Rachel L. Proctor, Place 4 Councilmember, was elected in a Special Election to fill an unexpired term in February 2013, making her the youngest African American woman to be elected to the DeSoto City Council thus far. Ms. Proctor is a 20 year resident of the city and a proud graduate of DeSoto High School, Class of 1999. Councilmember Proctor previously served on the Library Advisory Board. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce and is the chair for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. She also serves on the DeSoto ISD District Education Improvement Council and is a participant in the Leadership Southwest Program for the class of 2013.
Ms. Proctor will devote her time and energy to the council to help continue championing economic growth and business development to continue to bring quality, full-time jobs with competitive wages into the city for DeSoto residents. Moreover, Councilmember Proctor wants to serve as a catalyst to lay the framework that would put more options in place to engage the cities youth and furthermore spark the development of young leaders within the community and school district.
Ms. Proctor is the Owner and Administrative Director of the Neighborhood Christian Learning Center of Dallas, Inc., which is a Nationally, Faith-Based Accredited Early Childhood Center. NCLC of Dallas is also a part of Dallas ISD’s School Readiness Integration Program and was recently designated by the Texas Education Agency as a “Pre K Center of Excellence”!
Councilmember Proctor is very active in the community and in her church, and volunteer’s regularly at various non-profit organizations in the Metroplex. Moreover, Ms. Proctor is very passionate about reaching out and reclaiming at-risk youth and because of this she recently launched the EMERGE Life Skills Coaching™ Program in which she conducts weekly group sessions targeted at young women ages 10-17 years of age, who have been classified as At-Risk, within the juvenile justice system and local school districts. She is a Certified Youth Behavior Advisor.
Councilmember Proctor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ms. Proctor served two terms as the President of the National Pan Hellenic Council at UT-Arlington. She is also a member of various Early Childhood Associations and she has received numerous awards and recognitions in the Early Childhood Industry.