Greetings Legislative Staff and Members,

I am Tanisha Woods, I bring you greetings from Oklahoma; wherein, I serve as Chief of Operations in Senate District 48; and I am the newly elected Chair of the African American Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (AALSCC).

Let us begin this new year with greater passion, purpose, and strategically aligned initiatives.  After a year of great uncertainty, we have leaped into the next challenge, which requires that we level up! I am excited and thankful for this grand opportunity to serve as the leader of our own prestigious organization. With focus, we will amass the quality of programs and network expansion desired. In doing so, we further align our scope with our flagship organization, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. Our goal of touching lives and transcending communities across the United States is attainable.

While we begin our work in 2021, I challenge us to remain steadfast in our pursuit of equitable policy, leveraging our skills in research and reporting, increasing our competitive roles, and sealing our place as one of the main sources in political awareness and talent. Together, we will accomplish these tenets with dedication, diligence, and intentionality.

Members of AALSCC, thank you for entrusting me with such an amazing opportunity to lead, speak, and promote the mission of our organization. Your vote of confidence as well as your time, effort, and accountability measures, serve as enormous encouragement. As your chair, it is my goal to involve the collective in maintaining our vision, recruitment, utilization of talents within our membership, increasing our national presence, and further cultivating relationships with the African American members of both the state and congressional legislatures.

To our President, Representative Billy Mitchell, and President-Elect Representative Laura V. Hall, we look forward to a continued opportunity to cultivate an organic supportive relationship, that provides motivational stimuli amongst NBCSL members, Leaders, Executives, and Corporate Roundtable members. Thank you for supporting us as we support you. We accept the challenge and are prepared to embrace our motto for 2021, “Filling in the gaps and Fortifying our Leaders”.

Cheers to an amazing year ahead!

Tanisha Woods, MSHRM
Chair, the African American Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (AALSCC)
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