Lecia Shorter is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she received a bachelor of science degree from the Marshall School of Business in finance and business economics with an emphasis in real estate. She also received a juris doctor degree from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Shorter presently owns a real estate consulting firm. She has received two certificates in mediation training and currently serves as a member of the California Court of Appeals Mediation Panel. She is also a freelance writer having written various political and social commentaries as well as a collection of spiritual essays. She is the author of the yet to be published book entitled "In Spirit and Truth."