Curtis Watkins

Curtis Watkins is a native of Washington D.C. who has over 28 years of executive leadership experience, including

Curtis Watkins is a native of Washington D.C. who has over 28 years of executive leadership experience, including having  served as the Director of Affiliate Mobilization/VFZPrograms for the Woodson Center.


In 1998, he founded LifeSTARTS Youth & Family Services (formerly known as East CapitolCenter for Change), a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding neighborhoods and communities.  In 2001, President George W. Bush recognized the organization highlighting that LifeSTARTS was “changing lives from the inside out.” Mr. Watkins was a 2007-2008 Nonprofit Roundtable Fellow. 

Curtis has committed the rest of his life to creating communities where the residents are empowered to be active decision makers and the transformers of their communities.