WCSA Diversity and Inclusion Director Candidate Statements (2 positions available):

Nandini Narayan

I currently work for Congressman Pete Aguilar and have previously worked for Congressman TJ Cox and Congressman Ro Khanna, all three embody the diversity in California. They have all taught me, not only does representation matter, but diversity leads to more inclusive policy. As a WCSA Diversity and Inclusion Director, I would focus on planning events and panels that empower women to reach for their highest goals and not limit themselves. Women need to be part of all policy conversations that shape our future. And the key to achieving that is building a pipeline. I have seen how diversity pipelines can lead to diverse representation in California. I would be a person that anyone could reach out to for guidance and really focus on making Capitol Hill more inclusive, so it represents American. I hope to have your support!

Nisha Thanawala

I humbly ask for your vote to serve as the Women’s Congressional Staff Association (WCSA) Diversity and Inclusion Director Co-Chair. As a first-generation Indian and Muslim woman, I am passionate on alleviating the challenges women, specifically women of color (WOC), face during their career. Starting my career as an hill intern, I am lucky to have joined WSCA and utilize the abundant resources and events to hone and foster professional development skills, while also helping other women succeed. Through these resources and events, I am immensely grateful to have met incredible individuals who helped shape my career through their support and mentorship. Further, events tapered around diversity and inclusion were incredibly impactful to me as I learned and met women who guided and lifted me up. That is why, I want to seek this position so that I can empower other WOC to advance their careers and benefit from the immense opportunities and resources WCSA has to offer. Most importantly, I want to contribute to one of WSCA’s priorities of cultivating a supportive and inclusive environment for women on Capitol Hill – and I am enthusiastic to apply my unique experiences and ideas to further this goal. I appreciate and thank you for your consideration. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

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