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 Kaitlyn Montan or Ivelisse Porroa if you have any questions or comments about the committee and upcoming year.


Co-Chairs: Kaitlyn Montan & Ivelisse Porroa 



Kaitlyn Montan has been a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) since January 2019. Kaitlyn handles his Education and Labor Committee work and his position as Co-Chair of the Pre-K Caucus, as well as his policy efforts on immigration, homeland security, and women's issues. Additionally, she supports his work as the Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, especially on issues relating to immigration, education, and labor. She started her career on the Hill after graduating in May 2017 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, where she double majored in International Studies and Political Science. After completing an internship in the district office of Congresswoman Eddie B. Johnson’s office, she decided to leave Dallas and head to DC for internship in Congresswoman Johnson's DC office. A few months later she started working for former Member Gene Green, where she was a Staff Assistant and later a Legislative Assistant in his office during his last years in Congress. Additionally, she has been using her free time to participate in Congressional Staff Associations, such as the Women's Congressional Staff Association (WCSA) and the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association. Other times, you can find her exploring new sights around the DMV area or reading another book.  



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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