Practice Lead, Disaster Recovery and Grant Management
Portia is a native of Louisiana and spent more than 14 years in state government with service to the Department of Children & Family Services, the Office of the Governor, the Division of Administration and the Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit. During her 6 years at OCD-DRU, she helped plan, design, and implement housing, buyout, resettlement, and economic development programs spanning multiple disaster recovery grants with a focus on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
Immediately prior to joining Franklin Associates, Portia was the Policy Director for the Louisiana Housing Corporation where she spearheaded policy research and reform in the administration of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and CDBG-DR dollars for the development of affordable housing statewide.
Portia is a licensed attorney with a Juris Doctorate degree from Southern University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University.