Velva currently serves as:
- Chair, Travis County Civil Service Commission
- Member, City of Austin Ethics Commission
- Board Member, Austin Community Radio Inc. KAZI FM 88.7
- Board Member, iAct (Interfaith Action of Central Texas)
- Board Member Black Austin Democrats
- Trustee, Austin Lawyers Assistance Program
- Usher, David Chapel Baptist Church
In the past, Velva has been President of the Austin Bar Association; Board Member, State Bar of Texas; Member, Texas Supreme Court Grievance Oversight Commission; Officer, Central Austin Democrats.
Velva graduated from Colorado College in 1983 and the University of Texas School of Law in 1986.