Profile: Laquitta D.

Chapter Leader / Sugar Land, TX

“When I learned about OFA’s mission and its goals to focus on solutions — nothing electoral — but just to focus on solutions, I thought, ‘this is what we need right now, in my area.’”

A mother, wife, businesswoman, and advocate for women’s voices, Laquitta DeMerchant leads the charge for progressive change in her community.

Just a few miles west of Houston, Texas, Laquitta is energizing local activism. She serves as both a Fellows Leader and a Chapter Leader for OFA Fort Bend, recruiting volunteers and developing her most passionate neighbors into organizers. Together, with new skills and plenty to work on, her chapter is working to build a stronger community through local events and initiatives that push for progress.

At a recent Women’s Equality Summit. Laquitta and her fellow chapter members organized an event that featured dozens of outstanding panelists, including Congressman Al Green (TX-9) as their keynote speaker. They hosted a variety of presentations that covered topics from women in STEM and equal pay, to reproductive rights and addressing rape on college campuses. The organizers also made sure to include local career and leadership opportunities for the attendees.

And Laquitta’s success isn’t just limited the organizing world either. With a background in computer information systems and business administration, she developed an app that won the grand prize at the Women Innovation Mobile award in the U.S. Department of Labor Equal Pay app competition. WIth all of her accolades and career success in technology, Laquitta has made it her business to build a local movement for a better community. As momentum grows in Fort Bend around progressive issues, we can be sure the Fort Bend OFA chapter will be in good hands and always on the front lines for progressive change.