Stacey Abrams

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Stacey Abrams
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Personal details
Born (1973-12-09) December 9, 1973 (age 40)
Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Spelman College
University of Texas, Austin
Yale University
Website Official website

Stacey Y. Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District.[1]


Abrams received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Political Science, Economics and Sociology) from Spelman College, magna cum laude. She graduated from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin with a Masters of Public Affairs in public policy. Abrams received her J.D. from the Yale Law School.

Georgia General Assembly[edit]

Abrams 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.[1] Representative Abrams represents House District 89, which includes portions of the City of Atlanta and unincorporated DeKalb County,[2] covering the communities of Candler Park, Cedar Grove, Columbia, Druid Hills, Edgewood, Highland Park, Kelley Lake, Kirkwood, Lake Claire, South DeKalb, Toney Valley and Tilson.[3] Abrams serves on the following committees: Appropriations, Ethics, Judiciary Non-Civil, Rules and Ways & Means.[1]


Abrams co-founded and acts as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of NOWaccount Network Corporation, a financial services firm.[4] Stacey also co-founded Nourish, Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers.[5] She also owns Sage Works, a legal consulting firm, that represented clients including the Atlanta Dream WNBA team. Formerly, Stacey was Deputy City Attorney for the City of Atlanta, the youngest in Atlanta’s history. Prior to her tenure at the City, she was Special Tax Counsel at the Sutherland Asbill & Brennan law firm in Atlanta, with a focus on tax-exempt organizations, health care and public finance.


Abrams has published articles on issues of public policy, taxation and nonprofit organizations, including pieces with The American Prospect, The Christian Science Monitor, Yale Law and Policy Review, U.S. News & World Report and the Southern University Law Review. Under the pen name Selena Montgomery, Abrams is the award-winning author of several romantic suspense novels. Her novels have sold more than 100,000 copies.[1] Selena Montgomery was the winner of both the Reviewer’s Choice Award and the Reader’s Favorite Award from Romance In Color for Best New Author, and was featured as a Rising Star.[6]

Awards and Memberships[edit]

In 2012, Abrams received the prestigious John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award from the Kennedy Library, which honors an elected official under 40 whose work demonstrates the impact of elective public service as a way to address public challenges. Abrams has been recognized nationally 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. She 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, Outstanding Public Service by the Latin American Association, Champion for Georgia Cities by the Georgia Municipal Association, as Legislator of the Year by the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce. She received the Georgia Legislative Service Award from the Association County Commissioners Georgia, the Democratic Legislator of the Year from the Young Democrats of Georgia and Red Clay Democrats, and an Environmental Leader Award from the Georgia Conservation Voters. She was also Grand Champion for the Legislative Livestock Round-Up at the Georgia State Fair.

Abrams is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly at Columbia University on U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions, an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, an American Council of Young Political Leaders Fellow, a Council on Italy Fellow, a British-American Project Fellow, a Salzburg Seminar – Freeman Fellow on U.S.-East Asian Relations and a Salzburg Seminar Fellow on youth and civic engagement.

She is an alumnus of the 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.

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 from the National Urban League, and as one of Georgia’s Rising Super Lawyers by Atlanta Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine. She was also named one of “30 Leaders of the Future” by Ebony Magazine.

Abrams currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Agnes Scott College, the Boards of Directors for Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Atlanta Metropolitan State College Foundation, Gateway Center for the Homeless, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and Project GRAD, and the Advisory Boards for Literacy Action and Health Students Taking Action Together.


Abrams is the daughter of the Reverends Carolyn and Robert Abrams, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and is the second of six children.