The Honorable Stacey Y. Abrams, GGC Commencement Speaker
Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives
Stacey Y. Abrams is the minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives. She is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and is the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives where she serves on the following committees: Appropriations, Ethics, Judiciary Non-Civil, Rules and Ways & Means.
She co-founded and acts as senior vice president of NOWaccount Network Corporation, a financial services firm. Leader Abrams co-founded Nourish, Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers, as well as other entrepreneurial ventures. Formerly, she was deputy city attorney for the City of Atlanta.
In 2012, Rep. Abrams received the prestigious John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and she has been nationally recognized as one of "12 Rising Legislators to Watch" by Governing magazine and one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians" by Georgia Trend for 2012 and 2013.
The minority leader has been honored as a Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, as Public Servant of the Year by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Outstanding Public Service by the Latin American Association. She was named the Democratic Legislator of the Year from the Young Democrats of Georgia and Red Clay Democrats, and received an Environmental Leader Award from the Georgia Conservation Voters.
Leader Abrams is an alumnus of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Atlanta and the Regional Leadership Institute. She has received the Stevens Award for Outstanding Legal Contributions and the Elmer Staats Award for Public Service, both national honors presented by the Harry S. Truman Foundation. She is also a 1994 Harry S. Truman Scholar.
Rep. Abrams was inducted into the Academy of Women Achievers by the YWCA of Metro Atlanta and was chosen by Womenetics as a 2011 POW! Winner and by Atlanta Woman magazine as one of its "25 Power Women to Watch." Other recognition includes Georgia Trend’s "40 Under 40" list, the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s "Top 50 Under 40" list, as well as recognition as one of Georgia’s Rising Super Lawyers by Atlanta Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine. She also was named one of "30 Leaders of the Future" by Ebony Magazine.
Under the pen name Selena Montgomery, Rep. Abrams is the award-winning author of eight romantic suspense novels, which have sold more than 100,000 copies.
Minority Leader Abrams received her J.D. from the Yale Law School. She graduated from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin with an M.P.Aff. in public policy. She earned a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies (political science, economics and sociology) from Spelman College, magna cum laude.