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Hon. Devon Anderson, Houston

Devon Anderson has devoted her career to public service. She was a prosecutor for 12 years at the Houston DA’s office and tried over 100 felony jury trials, including 7 capital murders. She left the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in 2005 after being elected to serve as State District Judge in the 177th Criminal District Court. While serving as District Judge, Devon also volunteered her time to preside over one of four STAR Drug Courts.

In 2009 Devon left the bench and started her own criminal defense firm. At the end of 2012, Devon ended her practice when her husband was elected Harris County District Attorney. In 2013, Devon was appointed Harris County District Attorney to succeed her late husband, Mike Anderson. The following year, Devon was elected by the voters of Harris County to finish his term. After serving in that position for over three years, Devon transitioned from the legal profession to nonprofit work.

She is now the CEO of Justice Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of incarceration and funding essential programs for individuals in 23 Harris, Galveston and Fort Bend County Specialty Courts. She also serves as Board Chair of the Party Sober Partnership.

Devon is the proud mother of Sam, a first-year student at South Texas College of Law and Brynn, a junior at Sewanee: The University of the South.