WCSA Events and Activities Director Candidate Statements (2 available positions): 

Alison Feinswog

During my two and a half years on Capitol Hill, the Women’s Congressional Staff Association has been a valuable resource for growing both personally and professionally. Whether at happy hours, virtual cooking classes, or cookie decorating parties, I have met incredible, badass women, and now hope to give back to the organization as Events & Activities Director. As we navigate through whatever is to come with the pandemic, our events will have to adapt. As Events & Activities Director, I hope to find virtual, outdoor, and in-person activity options that ensure everyone feels comfortable and welcome. I want to help WCSA be a place where women staffers can harness all their pent-up pandemic social energy and create a support network on Capitol Hill. Beyond building professional connections, I hope to plan events that will foster community and genuine friendships. I know how intimidating Capitol Hill can be, and I hope that potential activities such as art classes, ice cream socials, or attending a Washington Spirit or Mystics game can provide a welcoming space to meet new people and explore DC. WCSA events can also bring a needed break to a chaotic workday. We could host morning coffees, lunch picnics, or an afternoon snack break to recharge and bring some selfcare into the workday. Through WCSA, I hope to play a small part in the fight to ensure women not only have a seat at the table, but have a seat at the head of the table across Capitol Hill.

Sarah Callander

I am inspired to run for re-election as Events & Activities Co-Chair because of the work WCSA has done to connect women on the Hill. This past year and half has been one of the most challenging periods – especially for Hill staffers who continue to face difficult circumstances with little formal support. As staffers, our conversations often revolve around politics but not always about improving the workplace. Sometimes we feel alone and don’t know how to seek out advice, mentorship, or advocates. WCSA is a much-needed resource that can provide a community to all women staffers.

Having worked in both district and D.C. offices and many other roles, my passion will always be engaging and helping people. I am proud that WCSA members have been able to stay in touch through virtual events – especially when many moved back to their parents’ homes!  I was pleased to assist in planning dialogues on mental health and burn-out, a Galentine’s Day cookie decorating party, a holiday book exchange and meetings of the WCSA book club, and breakfast and happy hour meet-ups. I was especially proud to host journalist, Anna Palmer for a chat about the 117th Congress and her experience in the changing political journalism field. 

I hope to continue my work as WCSA Events & Activities Chair through creating events that involve all WCSA members and support them in whatever they need.

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