I am deeply honored and humbled to accept the role as the newly appointed Chair of the National Black Legislative Staff Leadership Council. This appointment is not just a personal achievement but a testament to the collective effort and resilience of our community. Being a Black girl from Englewood of Chicago, I never dreamed this day would be possible!

I want to express my heartfelt appreciation to all those who have placed their trust in me to lead this esteemed organization. To the members of the council, thank you for your confidence and support. Your dedication to our cause inspires me every day, and I am committed to serving you to the best of my abilities. I would love to give a special thanks to Ms. Tanisha Woods, Our former Chair, who has been a mentor and has welcomed me into this organization formally known as AALSCC with open arms since day one.

Our mission at the National Black Legislative Staff Leadership Council is a noble one - to empower, uplift, and advocate for the voices of black legislative staff across the nation. In an era defined by unprecedented challenges and opportunities, our role has never been more crucial. We must be the beacon of hope for those who seek justice, equality, and representation in every corner of our society.

I pledge to work tirelessly alongside each and every one of you to advance our shared goals and objectives. Together, we will strive to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all. We will amplify the voices of the marginalized and disenfranchised, champion policies that promote equity and justice, and hold steadfast in our commitment to building a better tomorrow.

In closing, I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering support and dedication. Together, we will write the next chapter in the storied history of the National Black Legislative Staff Leadership Council, and together, we will make a difference.

Service is love,

Andrea Porter

Andrea Porter Chair- NBLSLC