Board Member Since: 2017
Board Member; Search and Rescue Pilot, US Coast Guard
La'Shanda Holmes is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard and is the Coast Guard's first African-American female helicopter pilot. After growing up in the foster care system, she put herself through college, became a pilot, and amassed over 1,900 flight hours conducting search and rescue, counter-drug, law enforcement, and Presidential intercept missions. In 2015 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to be a White House Fellow. She spent 2015-2016 in Washington, DC interfacing with the highest levels of government, studying policy issues domestically and abroad, and serving as the Special Assistant to the NASA Administrator General Charles F. Bolden.
Her honors include: 2014 Blacks in Government Award, selection as one of Grio's Top 100 History Makers, and a nomination for an NAACP award for her work on The Smithsonian's "Black Wings" documentary. She is a Bonner Scholar and holds a BA in Psychology (Spelman College).