Nakesha Watkins

Senior Director of Advocacy

Nakesha Watkins, The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects’ in-house counsel, is the senior director of advocacy. She’s licensed in all courts in the state of Mississippi and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Watkin’s career began as an associate at a small Jackson law firm, honing her skills as a family law advocate and an assistant county prosecutor. After which, she worked in the government sector for about 10 years, as the staff attorney for the juvenile justice center in Hinds County then as legal counsel for the City of Jackson. Watkins finds herself venturing into new territory at The Lighthouse, but her commitment to Black girls and women and disenfranchised communities has been her special interest and practice in her prior work.

A graduate of Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Watkins graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law immediately afterwards. She is a member of the Magnolia Bar Association, Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association, Mississippi Bar Association and serves as a board member of the Katherine Murriel Education Fund, among other professional and community affiliations.

Watkins is married to an attorney (such a bore!) and has a daughter. The Saints fans play with LOL Surprise Dolls and, if you’re lucky, they’ll invite you to a movie and pizza night one Friday.

Meet Nakesha

Hometown: Clinton, Miss. 

Organizational Emphasis: Advocacy

for Black women and girls

Favorites: French fries, spy movies and

being near the ocean