Diversity and Inclusion Committee


WCSA’s newly formed 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. 

Want to get more involved?  Email Maisha Imam or Ivelisse Porroa if you have any questions or comments about the committee and upcoming year.

Co-Chairs: Maisha Imam & Ivelisse Porroa 

Maisha Imam joined the Office of Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) as a Staff Assistant/Office Manager in March, prior to finishing her undergraduate studies from The University of Georgia, with a BA in International Affairs and a BA in Political Science. Before that, she interned for the Office of Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38), the Office of Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), and the US Agency for Global Media through the Muslim Public Service Network. 

Maisha is a Co-Founder of the DC Chapter of the Muslim Women's Professional Network, an award-winning non-profit organization that aims to engage, empower, and connect Muslim women, with a focus on professional development and community service. She has also graduated from the Muslim Women's Organizing Institute as a fellow for the Justice for Muslims Collective, helping combat Islamophobia in the DMV area. In addition, she serves as a mentor in the College to Congress mentorship program, advising low-income, high-achieving students to create a more equitable Capitol Hill. Maisha hopes to inspire other women of color to enter public policy and government spaces to reflect a much needed, diverse perspective.    

Ivelisse Porroa-Garcia serves as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D., who represents California’s 36th District and is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Ivelisse handles his Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee work and manages his policy efforts on the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, veterans’ toxic exposure, environmental justice, women’s health, and gun violence prevention. She is also the Congressman’s liaison with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and manages his Congressional Burn Pits Caucus. Prior to joining Team Ruiz, she worked for Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).  Ivelisse was born and raised in Lima, Peru, where she studied law at Universidad de Lima before moving to the United States. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. During her free time, you can find her painting floral abstracts or playing with her Bengal cat, Kashi.

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