WCSA Membership Services Committee Director Candidate Statements (1 position available):

Imani Augustus

My name is Imani Augustus and today I’m asking that you support me for re-election to the position of WCSA’s Membership Services Committee Director.

This year, due to the success of our programming and planning, we’ve added over 220 new members to WCSA. Seventy-seven percent of those are dues-paying members who place a high value on the work our board does to plan professional and social events that help staffers develop skills and relationships they will use in their jobs.

We revived the job board, sharing more than 80 openings with our members. We successfully launched the mentorship program, working very hard to pair over 45 members with mentors who have common backgrounds and interests. We’ve built a stronger sense of community, reflected by more women who are excited to share career updates and promotions with the whole membership.

But there is still work to do. This year, we added less than 20 Republican women to our membership. If I were to continue in this role, I would work closely with our outreach team to see that number grow. I would work with the next board to step up the advertising of membership benefits to our audience and to plan more exclusive member experiences.

In the first 90 days of reelection to this position, I would help set up a New Member Meet Up, which will be an informal quarterly event for new members to get to know one another and the Executive Board. I know many women hope to find a friend to attend our events with and when I signed up as a member of WCSA, this is something that would have made my transition into the organization much easier.

From that time, as an intern who was unsure of herself to now a Legislative Director, WCSA has been a part of my story and journey on the Hill. I am committed to increasing our impact and holding the door open to this network for others looking to lean in. I hope I have opportunity to continue serving as your Member Services Director.

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