Center for Public Policy Priorities
Future of Texas Award
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.
2019 Future of Texas Award
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2019 - Chris Harris 

Chris Harris is a native Texan, proud son, pro basketball fanatic, hip-hop head, and passionate advocate working to transform the criminal legal system. Chris currently serves as a Data & Policy Analyst for Just Liberty, a bipartisan non-profit organization dedicated to comprehensive criminal justice reform in Texas, and as a Public Safety Commissioner representing District 1 in the City of Austin. Chris has led and contributed to winning campaigns aimed at limiting racial disparities, state violence, unnecessary arrests, ICE detentions, pre-trial incarceration, subpar indigent defense and further investment in police and prisons.

Please join us in congratulating Chris and thanking him for his tireless advocacy to build a more just Texas.
Past Honorees
2013 MARY ALICE AND HENRY CISNEROS
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2018 - Morgan Craven

As of 2019, Morgan Craven, J.D., is the National Director of Policy at the Intercultural Development Research Association. She supports the integration and coordination of national and state policy reform efforts impacting the education of all students, including school finance, accountability, testing, private vouchers, the school-to-prison pipeline, and English learner matters.

Morgan has worked to provide resources to students, parents, and educators to fight for changes in their communities and has led successful efforts to end harmful juvenile curfew ordinances and to significantly limit out-of-school suspensions for pre-K through second-graders statewide.

2013 MARY ALICE AND HENRY CISNEROS
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2017 - Celina Moreno

As of 2019, Celina Moreno, J.D., is the president and CEO of the Intercultural Development Research Association in San Antonio, an independent non-profit organization dedicated to equity and excellence in education. IDRA works with school systems, institutions of higher education, and communities across the country to create education that works for all children, particularly students of color and English learners. Previously, Celina was the Southwest Regional Counsel for MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she successfully represented DREAMer immigrants who came to the U.S. when they were young. Celina was co-counsel in a successful legal challenge against Texas’ anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4 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.

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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Join us Thursday, October 3, 2019, as we honor Joe Straus as our 2019 Texas Legacy!

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