Since 2009, the Mission Capital Awards (then, Nonprofit Excellence Awards) have recognized exemplary achievement in our social sector. The winners were announced and honored at Mission Driven on September 27.


2017 Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year Award

In addition to the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, Mission Capital announced its fourth Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year Award. The Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year award, named in recognition of its inaugural recipient, honors an individual who has made significant contributions to lead transformational change in our community.

Through passionate leadership and inspiring investment in our community, this individual is a champion for social change. He/she works across traditional boundaries to address our community’s greatest challenges. Past winners of this award include Libby Malone (2013), Earl Maxwell (2014), and Jeff and Deanna Serra (2015).

Community Leader of the Year
2017 Community Leader of the Year Award Winner, Senator Kirk Watson

Mission Capital is proud to celebrate Senator Kirk Watson for his extraordinary service in support of this community we all love! A longtime public servant and a former Mayor of Austin, Senator Watson was first elected to the Texas Senate (District 14) in 2006.

Repeatedly recognized for his legislative and coalition-building work, in 2011, Senator Watson proposed “10 Goals in 10 Years” to transform the health and economy of Central Texas. Through this vision, Central Texas welcomed the first class of students to the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas in 2016, will open Seton Healthcare Family’s new teaching hospital in 2017, made Austin a center of comprehensive care through the LIVESTRONG Institutes, and established high-quality, neighborhood-based health clinics for uninsured, low-income residents of Travis County.

Senator Watson has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Austin’s American Cancer Society, Ballet Austin, Community Partnership for the Homeless, El Buen Samaritano and KLRU. He is the former Chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Texas Advisory Board for Environmental Defense and CAMPO, the primary transportation planning agency for Central Texas



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