La'Shanda Renee Holmes

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

La’Shanda Renee Holmes was born in Plainfield, New Jersey back in 1985.  Don’t know what the circumstances were but she grew up in foster care.  Regardless, she put herself through Spelman College.  After graduation, she enlisted in the United States Coast Guard.  She was appointed as a White House Fellow in 2015 by President Barack Obama.

In 2015-16, she was the Special Assistant to NASA’s Administrator General Charles F. Bolton.  She sits on the board of directors for Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum, the Foster Club and Girls Fly.  From what I could find she still is with the Coast Guard.

What you may not know about La’Shanda is that she is also a pilot.  She was the first African-American female helicopter pilot for the Coast Guard, stationed in Los Angeles she was an Aircraft Commander at Air Station, Los Angeles, she is qualified as a rotary wing air intercept pilot.  She has over 2,000 hours of flight hours conducting search and rescue, counter drug, law enforcement and Presidential air-intercept missions.  She is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the Coast Guard.

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Comments (19)

Daniel Elton
Daily Pips Signal - Bouckville, NY
I am working as a representative of the company

Thanks for your informative articles

Aug 27, 2020 01:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank youvery much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 27, 2020 04:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

An interesting story, James. You've been on my mind these past few days...hopefully you are not in the direct path of the hurricane and are staying safe.

Aug 27, 2020 04:28 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

She has led an interesting life under the circumstances.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 27, 2020 04:47 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi James....

La'Shanda Holmes - Wikipedia

Aug 27, 2020 04:56 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

You just can not keep talent on the ground. Stay safe out there.

Aug 27, 2020 04:58 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

You just can not keep talent on the ground. Stay safe out there. 

Aug 27, 2020 05:00 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Some people only see the light at the end of the tunnel as a reward for hard work. Kudos to La'Shanda! Enjoy your day!

Aug 27, 2020 05:35 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I love Donald Urschalitz 's comment James Dray . While my Tina was in Basic Training I was surprised at the large number of young women enlisted to serve our country. Contrary to the empression the news gives there are many, many more young people who LOVE the USA.

Aug 27, 2020 05:45 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Another story of a great American hero. She is so young...just amazing.

Aug 27, 2020 06:06 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Thanks James for the story on this outstanding lady in the Coast Guard.  Make it a great day!


Aug 27, 2020 07:36 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


So glad that Barbara Todaro posted her picture.  What a pretty and accomplished lady she is.  A

Aug 27, 2020 08:23 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Wow, what am impressive career so far, with more achievements to come, no doubt.

Aug 27, 2020 08:28 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is definitely a great success story and I love hearing them!  I hope that your day is being enjoyed!

Aug 27, 2020 09:33 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - so many accomplishments and many more to come.

Aug 27, 2020 10:12 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now that is quite the achievement and I know there will be more honors and achievements to come. 

Aug 27, 2020 12:22 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello James Dray very impressive biography of La Shanda Renee Holmes!

Aug 27, 2020 01:52 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I had a client who was a great helicopter pilot. She had 2 tours in Iraq and was tough as nails. Great post today....

I hope you are safe. Happy Thursday evening Jame

Aug 27, 2020 09:56 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I seems to me that La'Shanda Renee is leading a great life and enjoying her passion for flying. Good for her!


Sep 21, 2020 04:36 PM