A self-described foodie, Jaleesa’s passion for food and social justice can be traced back to when she delivered her first food basket to a deserving family during the holidays at age 7. Jaleesa developed a unique perspective for volunteering that was influenced by her grandfather’s unselfish commitment to helping others. That was a special holiday because not only did Jaleesa and her grandfather deliver this deserving families holiday dinner but also “broke bread” and cooked dinner with the family. Thanks to that special day, Jaleesa continues to serve her local community and enjoy any opportunity to “break bread”.
After receiving her Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Jaleesa has transitioned to the practice of law. Her proudest accomplishments have been working with The Earl Carl Institute of Legal and Social Policy and the Innocence Project. Each of these organizations promote social, civil, and legal equality.
As a native Houstonian, Jaleesa continues to explore creative avenues to employ her education and passions in hopes to make a positive impact in the Dallas community. Her belief is that “excellence is never an accident; It is the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.”