As the official LBJ School presence in Washington, the center aims to raise the presence of the school and its faculty within the DC policymaking community.
The LBJ Washington Center serves as both the Washington, DC, campus of the LBJ School as well as a new federal policy and research center in the nation’s capital. Currently, DC-based courses of the DC Concentration in MPAff and MGPS are held in the Washington Center’s physical facility.
LBJ Washington Center Grand Opening
On September 20, 2016, the LBJ Washington Center celebrated its grand opening at its home in the historic Greyhound Suite and Lobby at 1100 New York Avenue in the nation’s capital. Policy and political dignitaries, LBJ School alumni, members of the national media, and invited guests joined the LBJ Washington Center in honoring its principal supporters with a star-studded program featuring the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan; Democratic U.S. House Leader Nancy Pelosi; former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, Tom Daschle; and our own Dean Angela Evans.
Others in attendance included U.S. Representatives Gene Green, Eddie B. Johnson, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Marc Veasey. MPAA President and former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd; former U.S. Ambassadors Jim Blanchard, Lloyd Hand, James Jones, and Lloyd Olson; LBJ Foundation Chair Larry Temple; and LBJ School Advisory Board Chair Joe O’Neill, as well as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, also attended.
The program honored key friends and alumni of the LBJ School community with inaugural awards. Leader Pelosi presented the LBJ Washington Center’s Founders Award to Ben Barnes; Dean Evans presented the Dean’s Award to Robert Allbritton, POLITICO’s CEO and founder; Leader Tom Daschle presented a Distinguished Federal Policy Alumni Award to Carmel Martin ’94, the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress; and Speaker Ryan presented a 2016 Distinguished Federal Policy Alumni Award to his policy director, Austin Smythe, ‘80.
LBJ Night at Arena Stage
On April 12, 2016, the LBJ Washington Center, the Washington Area LBJ School Alumni Chapter (WALSAC), the DC Texas Exes, The Archer Center, and The Texas State Society of Washington, D.C. came together for LBJ Night at Arena Stage for a performance of the 2014 Tony Award-winning All The Way!
All The Way - It’s not personal, it’s politics in this 2014 Tony Award-winning drama. President Lyndon Baines Johnson had a way about him. He could massage a victory with one hand and sell you down the river with the other, but brokering a deal is like playing with dynamite. With the country still reeling from President Kennedy’s assassination, and a rising tide of bitterness over Civil Rights, it will take more than politicking to hold America together — it will take red, white and blue-blooded leadership. Go all the way with LBJ, Martin Luther King, J. Edgar Hoover and more in this “beautifully built dramatic piece” (Variety) where the line between compromise and compromising your principles is as sharp as a knife.
2015 LBJ Liberty and Justice Award
On November 18, 2015, the LBJ Foundation presented the LBJ Liberty & Justice For All Award to U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn and to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The LBJ Liberty & Justice For All Award honors the vision of Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency and the transformative laws that gave it life: a belief that every citizen should share in the benefits and blessings of the privileges and protections that lie at the heart of the American dream.
The LBJ Foundation created the award to recognize and honor individuals who, in their own unique way, have expanded the opportunities for all of our citizens and carried forward the legacy of President Johnson.
This year net proceeds from the award dinner benefited the LBJ Washington Center. The LBJ Washington Center thanks the LBJ Foundation for its generous support.