Office of Business Opportunity

Lalla V. Morris, Esq.

Lalla MorrisLalla V. Morris, Esq. is the Assistant Director of the Office of Business Opportunity. Lalla directly oversees the following areas in the Office of Business Opportunity, with an indirect oversight of all other areas in the Department: Contract Compliance Division and Certification and Hire Houston First Division. Prior to joining the City of Houston, Lalla served as the Director of Operations and Legal Counsel at Families Empowered where she led the organizations support areas of finance, human resources, information technology, data management, in addition to supporting expansion and community engagement efforts.  She previously worked as a Senior Associate of Institutional Sales and Client Service at Neuberger Berman and Lehman Brothers Asset Management in New York, NY, where she marketed managed investment funds across asset classes to institutional public and Taft-Hartley pension plans. Lalla has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Howard University, a Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from Louisiana State University, and a Nonprofit Finance Certificate from Rice University.