I really appreciate everyone who supported Mrs. Williams. It was a great run, and I will always support people who pursue their dreams.
Lateefah Williams is a legislative/public policy attorney with more than a decade of experience.
She previously served as Counsel to the Prince George’s County, Maryland State Senate Delegation. She has extensive legislative and public policy legal experience, including prior stints as the Political and Legislative Director for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 and as a Nonprofit Speech Rights Policy Analyst for OMB Watch (now the Center for Effective Government).
Lateefah also worked as a law firm associate for several years handling insurance defense, plaintiff-side tort law, and family law matters.
Additionally, Lateefah has been a community advocate in the District for years. She is currently the Legislative Committee Chair for the DC Federation of Democratic Women and the Recording Secretary for the Ward 5 Democrats. Furthermore, Lateefah is a board member of the Wanda Alston Foundation, which provides housing for homeless LGBT youth.
She also writes a biweekly column for the Washington Blade and works on local campaigns as a public policy and communications consultant.
Prior to that, Lateefah was the President of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the National Committeewoman for the DC Young Democrats, the Mid-Atlantic region representative on the Young Democrats of America Judicial Council, and a member of the DC Democratic State Committee.
Lateefah is a lifelong resident of the Washington, DC metropolitan area and her family’s perseverance against adversity and commitment to serving others motivated her to go into public service. Lateefah currently resides in the Ward 5 northeast section of Washington, DC and she resided in Ward 6 for seven years immediately prior to moving to Ward 5.
Lateefah’s personal journey took her from Oxon Hill High School through Georgetown Law. Her parents graduated from DC Public Schools– her mother from Ballou High School and her father from Phelps Vocational High School—and Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia), where they were both the first in their families to graduate from college. They then spent their careers as public servants. Watching and learning from her parents, Lateefah has always seen public service as a noble calling. Lateefah is also inspired by her grandmother, Ora Lee Williams-Haywood, who, despite being of meager means, fought back against a DC store which targeted low-income residents with predatory contracts in the Williams v. Walker-Thomas Furniture Company case, which established a national law against “unconscionable” contract clauses, particularly when the parties involved have “unequal bargaining power.”
Lateefah is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor, 2001
North Carolina Central University, B.A. English, media-journalism concentration, magna cum laude, 1998
Oxon Hill High School, 1994
District of Columbia: 2008
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