Diversity and Inclusion Committee


WCSA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is excited to work alongside other WCSA members and Congressional Staff organizations to further diversity and inclusion within WCSA on and off Capitol Hill. One of the committee’s main goals for this year is to ensure that WCSA is working to foster an inclusive environment within and on Capitol Hill.

We hope to accomplish this by working collaboratively to plan panels, networking events, and other programming focused on women and diversity. 

Co-Chairs: Nisha Thanawala and Nandini Narayan

Nisha Thanawala is currently a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, who represents New York’s 9th Congressional District. Her portfolio consists of immigration, housing, health, education, women’s issues, animals, and veterans.

Nisha received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida in May 2019. Right after graduating, she began her Hill career as an Intern for Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) in May 2019, and served in many roles with her last position being Legislative Aide.

As a South Asian Muslim woman, she strives to bring and encourage diverse representation and perspectives to her work and in Congress. In her free time, Nisha likes to cook, bake, travel, mentor, discover new restaurants, and spend quality time with her friends and family.

Nandini Narayan has been a Legislative Assistant/D.C. Scheduler for Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21) since March of 2019. Her assigned portfolio includes immigration, defense, veterans’ affairs, small business, technology, law enforcement and many others.

In the 115th Congress she worked for Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17) in many different capacities. She started her congressional career in Rep. Khanna’s district office before she even graduated from California State University, East Bay with a double major in Biochemistry and Business Administration. Working for a Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) member has always been a big priority for her.

In her spare time Nandini likes to tutor, bake, paint, work on puzzles and watch the 49ers win!

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