The Legacy Icon Award is the pinnacle of recognition, bestowed upon an
individual whose lifelong dedication has forged a profound and historical impact within the LGBTQ+ community. These exceptional individuals embody the very essence of LGBTQ+ Equality, showcasing professional excellence, leadership, and unwavering allyship. Their contributions not only reshape perceptions and systems but leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Legacy Icon Award Recipient Louis R. Escareno, Attorney and Community Advocate

Mr. Escareño stands as a true icon, bringing over 30 years of expertise in local, state, and federal public policy, law, and advocacy, with a special focus on the US-Mexico border region. His impressive journey is a testament to a lifelong commitment to public service.

Prior to establishing his private practice, Louis served in various distinguished roles, including Special Assistant to a US Senator from Texas, staff assistant in the Office of Hispanic Affairs at the White House, Public Affairs Specialist at Philip Morris in New York, Director of Federal Relations in the Office of the Mayor of Houston, Texas, and as a Special Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Texas Attorney General.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Louis’s academic achievements are equally remarkable.

He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Public Administration at the Kennedy School at Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.

Louis’s dedication to public service has not gone unnoticed, as he has received numerous awards and honors. He actively serves on multiple boards, further extending his impact. In his home base of San Antonio, Louis continues to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those he serves.

Louis R. Escareño is the well-deserved recipient of the 2023 Legacy Icon Award, a shining example of excellence, leadership, and a tireless advocate for LGBTQ+ Equality.