LaShonne Watts is the director of Resident Services for DHA. In this capacity, she is primarily responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing resident services activities to help the families attain economic self-sufficiency. Part of that role is also helping to run the agency’s non-profit, Opportunity Rising. “We believe that education is key to self-sufficiency, so this is a natural fit,” says Ms. Watts.
Before joining DHA, she was the General Manager for the Red Bird area for the collective impact nonprofit Neighbor Up, part of the Dallas GrowSouth initiative. In this position, she worked on community revitalization and economic development initiatives in her assigned area.
Prior to that she was an Assistant City Attorney and Southeast Community Prosecutor for the City of Dallas for almost five years where she focused on improving the quality of life for residents through strategic code enforcement. Ms. Watts also worked as a Staff Attorney for the Children’s Law Center in New York City for five years, where she represented children in custody, visitation, guardianship, paternity and abuse and neglect cases in Bronx Family Court. Ms. Watts started her legal career at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop as a litigation associate. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley.