Jalesia “Jasha” McQueen is an attorney, community leader, entrepreneur, and mother of three children. As a Hispanic American and second generation immigrant, Jasha has worked hard for her accomplishments. She understands the need for all citizens to be treated fairly.
Jasha comes from humble beginnings. When her father left the Air Force from his last assignment in Germany, her family fell on hard times. Not only was her family in financial trouble, but it was compounded by the open racial discrimination Jasha felt in attending school in a rural area in Florida. Jasha’s understanding of fairness and her resilience can be traced back to her childhood experiences. At that time, neither of her parents had finished college. With dedication and hard work as her mantra, Jasha finished as salutatorian of her class and managed to pay her way through school by being awarded the ROTC scholarship along with other grants and scholarships.
After graduation, Jasha entered the U.S. Army as a lieutenant for the Medical Service Corps in 1994. She served 5 years and exited as a Captain. She held a variety of roles in the Army, including supervision and development of a team of more than 25 medics when she was only 23 years old. She had implemented plans supporting over 7,000 soldiers and had been responsible for over $1.5 million in equipment. Her leadership skills have been proven. After her service, she attended law school and graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University Law School in 2002.
Since her arrival to St. Louis in 2002, Jasha has been a leader in the Hispanic and business community by serving on a variety of boards. She currently serves on the boards of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis and United Cerebral Palsy. In 2009, she started her own law firm, which has increased to two part-time employees and a new partner. In 2010, she became a survivor of domestic violence and a champion to her three boys.
Jasha lives by the mantra that everyone has a choice whether to be a victim or a victor. Jasha has made her choice and is looking forward to running for office in the future.