Douglas is Harris County Democratic Party Chair in Texas, USA.
Attorney Keryl Douglas graduated summa cum laude, with a
standing of #5 out of her class of 202 students, from Thurgood
Marshall School of Law in May 2008. She passed the Bar upon first
attempt, qualifying to petition into the D.C. Bar without
examination, and was admitted to State of Texas Bar in Nov. 2008,
and to the Federal Bar in 2010.
In addition to being founder
and owner of Optimum Solutions Consulting, Keryl Douglas currently
practices law in the City of Houston. She has also served in
capacities wherein she was responsible for implementing public
affairs strategies, lobbying, and fund development. An accomplished
mediator and Attorney, she is also a legal journalist and analyst,
writing a weekly legal column for the Houston Sun Newspaper; and
frequent legal/political analyst for a local radio program. She is
an appointed ad litem for local family and probate courts, as well
as a frequent moderator and panelist/educator for diverse legal
seminars. She heads legal education/advocacy for Friends of
Emancipation Park Board of Directors. A prolific public speaker and
speech writer, she has also served as a licensed insurance agent and
structured settlement consultant. Her business acumen has also
assisted many other entrepreneurs achieve success and opportunity.
Her personal entrepreneurial endeavors have most recently expanded
to include motivational fitness, writing, and publishing.
Prior to attending law school on scholarship, she received her M.S.
in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Texas Southern University, and
her B.S. in Biology, cum laude, from Florida A&M University. She
also completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Epidemiology at University
of Texas Health Science Center. Her diverse professional experience
includes National staff executive for NAACP; serving as Regional
Director for the NAACP’s Region VI, encompassing 250 units across
the five states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New
Mexico. She was co-architect of the NAACP’s historic 2000 National
Voter Mobilization Campaign. She also served for nearly a decade as
Executive Director of NAACP-Houston. In both capacities, she
significantly increased membership, advocacy, funding, volunteerism,
positive public imaging, staffing, and grant-supported programs. Her
higher education experience includes Instructor of Chemistry at TSU;
Assistant to Academic Vice President (TSU); Instructor of Biology
(Houston Community College); Director of Douglass Honors Institute
(TSU); First Lady of TSU (1996-1999); and Teaching Assistant in
Criminal law and Civil Procedure. She was a distinguished
participant in local and regional competitions in Moot Court, Mock
Trial, Client Preparation, etc. She is presently President of
NAACP-Fort Bend/Missouri City & Vicinity.
was born in Plant City, Florida to Rudolph (deceased) and Johnnie M.
Burgess. A Houston, Texas resident since 1983, she has one son,
James Matthew Douglas II. She is a member of numerous legal and
community organizations, serving as current Board Chair of Ready
Women, Inc., which assists underprivileged, abused, and otherwise
financially challenged women successfully prepare for integration
into work opportunities. She has served as Boardmember of several
entities and has received numerous awards for her advocacy,
professional, and academic accomplishments. She is an avid reader,
volunteer, and nature enthusiast. She also enjoys dance, walking,
being physically fit, and all of the arts. She credits her drive and
enthusiasm for life to God, her parents, Johnnie M. Burgess and
Rudolph Burgess, her late stepdad Otis Hill, her son Matthew, her
siblings, and the many friends who pray for, inspire, and encourage
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