Staff and Board

BWOPA Leaders  

Staff/Officers

  • CEO & President:  Hon. Dezie Woods-Jones
  • COO & Executive Director:  LaNiece Jones 
  • Legislative Affairs Consultant:   Tiffaney Boyd 
  • Strategic Initiatives Consultant:  Caila Menefee Jones
  • Program Managers:  Tatiana Larkin | Charlette Viney | Monica Miller

Board Officers

  • Co-Founder & State President: Hon. Dezie Woods-Jones
  • 1st Vice President: Robyn Fisher, EdD
  • 2nd Vice President: Cassandra Joubert, ScD
  • Treasurer: Gwen Booze
  • Co-Founder & Historian: Hon. Alfreda Abbott
  • Legal Advisor: Hon. Diana Becton
  • Consulting Legal Advisors:  Anita Stearns Mayo, Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw & Pittman
  • Parliamentarian: Jan Glenn Davis
  • COO & Executive Director:  LaNiece Jones

Board of Directors at Large

  • Hon. Keisha Thomas, Fresno
  • Carol Crawford, Hayward/South County
  • Patrice Williams, Esq.,  Napa/Solano
  • Kimberly Mayfield, EdD. Oakland/Berkeley
  • Joey Smith, Richmond/Contra Costa
  • Myel Jenkins, Sacramento
  • Brigette LeBlanc, San Francisco/Peninsula
  • Vacant, San Jose
  • Kitty Brown, Stockton/Tracy
  • Cynthia LeBlanc, EdD, State
  • Melody Walcott, Esq., State

Regional Area Directors:

  • (Area 1) Cassandra Joubert, ScD, Napa/Solano & Richmond/Contra Costa & Sacramento
  • (Area 2) Lisa Gauthier, San Francisco/Peninsula & San Jose 
  • (Area 3) Hon. Surlene Grant, Hayward/So. County & Oakland/Berkeley 
  • (Area 4) Kitty Brown, Fresno/SJV & Stockton Tracy
  • (Area 5) Kellie Todd, Los Angeles/Southern CA. 

Chapter Presidents:

  • Fresno/San Joaquin Valley Chapter:  Hon. Cynthia Sterling
  • Hayward/South County: Hon. Rita Duncan
  • Napa/Solano: Deborah Dickson
  • Oakland/Berkeley:  AyAnna Moody
  • Richmond/Contra Costa:  Champagne Brown
  • Sacramento:  Mellonie Richardson
  • San Francisco/Peninsula:  Dr. Sheryl Evans Davis / Brittney Doyle
  • San Jose/Silicon Valley:  tbd  
  • Stockton/TracyLeslie Barranco, Esq.

Special State Presidents Appointments:

  • Legislative Coordinator:  Latressa Alford, Esq.
  • PAC Administrative Coordinator:  Tatiana Larkin
  • PAC Consultant: Cine Avery
  • Political Education Chair: Lisa Williams
  • Co-Chairs:  Peggy Moore & Treva Reid
  • Young Adult Caucus Coordinator: 
  • Merchandising CoordinatorRita Forte
  • Public Policy Advisors: Advising our State President and Board on BWOPA CORE issues
    • Latressa Alford, Esq
    • Taisha Brown
    • Shakari Byerly
    • Dr. Venise Curry
    • Hon. Rita Duncan
    • Hon. Shay Franco-Clausen
    • Hon. Heather Hutt
    • Tiffanee Jones
    • Kimberly Mayfield, EdD
    • Arrickia McDaniel, EdD
    • Hon. Treva Reid
    • Hon. Lori Wilson
    • Regina Wilson
    • Hon. Jayne Williams, Esq.

BWOPA-PAC BOARD:

  • Hon. Dezie Woods-Jones, Chair
  • LaNiece Jones, Executive Director
  • Tatiana Larkin,  PAC Administrative Coordinator
  • Meredith Brown, Legal Advisor
  • All Chapter Presidents
  • Cine Ivery, PAC Consultant 

Advisory Board Council

  • Hon. Alfreda Abbott
  • Judge Glenda Allen-Hill
  • Hon. Diana Becton
  • Hon. Mia Bonta
  • Hon. Alona Clifton
  • Hon. Gay Plair Cobb
  • Hon. Malia Cohen
  • Hon. Linda Handy
  • Hon. Judge Brenda Harbin Forte’ Retired
  • Hon. Jumoke Hinton 
  • Hon. Lynette McElhaney
  • Hon. Lesa McIntosh
  • Hon. Holly Mitchell
  • Yvette Radford
  • Melanie Shelby
  • Hon. Dottie Smith
  • Anita Williams

Honorary LEGACY Council:

  • Hon. Kamala Harris
  • Hon. Barbara Lee
  • Hon. Maxine Waters
  • Hon. Karen Bass
  • Hon. Diane Watson
  • Hon. Shirley Weber 
  • Hon. Irma Anderson
  • Hon. Judith Ford
  • Alice Huffman
  • Belva Davis Moore

BWOPA Trailblazers * BWOPA Leading The Way *

OUR LEGACY “SHERO’S” WALL OF HONOR!

For those that have paved the way, paid the price and made the difference….

We will always remember…..

  • Hon. Ella Hill Hutch
  • Sister Edith M. Austin
  • Honorable Teresa Hughes
  • Hon. Mary King
  • Sister Frankie Arrington
  • Sister Lillian Litzsey
  • Sister Phyllis Jones
  • Sister Victoria Redus
  • Hon. Doris Ward
  • Sister Dr. Julia Hare
  • Sister Vivian Bailey
  • Hon. Gwen Moore
  • Linda Crayton 

In Loving Memory

  • Alegra Angelo, DWJ Fellow 2016

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