BPE Ascendant Award

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Ascendant Award

Lydia Clay


About the Award

The Ascendant Award is given to a recent graduate (five years or less) of Leadership Austin’s Emerge, Essential, or Experience Austin programs who—since his or her graduation—has demonstrated community leadership in a manner that exhibits the honoree’s commitment to the core values of Leadership Austin: Community Trusteeship, Inclusiveness, Collaborative Decision-Making, and Personal Responsibility.

Bio of Lydia Clay

Lydia proudly serves Momark Development, a local real estate development firm as a Project Manager, overseeing a range of projects from luxury for-sale urban condos to affordable housing. Lydia’s ability to combine flair for design and passion for people is ideal for creating inspiring communities in Austin.

After attending the University of Houston, Lydia worked in both non-profit and political arenas. She quickly became known for successful community building and innovative economic development initiatives working as Chief of Staff for a two-term Houston City Council Member.

Upon returning to her native city of Austin in 2011, Lydia sought to translate her passion for vibrant cities into the built environment in a more tangible way, making the transition to real estate development.

Lydia is an avid carpenter and enjoys working to restore her beloved home in East Travis Heights. She loves to travel, enjoys cooking for friends, and is a self-proclaimed political junkie. Lydia remains active in politics and advocates for local land use and transportation improvements. Most importantly, she is a tireless advocate for organ donation and considers her recent gift of life via living kidney donation to be her best work to bring light to this important cause.