Department of Neighborhoods Director TaKasha Francis addressed the newest graduates of the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law at their hooding ceremony on May 17.
“Everyone has purpose, and that purpose is using our gifts to help others and transform lives. Wherever you go, things should be different and better because you showed up," Francis said
"Change happens because you showed up. Communities should be better because you showed up. Mindsets are different because you showed up. People are inspired because you showed up,” she said.
A native Houstonian and graduate of Texas Southern University and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Francis previously served as State of Texas Assistant Attorney General in the Child Support Division.
She also founded The Francis Firm P.C., a boutique law firm specializing in family law and civil litigation.
As director, Francis oversees the Department of Neighborhoods’ multi-faceted operations designed to improve quality of life for Houston residents through neighborhood cleanup and enhancement initiatives, citizen assistance, anti-gang and juvenile delinquency prevention programs for at-risk youth, services for immigrant and refugee communities, and community outreach to promote civic engagement, diversity, cultural understanding and inclusiveness.