In 2015 the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released a report detailing the lack of diversity amongst senior level staffers in the Senate. The findings cut across both parties and highlighted a real lack of representation. In 2018 the Joint Center followed that first report with a deep dive this time into the House’s similar lack of diversity. With a new Congress being sworn in this is the perfect opportunity to hold bipartisan discussions on why this problem persists and what can be done about it. This is also an opportunity to encourage new Members of Congress to consider diversity and representation as they make their hiring decisions. Making the change on the Hill can reverberate elsewhere in DC. Men and women who start on Capitol Hill often go on to lead trade associations and policy and lobby shops. If diversity is wanting among Congressional staff, that dearth will pervade throughout the government relations industry.
Unlike previously noted, the event will begin at 8:30 am instead of 8:00 am.
A light breakfast will be provided.
- Spencer Overton, President, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
- Kemba Hendrix, Director, House Democratic Diversity Initiative
- Jennifer DeCasper. Chief of Staff, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
- Angela Manso, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund
Moderator: Taylor Lemmons, Co-Chair DEI Committee, Quorum
This is a free event.
This conversation is off the record and not for press purposes.
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