Economic Development Strategist. Governmental Adviser. Speaker.
Devont’e Kurt Watson is an agent for positive social change and nationally acclaimed orator. Devont’e currently has served as an advisor to the Honorable Mayor Richard Berry of Albuquerque, New Mexico and a member of the New Mexico Youth Alliance, an advisory council to the New Mexican Legislature and the Honorable Susana Martinez of New Mexico. He also serves on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, is the Executive Director for the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico Governmental Affairs, and is the project director for the New Mexico Forum for youth In Community’s Youth Economic Summer Institute Internship Program. In the start of Summer 2014, Devont’e became a fellow at the A People for the American Way Foundation in Washington, D.C. where he is researching youth economic engagement. In addition, he served as an advisor to U.S. Surgeon General Benjamin, the Health and Human Services Department, and the Legacy Foundation of Tobacco Policy.Watson is a political columnist and publishes his work in the Perspective II Magazine, the Volcano View, and his website. Devont’e is a contributing correspondent to PBS News Hour Extra. His highlighting work with News Hour includes coverage of the potential government shutdown of Summer 2011 and the 2012 elections.
In 2012, Devont’e delivered the youth state of the state address of New Mexico. There, he implored policy-makers to consider constructive education reform by offering all communities additional educational programs that would enhance students’ post-secondary education aptitude. In March 2012, Devont’e worked with the City of Philadelphia, New Orleans, and the United States Department of Justice to reduce the Black-on-Black violence epidemic and to end the rising elimination of Black males in society. During the Democratic National Convention of 2012, Devont’e was a featured panelist with Professor Michael Eric Dyson, Susan L. Taylor, and Jeff Johnson in the Charlotte Cares Mentoring Movement, which identified community solutions towards strategic youth civic engagement.
Watson’s accomplishments have been nationally recognized. President Obama formally recognized Devont’e Watson’s community efforts in April 2012 in a personal letter. He currently attends the University of New Mexico and resides in Albuquerque.