Stacey Y. Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th District.
Growing up in Mississippi, her parents taught her and her five siblings that no matter how little you have, someone always has less and it is your job to serve that person. Both ministers, her parents taught her the importance of service early. They sacrificed to ensure all six children went to college. Stacey first attended Spelman College in Georgia, and then earned her law degree from Yale and a master’s degree in public policy from University of Texas at Austin.
A lifelong love of writing led to her first publication in high school. Since then, Stacey has published articles on issues of public policy, taxation and nonprofit organizations, including pieces with The Christian Science Monitor, Yale Law and Policy Review, U.S. News and World Reports and the Huffington Post. She also writes fiction, authoring eight widely published romantic suspense novels.
As an observer of government, Stacey realized how important it was for people to have a voice in their political system. She watched both the important and frustrating things that government did, and how it worked for some people but not for others. The more she learned, the more she felt called to get involved.
First elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006, Stacey quickly became known for her expertise and ability to explain complicated tax and legal questions, and earned a reputation for working across party lines to pass legislation. Her colleagues chose her as the first woman and first African-American to lead in the House.
Fiercely independent and entrepreneurial, Stacey has also founded numerous businesses. She co-founded and acts as Senior Vice President of NOWaccount Network Corporation, a financial services firm specializing in assisting small businesses. Stacey also co-founded and serves as COO of Nourish, Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers. She also founded SageWorks, LLC, a consulting firm, and co-founded Insomnia Consulting to specialize in development, investment and consulting for complex infrastructure projects.
Formerly, Stacey was Deputy City Attorney for the City of Atlanta. Prior to her tenure at the City, she was Special Counsel at the Sutherland Asbill & Brennan law firm in Atlanta, with a focus on tax-exempt organizations, healthcare and public finance. Stacey serves on the Board of Trustees for Agnes Scott College and Atlanta Metropolitan State College, the Board of Directors for the Gateway Center for the Homeless, the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia and the Advisory Boards for Literacy Action and Health Students Taking Action Together. Stacey lives in Atlanta.