Future of Texas Award Recipients

2023 Future of Texas Awardee

Tiara Cooper

Tiara Cooper is an award-winning social justice leader committed to mobilizing marginalized people, uplifting their stories, and utilizing grassroots efforts to impact policy change at the municipal, state, and federal levels. Fueled largely by her own experience being handed a felony conviction as a teen, she answers the unwavering call to liberation through advocacy that centers dismantling historical systems of white supremacy, ending mass incarceration, and shedding light on felony disenfranchisement. Read more about Tiara here.

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Since 2014, the Future of Texas Award honors an extraordinary young leader whose work has made a significant and demonstrable impact that improves the lives of Texans. We value leaders working in a variety of settings– from the Capitol, the community, the classroom, and everywhere in between. 

Texas Legacy Award

Honors leaders who have dedicated their lives to strengthening public policy to expand equity and opportunity for Texans of all backgrounds.

Future of Texas Award

Honors extraordinary leaders 40 and under with expansive vision, a drive for inclusivity, and a remarkable commitment to systemic change for Texans of all backgrounds.