Tacoma Community College Distinguished Alumnus James Curtis will serve on the college’s Board of Trustees, replacing Chad Wright. He will be present at the May 20 Board of Trustees meeting.
Curtis currently serves in the Pierce County Prosecutor’s office in the Robbery/Assault unit. He mentors youth from his old neighborhood, Tacoma’s Hilltop, and serves as a coach and motivational speaker. In 2012, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association presented Curtis with the Bertha M. Snell award for perseverance through adversity in the practice of law.
A Stadium High School graduate, Curtis enrolled at Tacoma Community College when he decided it was time to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. While at the college he won his first scholarship, from the Floyd and Dolores Jones Foundation. He graduated with his AA degree in 1999.
Curtis continued his education at the University of Washington, graduating with a Sociology degree in 2001. While studying at UW Law School he returned to TCC as a member of the college’s Outreach department. After earning his Juris Doctorate in 2005, Curtis worked in private practice until he joined the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office as Deputy Prosecutor in 2007. He currently chairs the office’s Diversity Committee.
Having transformed his own life through educational attainment, Curtis brings a deep understanding of the challenges facing community college students and an equally deep commitment to expanding educational opportunity to all citizens of Tacoma and the surrounding communities.