Center for Public Policy Priorities
Future of Texas Honoree
Once a year, we honor a visionary young leader who is working today to ensure the best Texas for future generations. The award is intended to honor an extraordinary leader who works in Texas in one or more of our policy areas, has made a demonstratable impact in Texas beyond the norm, has a background reflecting the diverse cultures of Texas, and is 40 years of age or younger. The winner receives a $1,000 donation to a non-profit organization of their choosing, and is presented an award at our annual Legacy Luncheon.
2017 Future of Texas Award
2013 MARY ALICE AND HENRY CISNEROS
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Celina Moreno

Celina Moreno is a San Antonio native and a staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where she has successfully represented DREAMer immigrants who came to the U.S. when they were young. Celina is co-counsel in a successful legal challenge against Texas’ anti-immigrant, "show-me-your-papers" law and in the Texas redistricting case seeking to protect the rights of Latino voters. Celina has been a strong CPPP partner on working to ensure all Texas children have access to a quality public education and to fight immigrant policies that are bad for families and the Texas economy. Join us on Thursday, October 12 as we celebrate Celina and former Houston Mayor Bill White at the 2017 Legacy Luncheon!

2017 Legacy Luncheon
Thursday, October 12
JW Marriott Hotel in Austin, TX
11:30am - 1:00pm

Past Honorees
2013 MARY ALICE AND HENRY CISNEROS
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2016 - Brianna Brown

Brianna Brown serves as Deputy Director of the Texas Organizing Project (TOP), which promotes social and economic equality for low to moderate income Texans through community and electoral organizing. Throughout her career she has worked to support, train, and challenge Texans of many backgrounds to reach their potential as leaders in their communities and in movements for equity and justice, in particular racial justice.

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2013 MARY ALICE AND HENRY CISNEROS
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2015 - Karla Quetzalli Perez

Karla Quetzalli Perez led the successful Texas Tuition Equity Campaign on behalf of United We Dream affiliates across Texas during the 2015 Legislative Session, which protected in-state tuition for non-citizen resident college students. Her advocacy to protect the opportunity for immigrants to earn an education represents the type of leadership Texas needs to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

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2013 MARY ALICE AND HENRY CISNEROS
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2013 MARY ALICE AND HENRY CISNEROS
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2014 - Cristina Tzintzún

The first Future of Texas Award was given in 2014 to Cristina Tzintzún, Executive Director of the Workers Defense Project (WDP), a statewide, membership-based workers’ rights organization that is winning better working conditions for Texans. 

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