After a unanimous confirmation vote, Crittenton Services is excited to announce the election of LaTara Harris, Regional Director of External & Legislative Affairs for AT&T, and Celeste James, the Director of Community Health Initiatives at Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, as the newest members of our Board of Directors.
LaTara has already dedicated countless hours by not only helping Crittenton make meaningful connections to other peer organizations and local champions, but also helping to raise needed funds to support the organization’s programmatic work. “LaTara is a long-time and trusted friend to our organization. We’re extremely grateful to have her wisdom and leadership on our Board of Directors,” shared President and CEO, Pamela Jones. “She knows this community, sees the big picture, and has a passion for our work. We are a stronger organization with her on the Board.”
Harris joined AT&T in 2013 after more than ten years with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. LaTara is very active in her community serving on the board of the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, and the Living Legacy Foundation. She continues to be recognized for her steadfast community contributions, most recently with the 2015 Maryland Daily Record – Maryland Top 100 Women Award and the 2014 & 2015 US President’s Volunteer Service Award.
LaTara earned her undergraduate degree from Bowie State University and her MBA from the University of Maryland.
Why were you inspired to join the Crittenton Board?
Of course, it’s the teen girls themselves. They are amazing. I’m also inspired by Crittenton’s laser focus on improving each teen’s outcomes while also creating opportunities for young women.
What excites you most about being on the Board/part of the Crittenton Community?
I’m excited to think of all of the possibilities ahead. These young women have an opportunity to experience things on a local, national, and international level with us being located in our Nation’s Capital.
What's the one aspect of the Crittenton Program(s) you're really interested in learning more about in the coming months?
I’m excited to learn more about the organization’s alignment with other groups focused on women’s issues. Partnerships like that give Crittenton girls an opportunity to weigh in and gain more exposure to policies that will impact them – like equal pay – in the future.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire Crittenton Services staff, welcome, LaTara and Celeste!