Deputy Director of Policy, Harris County
Sasha L. Legette is currently the Deputy Director of Policy for Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis where she focused on Economic Opportunity policies. As one that is committed to creating community change, she has been a fierce advocate on economic justice, racial justice, criminal justice reform, and work place dignity in our community, which is reflective in her founding of Pure Justice, a local grassroots organization in the fall of 2015 where she serves as the Executive Director for the organization. Sasha’s impact in our community includes leading negotiations and campaign efforts to get worker protections and local hiring requirements on the city of Houston’s multifamily Hurricane Harvey projects when she served as the Interim Director of the Houston Organizing Movement for Equity, a coalition formed to ensure an equitable recovery for local residents. She has taken her background as a former educator to create a curriculum to teach residents about local government in courses called Local Government and Redistricting 101 to help them understand how local government and politics influences their everyday lives. Additionally, she facilitated a session on the county judge’s civic Saturday’s about the importance of brining economic opportunities to marginalized communities. Sasha believes in turning policy into community-based solutions, therefore she became a founding member of the Third Ward Community Cooperative Builders, which is the state of Texas’ first construction worker-owned cooperative. This allows residents of 3rd Ward to work on small construction projects in 3rd Ward while also being an owner of the company. In efforts to bring create more worker owned cooperatives in the city, she is working in partnership with local community leaders to create a space to help others learn and start these cooperatives. Sasha sits on the board of Coalition of Community Organizations (COCO), and is an Alumni of Houston’s New Leaders Council. She holds a law degree from the University of Georgia School of law and a bachelors degree in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. She is a community leader focused on advocating for people in need, others, and helping create change.