Mississippi-raised and Georgia-grown Stacey Abrams is currently running to be the first black female Governor in this history of the U.S.
Abrams was raised with her five siblings in Gulfport, Mississippi, where her parents struggled to make ends meet. However, Abrams says her parents still raised her and her siblings with the sentiment that if someone was less fortunate, it was their job to serve them.
Abrams and her siblings were raised on three tenets: go to church, go to school and take care of each other.
As a teen, Abrams’ her family moved to Atlanta so her parents could go to graduate school and become Methodist ministers.
At age 17, Abrams was hired as a speech writer before going to Spelman College, where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in political science, economics and sociology in 1995. Afterward, in 1998, Abrams was a Harry S. Truman scholar at the University of Texas at Austin. She attended the LBJ School of Public Affairs and earned her Master’s of public affairs. Then, in 1999 Abrams received her Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School.
Abrams has been a tax attorney with a focus in tax-exempted organizations, healthcare and public principal at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. She was the co-founder and vice president of NOW Corp, a financial services firm.
She also co-founded Nourish Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers. Abrams was also the CEO of Sage Works, a legal consulting firm with clients like the WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream.
In her free time, Abrams has authored eight award-winning romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery. She has sold over 100,000 copies.
Abrams joined the Georgia General Assembly in 2007 representing district 89, which includes the city of Atlanta and part of Dekalb. She has been a trailblazer in her political career by being the first African American to lead the Georgia House of Representatives and the first woman to be a party leader in the Georgia General Assembly.
During her time in the House, she has been on the Appropriations, Ethics, Judiciary non-civil, Rules, and Ways and Means committees.
She was one of the leaders when it came to reforming the HOPE Scholarship, which she co-sponsored in 2011.
Abrams founded the New Georgia Project, which submitted over 200,000 voter registrations for voters of color between 2014 and 2016.
Abrams is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has received recognition from the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Georgia), the National Urban League, Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood. She was also the 2012 Grand Champion of the Georgia National Fair Legislative Livestock Roundup.