify the LBJ mission of "improving the quality of public service in the United States and abroad at all levels of governance and civic engagement." Past recipients include disability advocate and nonprofit CEO Chris Rodriguez (MPAff ’12), Pflugerville City Councilmember Rudy Metayer (EMPL ’16), and former policy adviser for the Senate Armed Services Committee Rachel Hoff (MGPS ’14).  

Learn more about these exceptional individuals and their impactful contributions at the forthcoming Outstanding Alumni Awards event. 

Rachel Ciullo, Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations

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