Leadership Award Recipients

Young Leader Award Recipients

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Vanessa Bouche, Ph.D.

Vanessa Bouché, Ph.D.

Bouché is an assistant professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University. As a principal investigator on several federally-funded human trafficking projects, she has developed databases of human trafficking prosecutions in the U.S. and India. She also conducted public opinion research on human trafficking, interviewed traffickers in federal prisons and consulted for a variety of organizations.

Brooke Lopez

Brooke López

A recent graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor’s of science in public affairs and a minor in geography, López, 21, currently serves IGNITE National as a program facilitator and is a representative on its National Communications Advisory Council. At 15, she worked with her local congresswoman to propose a state bill, and at 16, she founded the nonprofit “Students of Change.” At 18, she was the youngest person to run for Wylie City Council. She founded the Lone Star Parity Project, a nonpartisan online publication dedicated to sharing research and stories of women in politics.

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