Before serving as Executive Director of Diversified Community Services, Otis served as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Services (MOCS), the City of Philadelphia’s anti-poverty agency. In 2008, Otis joined the Mayoral Administration as the Deputy Executive Director of MOCS and was later appointed Executive Director by Mayor Michael A. Nutter.
Otis has been featured in The Immortality of Influence, by Salome Thomas-El ©, and I Choose to Stay, a memoir by Salome Thomas-El © 2003, excerpted and adapted in Chicken Soup for the African American Soul © 2004. The chapter centered on how Otis, a former inner-city chess student of Salome Thomas-El at Vaux Middle School, beat the odds and became Thomas-El’s first student to graduate from college.
Otis became the first in his family to complete college and law school. A graduate of University City High School, Otis went on to receive his postsecondary education from local universities, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Chester University in 2000, and his law degree from Temple University School of Law in 2004.
As a law student, Otis interned with the Defenders Association of Philadelphia, Temple Legal Aid Office, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, and the Federal Defenders Association and received numerous awards, including the Greg R. Wiegand Memorial Fund Award, Black Law Student’s Association Community Service Award, and recently the West Chester University 2012 Legacy of Leadership Award.