Daniel Roby, from Facebook.

Daniel Roby, CEO of Austin Street Center, has been named a Presidential Leadership Scholar. The seventh class of 60 movers-and-shakers from around the country were selected based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal projects addressing a critical challenge or need in the community.

The Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS) program is a collaboration of the presidential foundations of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson. Over the next six months, the scholars will learn from former presidents, key former administration officials and leading academics. They will study vision, communication, decision-making, influence and strategic partnerships, among other topics, and develop a network of peers who can help them make an impact in their communities.

All costs, including tuition, housing, meals and travel, will be funded by contributions from program supporters.

Roby, a Lake Highlands neighbor and graduate of LHHS, has long been a leader in discussions of the confounding problem of homelessness throughout Dallas and across the metroplex. Under his direction, Austin Street more than doubled its case management staff, implemented new programs and services, and quadrupled the number of clients exiting into housing. He was appointed by former mayor Mike Rawlings to serve on the City Commission on Homelessness, and he’s on the board of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. Baylor University awarded Roby their Medal of Service last year, and the Dallas Business Journal lauded him as a “40 Under 40” in 2018.

Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush speak at a Presidential Leadership Scholars event.