Building the ladder as she climbs it
Latasha’s commitment to our children and families extends to her commitment to our organization. She hasn’t just worked at Harlem Children’s Zone — she’s helped build it.
After starting at HCZ as a coordinator in our Peacemakers program in 2002, Latasha spent a combined decade directing our Promise Academy I After School and Lincoln and St. Nicholas housing programs; led our signature Healthy Harlem program for five years; and finally, took the helm at Community Pride.
With each stop of her career journey, Latasha helped make our programs what they are today. In that sense, her career history is also a history of the evolution of HCZ. She built the ladder as she climbed it.
That climb was put on hold in 2019 when Latasha was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
With all that she had done for HCZ, our community rallied to her side. Staff members, including then CEO Anne Williams-Isom, threw “Chemo Parties” for her at the hospital. Students celebrated once she returned from treatment. Parents prayed for her. Today, Latasha is cancer free.
“Hope, possibility, and life”
Today, Latasha is back at work, bringing smiles and support to impact our children and families. However, Latasha stresses that impact goes both ways: she found her husband at Harlem Children’s Zone, and now, is a proud parent of Promise Academy scholars. She’ll never forget the way the community showed up for her in her time of need.
“To me, this community means hope, possibility, and life,” Latasha says. “Everything I do here is a personal mission for me.”