Chief of Staff

La Shon F. Brooks,
Chief of Staff & Legislative Liaison
Mississippi Valley State University

La Shon, a native of California, lived in Kansas, Texas and Michigan before making Greenwood, Mississippi her home over 20 years ago. La Shon is a cum laude graduate of Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU),  earning undergraduate and graduate degrees  in Business Administration  from MVSU.    Prior to her career in higher education, La Shon worked in the automotive  and banking industries  where she honed her skills in balancing multiple competing priorities and individuals, project management, critical thinking and conflict resolution. 

La Shon currently serves as Chief of Staff & Legislative Liaison at Mississippi Valley State University.  As the Legislative Liaison, she interfaces with members of the Mississippi Legislature to insure that the needs of the University are addressed and to ascertain support for  major capital projects. A member of the executive team, La Shon reports to the President and is responsible for establishing and maintaining close working relationships with university personnel and staff from diverse non-governmental and  local, state, and federal governmental entities, as well as strong interpersonal and negotiation skills;  serves as the liaison for the system Board Office , responsible for developing, reviewing and monitoring  budgets, providing guidance and oversight on critical projects  She is also responsible for planning and staging large university events.

She serves on the steering committee of the Leflore County Chapter of Mission Mississippi, a non-denominational organization that seeks racial reconciliation through the body of Christ; she represents the University as a member of Rotary International, Greenwood Convention Visitors Bureau board member, and  board member of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, an organization important to the Mississippi Delta as well as the state as it increases tourism and positively impacts the economy; and is a member of the  Leflore County NAACP.

 She is married to Charles Brooks, a retired Special Education Administrator and they have two children, Charles and Sydni. They are members of Turner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.