Albuquerque Journal: Up-and-coming black leaders are changing the conversation

Making a difference

By Elaine D. Briseño / Journal Staff Writer
Sunday, February 26th, 2017



Devont’e Kurt Watson, 22, owner of Watson & Associates International

Watson is a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico with degrees in economics and international studies but his professional life and community involvement started even before he enrolled in college. Watson said he grew up in a strong church community that encouraged community involvement. His passions, he said, are improving the economy and fighting poverty.

“It introduced me to the concepts of community organizing and public speaking,” he said. “It moved me to reflect on how I can make a difference.”

Watson was a member of the New Mexico Youth Alliance while in high school. The alliance was an advisory council for the Legislature and governor. In 2012, he was selected to give the youth State of the State address for New Mexico.

He also attended the Democratic National Convention that year and served on a panel discussing ways to get young people involved in their communities.

His consulting firm helps people bring their goods to international markets. To learn more about him and his work, visit

He hopes to hold public office some day but his next step is attending law school.


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