Who Is Stacey Abrams? Everything To Know About The Georgia Governor And Fire Fight CEO/Founder

Stacey Abrams is a political leader, voting rights activist, and New York Times bestselling author. Read on to know about her.

Stacey Yvonne Abrams is an American politician, lawyer, voting rights activist, and author who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, serving as minority leader from 2011 to 2017. 

Stacey Abrams Profile Summary

Full Real Name:Stacey Yvonne Abrams
Date of Birth:December 9, 1973
Age:48 years old (as of 2021)
Birthplace:Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.
Siblings:Leslie Abrams Gardner (sister)
Parents:Robert Abrams (father)
Carolyn Abrams (mother)
Residence(s):Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
College/University:Spelman College (BA)
University of Texas, Austin (MPA)
Yale University (JD)
Profession:Political leader, voting rights activist, author
Political Party:Democratic
Years ActiveMinority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives – In Office (January 10, 2011 – July 1, 2017)
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives – In Office (January 8, 2007 – August 25, 2017)
Constituency:84th district (2007–2013)
89th district (2013–2017)

After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Democratic Leader, in 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, winning at the time more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history.

Stacey Abrams

Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States, and she was the first black woman and first Georgian to deliver a Response to the State of the Union.

After witnessing the gross mismanagement of the 2018 election by the Secretary of State’s office, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure every American has a voice in our election system through programs such as Fair Fight 2020, an initiative to fund and train voter protection teams in 20 battleground states.

Over the course of her career, Abrams has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels. In 2019, she launched Fair Count to ensure accuracy in the 2020 Census and greater participation in civic engagement, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project, a public policy initiative to broaden economic power and build equity in the South.

Abrams is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where she serves on the Subcommittee on Diversity. As a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly on U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions, she also served as a discussion leader, editor, and essay contributor. As the top-ranking Democrat in Georgia, she traveled to and met with leaders in South Korea, Israel, and Taiwan, and she worked closely with several members of the consular corps.

Abrams is a member of former Secretary of State John Kerry’s World War Zero bipartisan coalition on climate change. She has been a featured speaker at the Aspen Ministers Forum, the Kerry Initiative-Yale Jackson Institute of Global Affairs, the National Security Action Forum, and The German Marshall Fund, as well as a contributor to Foreign Affairs Magazine.

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She currently serves on the boards of several organizations including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the Marguerite Casey Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association.

Abrams is the author of Lead from the Outside, Our Time is NowWhile Justice Sleeps, in addition to eight romantic suspense novels under the pen name Selena Montgomery.

Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, she and her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi, and were raised in Georgia.