When Randall Kempner, an LBJ School graduate (’98) and a 5th generation Texan, saw the Broadway show Evita as a child, he knew his life was going to be influenced by developments on other continents, whether he liked it or not. This realization led Kempner on a journey from Galveston to Washington, D.C. where he is now the Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of 200 organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. In this position, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging market small businesses, and developing standardized financial, social and environmental metrics for impact investment. In this Q&A, Kempner discusses the roll of business in international development and the biggest drivers of income inequality today.
The Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) is the highest honor the LBJ School of Public Affairs bestows on its graduates and is reserved for those who go above and beyond in their leadership commitment to public service. This year, the LBJ School is pleased to announce David Berteau (MPAff ’81) as the recipient of the 2013 DPSA.
The LBJ School of Public Affairs is celebrating the launch of the redesigned Baines Report as the School’s officially sponsored, student-led policy opinion publication.
The new webpage has a streamlined layout and an enhanced focus on social and digital media. The Baines Report now publishes opinion pieces, blogs and podcasts.
Daniel Sepulveda (MPAff '96) has been nominated by President Barack Obama as a candidate for the position of Ambassador.
Alumnus Robert N. Campbell, III (MPAff '73) awarded the Lyndon Johnson School of Public Affairs Alumni Association's Distinguished Public Service Award.
Former Deputy Comptroller of Texas Billy Hamilton on the State Budget, the Role of Public Service and the Value of his LBJ School Education
From the rising cost of healthcare to financing Texas’ public education system, there’s very little Billy Hamilton didn’t touch on during his tenure as the Texas Deputy Comptroller. Hamilton (MPAff 1975) is known in the world of public service as an insightful and compassionate manager. A long-time employee of the Texas State Comptroller’s Office, Hamilton answered over 14,000 employee questions in six years on his “Ask Billy” blog. A member of the third graduating class of the LBJ School, Hamilton has risen through the ranks of state government with a reputation as a public servant dedicated to flattening communications between employees and top-level administrators. Hamilton currently operates his own consulting firm in Austin. We asked Billy to share his thoughts on several pertinent issues surrounding the state of public affairs, Texas politics and leadership.
Recent LBJ School graduate Eric Borden is the recipient of a German Chancellor Fellowship and will be spending the next year in Germany working on a research project of his own design focusing on renewable energy.
The Climate Change and African Political Stability program has offered 82 students over three years the opportunity for field research in Africa, focusing on the role climate change may play in political stability in African countries. Three students share their experiences with the program.
In a project designed to expose students to real-world policymaking, LBJ School students produced sample briefings for the next presidential transition. The project was part of a course on strategy and decision-making in global policy, which showcased the blending of scholarly study and policy relevant exercises that are the hallmark of education at the LBJ School.
The 2012 edition of the Thinkers and Doers Summer Internship Blog has launched with 12 student bloggers focusing on policy issues for a variety of governmental, non-governmental and non-profit organizations around the world. From domestic criminal justice policy issues in Texas, to issues of poverty and outreach in Guatemala, these student interns will share their on-going stories as they develop the skills to become change agents in the world of public affairs. We invite you to meet our bloggers and learn about their various policy interests and then follow along as they describe their fieldwork.
The LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Washington, D.C. Program enters its second year with three new summer graduate courses and the addition of two new nationally recognized practitioners as adjunct faculty.
Former Governor of Colorado and LBJ School alumnus Bill Owens will deliver the convocation address on Saturday, May 19, to the 2012 graduating class of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
LBJ Alumnus and Vice President of the East West Institute David Firestein Delivers Talks on U.S. – Chinese Relations and the Role of Government in American Life
LBJ Alumnus and Vice President of the East West Institute David Firestein delivered two talks in March and April 2012. One focused on U.S. – Chinese Relations and the other focused on the Role of Government in American Life
Two LBJ School alumnae took part in the climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa in November and December of 2011. The Durban Climate Change Conference was held by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
John O’Brien Named Recipient of the 2011 LBJ School Alumni Association Distinguished Public Service Award
John O'Brien (MPAff '81) Wins 2011 Distinguished Public Service Award
Leading the Charge for Student Success: LBJ School Alumna Luz Hinojosa Assists Migrant Students Through UT's Division of Continuing and Innovative Education
It was a day of celebration for the LBJ School of Public Affairs-- a day where family and friends were invited to watch a new generation of policy leaders receive their diplomas at the 2011LBJ School Convocation Ceremony.
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs officially opened its LBJ School Washington Program on May 16.
LBJ School Alumnus and U.S. Secretary of Education Participate in Dedication of Education Department 'Official Tree'
LBJ School Alumnus Jose Rodriguez (MPAff, 2008), an elementary school teacher in Cedar Park, Texas, traveled to Washington, D.C. to deliver a Texas Live Oak tree to the U.S. Department of Education, which was dedicated on April 26 as the department’s official tree.