The LBJ School honored two of its extraordinary graduates on Friday, Sept. 20, presenting Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98) with the Distinguished Public Service Award and Rudy Metayer (EMPL '16) with the Rising Leader Award in a reception that kicked off Alumni Weekend.
An invitation-only crowd of alumni and their families and friends, along with current students, gathered to hear Metayer and Abrams talk inspiringly and at length about how their experience at the LBJ School helped shape their careers, their world views and the way they think not only about public service but about citizenship. (Full transcript)
Metayer (EMPL '16). (Photo by Callie Richmond)
reception on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo by Callie Richmond)
LBJ Alumni Board President Lauren Oertel (MGPS '12), who assumed her post during the board's meeting on Friday, welcomed the group and introduced Dean Angela Evans, who presented the awards to both Abrams and Metayer.
The Outstanding Alumni Award winners were nominated and selected by their peers, joining an exclusive group of LBJ alumni who share a desire to shape policy and the drive to become leaders in their field.
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The LBJ School honored two of its extraordinary graduates on Friday, Sept. 20, presenting former Democratic nominee for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98) with the Distinguished Public Service Award and Pflugerville city council member Rudy Metayer (EMPL '16) with the Rising Leader Award in a reception that kicked off Alumni Weekend. Full transcript coming soon.
Abrams was the first black woman in U.S. history to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party and won more votes than any other Democrat in Georgia's history. She served 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, including seven as minority leader, and in January 2019 became the first black woman to deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union address. Following her gubernatorial campaign, Abrams focused her efforts on preventing voter suppression by founding Fair Fight. She has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels, including Fair Count, a nonprofit whose aim is to ensure that the 2020 Census is fair and accurate.
at the Outstanding Alumni Awards reception on Sept. 20, 2019. (Photo by Callie Richmond)
Pflugerville city council member Metayer, the son of Haitian immigrants, is of the first generation in his family to complete higher education, earning a B.A. at The University of Texas College of Liberal Arts, an Executive Master in Public Leadership at the LBJ School, and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. As a community advocate, he has spoken and worked on issues ranging from teaching at-risk children, co-authoring an honor code for The University of Texas, helping forge a community policing partnership with local law enforcement and the State Bar of Texas, and creating pro bono legal advice clinics for U.S. military veterans. Metayer was recently named Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the Austin Bar Association and a Fellow to the Texas Bar Foundation.
Today @thelbjschool celebrates former Democratic nominee for Georgia governor @staceyabrams and Pflugerville city councilmember @rmetayer— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Sept. 20, 2019
at the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Awards. Their remarkable leadership has energized our community. AE https://t.co/jIc6TYFlQ1
On Friday evening @TheLBJSchool celebrated its Outstanding Alumni Awards, honoring 2 individuals who are the living legacy of President Johnson's exemplary public service: former Democratic nominee for Georgia governor @staceyabrams and Pflugerville city council member @rmetayer. pic.twitter.com/Vwr9jDwsl7— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Sept. 21, 2019
Our two honorees are purpose-driven. They aspire to what unites us, not what divides us. They reflect you, our amazing @LBJSchoolAlumni. Congratulations. We are so proud.— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Sept. 21, 2019
Outstanding doesn’t begin to describe the alumni @thelbjschool honored tonight. Alums like @staceyabrams and @rmetayer inspire students to serve and motivate us when we struggle through Pat Wong’s IEM #fridaylearningexperience pic.twitter.com/DA0iU6R8I3— ali bronner (@alibronner) Sept. 21, 2019
Was I crying? [star] for yes, retweet for also yes https://t.co/aaqP4HUtcg— Charlotte Gorman (@charagorman) Sept. 21, 2019
Last night I was blessed with the opportunity to hear @staceyabrams speak to the @TheLBJSchool about staying power and valiance —‚ standing up for what you believe. Talk about being in the presence of greatness. #mygoverner #resilience #eloquenceandthensome pic.twitter.com/MPYIMTnytj— Ana Gabrielle (@absurdlyana) Sept. 22, 2019