Every year, the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) honors a group of young professionals who make a difference throughout the city of Houston, TX for their leadership in non-profit organizations. This year, GW alumnus Carlos Paz, Jr., CCAS BA ’08, was among those recognized.
Paz, Jr. was one of eight young professionals to receive the 2014 Houston Grand Opera Ovation Award on Mar. 26. He currently serves as the strategy and communications manager at Neighborhood Centers Inc., , the largest charitable organization in Texas.
He is also on the Advisory Board of The LiveSmart Initiative, is the volunteer regional leadership director of the National Hispanic Institute, founder & co-curator of TEDxYouth@Houston and a global ambassador and cast member on OWN’s new docu-series, Operation Change.
“My career thus far has been more than I could have ever expected,” Paz, Jr. says. “I’m fortunate that my career choices have allowed me to align my personal passion for service with my professional goals. Everyday I get to work on initiatives that create positive impact for people and that keeps me driven and ambitious.”
Paz, Jr. also says his time in Foggy Bottom contributed to both his success and his outlook.
“My experience at GW, my professional experience, and the powerful words from my commencement speaker, Julian Bond, ‘to not only do well but to also do good in the world’ have guided my actions in life,” he explains.
–Congrats to Carlos Paz, Jr. on this prestigious honor! For more information about the 2014 Ovation Awards, visit CultureMap Houston. And, be sure to check out this article in The Economist, which features a quote from Paz, Jr.