Justin knows the importance of playing an active role in his community, especially in regards to improving and increasing equity in public education. His passion for equity in education has been evident since he was an underprepared freshman at The University of Texas at Austin looking around at his more-prepared peers. This passion continued to grow as he worked on a Texas State Senator’s staff advocating for the Top 10 % law, which provides access to Texas’ flagship universities for students from all parts of the state. He committed to this passion when he turned down engineering job offers, to teach middle school math in South Los Angeles. He lived this passion while teaching and empowering his kids at Pio Pico Middle School in Los Angeles. He committed himself to this passion in law school when interning for the ACLU-Texas working on school-to-prison research and has continued to be a consistent and strong-willed advocate of educational equity for the last eight years in Dallas.
DISTRICT 9 TRUSTEE & DALLAS EDUCATION VOLUNTEER
He has served as our District 9 Trustee for nearly 3 years. For the last 1.5 years, he has been honored to serve as President of the DISD Board. He previously served as chairperson of the Dallas Independent School District 9 Task Force. In addition, he is on the Southwest Region Advisory Committee for the Jackie Robinson Foundation, whose mission it is to provide scholarships and leadership development opportunities for students of color with limited financial resources. Among other volunteer roles related to education, he has previously served as the chair of the DISD Racial Equity Task Force and a member of DISD Citizen Budget Review Commission until its discontinuation.
PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER
Prior to attending law school, Justin was a middle school math teacher at Pio Pico School in South Los Angeles. During his two years in the classroom, Justin worked with to empower his students, most of whom began the school year below grade level, to achieve academically and positively impact the world around them.
He currently is an attorney at McKessonn Corporation. He began his legal practice at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in the Finance practice group, and Alston & Bird L.L.P. before moving on to practice law in-house.
Justin is married to Chasity Henry, who is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and also an attorney in Dallas. They have two children, Maya and Alexander. Both of their children attend Dallas ISD schools.