Lathan was educated in the Chicago Public School system and received his formal education at both George Williams College and Roosevelt University with a BA in Public Administration and General Studies.
With a long and successful background in youth, community, and policy development, Mr. Lathan has served in various position as a youth volunteer, staff with the Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Boys and Girls Clubs, Chicago Park District, and the State of Illinois for over 45 years. He has worked on community and youth development policy initiatives with particular focus on deprivation issues and programs for families and young people in socially disorganized neighborhoods and communities throughout Illinois; trained indigenous youth and adults in areas of community organization; developed numerous community initiatives in many public housing, suburban, disadvantaged and resources depleted neighborhoods in Illinois; established several local and statewide projects including the Illinois Council of Area Projects, People Organization of Robbins, Unity West Collaboration, Horner Association of Men, Male Alliance for Leadership and Economic Security, and many others. Many of these projects focused on youth development certification, gang intervention/diversion, youth/adult employment projects, crime prevention, community coordination and planning projects, economic development, and capacity building. Mr. Lathan served as public policy liaison on behalf of community and youth services in state and federal legislatures.
Mr. Lathan also works with: Civic – Board of Directors, Cathedral Shelter of Chicago, Jordan Boys and Girls Clubs, Henry Horner Alumni and Associates, Inner Voice, Inc., Rush Medical Center/Westside Science and Math Excellence Network, Illinois Commission of Volunteerism and Community Services, Illinois Council of Responsible Fatherhood, Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention, Illinois Black Executive Director Coalition, and many other local and statewide efforts.