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Keryl DouglasKeryl 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.

Attorney Douglas 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 her daily.



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