Abrams was the second of six children to be born to Robert and Carolyn Abrams. Although he was reared in Gulfport, Mississippi, Abrams was born in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1989, the family uprooted and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where her parents attended Emory University to earn their master of divinity degrees.
They eventually got involved with the Methodist church and moved back to Mississippi with their three younger children after becoming preachers, while Abrams and his two other siblings stayed in Atlanta.
She was the class valedictorian when she graduated from Avondale High School in the year 1991. She was chosen to participate in the Telluride Association Summer Program in the year 1990. She was hired as a typist for a congressional campaign when she was 17 years old when she was still a student in high school. Based on the modifications she made to a campaign speech, she was subsequently hired as a speechwriter for the campaign.
Spelman College awarded Abrams its highest honor, the magna cum laude, for her achievement of a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies (political science, economics, and sociology) in the year 1995.
During her time as a student, she held a job at the city of Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson’s office, working in the youth services department. After that, she completed an internship with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Abrams took part in a demonstration on the steps of the Georgia State Capitol in 1992 when she was a freshman in college.
During the demonstration, she took part in the burning of the Georgia state flag, which at the time included a version of the Confederate battle flag. As a symbolic show of resistance to the civil rights movement, it had been added to the state flag in 1956.
Abrams received funding from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation to attend the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. It was there that she earned a Master of Public Affairs degree in 1998. In 1999, she graduated from Yale Law School with a Juris Doctor degree.
A career in both law and business.
After receiving his law degree, Abrams worked as a tax attorney at the Sutherland Asbill & Brennan law firm in Atlanta. His primary areas of concentration included tax-exempt organizations, public financing, and health care. Abrams co-founded NOW Corp. (previously NOWaccount Network Corporation), a company that provides financial services, in 2010. At the time, she was serving as a member of the Georgia General Assembly. Abrams held the position of senior vice president of NOW Corp.
Abrams is the Chief Executive Officer of Sage Works, a legal consulting firm that has represented clients such as the Atlanta Dream of the Women’s National Basketball Association. Sage Works has also represented other customers.
In 2010, Abrams was one of the co-founders of Nourish, Inc. It was originally established as a beverage firm with a focus on infants and toddlers; but, in later years, it was rebranded as Now, and its business strategy was shifted to focus on providing an invoicing solution for small businesses. Now has just completed a Series A fundraising round of $9.5 million.
Abrams is a proponent of abortion rights, an advocate for expanded gun regulation, and an opponent of measures to make voter identification requirements more stringent. She has claimed that some implementations of voter ID laws disenfranchise minorities and the poor, but she does not oppose voter ID legislation in principle and she supports the idea that voters should be required to prove their identities. Abrams made a commitment to oppose any legislation that would be analogous to the law on religious liberty that Governor Deal vetoed in 2016.
Criminal justice reform
Abrams is in favor of reforming the criminal justice system in the manner of eliminating the use of cash bail for low-income defendants, doing away with the death sentence, and making it legal to carry small amounts of marijuana. As a part of the effort to reform the criminal justice system, she is also an advocate for community policing, which aims to make neighborhoods safer.
It is Abrams’s hope to raise the amount of money allocated to the public school system.
She is opposed to the idea of giving students scholarships to use at private schools and instead advocates for the public education system to be improved. She is in favor of reducing the number of students in each class, increasing the number of school counselors, preserving pensions, increasing teacher salaries, and enhancing early childhood education.
Care for the sick
During her run for governor, Abrams made it clear that she would prioritize the expansion of Medicaid if she were elected. She referenced data that demonstrated that the expansion of Medicaid enhanced access to medical care for residents of low-income households and made hospitals in remote areas financially viable. In addition to this, she devised a strategy to reduce the high rate of maternal mortality in Georgia.
She has referred to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement as “anti-Semitic,” yet Abrams is a staunch defender of Israel and opposes “the demonization and delegitimization of Israel represented” by it. However, she cast a vote against anti-BDS legislation that would have penalized businesses in Georgia for choosing to boycott Israel or territories that are occupied by Israel.
Abrams noted in his study, “In the pursuit of social justice throughout the history of the United States, boycotts have played an important role, notably for African-Americans. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement may trace its roots back to the anti-apartheid campaign.”
Mississippi natives Reverend Carolyn and Reverend Robert Abrams are the parents of six children, including Abrams. He is the second of their six children. Her siblings are Richard Abrams, Walter Abrams, Jeanine Abrams McLean, and Andrea Abrams. Leslie Abrams Gardner is currently serving as a district judge in the United States.
In April of 2018, Abrams published an opinion piece for Fortune in which she disclosed that she owed the federal government $54,000 in past taxes and owned $174,000 in debt between credit card debt and college loans.
After postponing her taxes for 2015 and 2016, which she said was essential to assist with her family’s medical expenditures, she was in the process of gradually making up her debt to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the terms of a payment plan. In the race for governor of Georgia in 2018, she gave a contribution of fifty thousand dollars to her own campaign.
Aside from the other outstanding credit card and student loan debt that she acknowledged during the course of the gubernatorial race, she settled all of her past taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service in 2019.
According to state filings that Abrams submitted in March, she currently estimates that her net worth is $3.17 million. When she initially ran for office four years ago, she had a net worth of 109 thousand dollars. Compare that to her current value.