African American Women on the Hill

Spring Networking Happy Hour and  “Last Hurrah” at Johnny’s Half Shell (5/20/2016)


The African American Women on the Hill Network

For a Spring Networking Happy Hour


“Last Hurrah” at Johnny’s Half Shell

Please join us as we welcome warmer weather and bid farewell to our favorite watering hole before their Capitol Hill location closes and relocates to Adams Morgan.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Johnny’s Half Shell
400 N. Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC

Special Happy Hour prices until 7:30pm so try and break away

No RSVP Necessary.

ALL are Welcome!

AAWHN Leadership Roundtable Series w/ Rep. Watson Coleman (4/29)

African American Women on the Hill Network  




Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ)


When: Friday, April 29, 2016

Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Where: H-144, U.S. Capitol 

Join the AAWHN as we have a candid discussion with the Congresswoman representing New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District.

Please RSVP by Thursday, April 28, 2016. 

AAWHN Leadership Roundtable: Congressional Staff and K Street (6/23)

The African American Women on the Hill Network Presents:

the Leadership Roundtable Series featuring


Hope E. Goins,

Chief Counsel for Oversight, House Committee on Homeland Security


Alyssa Gowens Betz,

Senior Director, TwinLogic Strategies


Kellie Adesina,

Legislative Director, Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11)


Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: 1732 Longworth House Office Building

For a candid discussion about working as committee staff, transitioning to K street, and life in a leadership office.

Please RSVP to subject line “June 23rd Staff Speaker Series.” This event will be capped as space is limited.

Executive Branch Panel: Working in the Administration

African American Women on the Hill Network Presents:



Featuring Panelists:


Jamie Jackson, National Security Director in the Office of Presidential Personnel, The White House


 Mekell Mikell, Special Advisor to the Director in the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, Department of Energy


Michelle Millben, Director of Congressional Affairs in the Office of Presidential Personnel, The White House


Ajashu Thomas, Deputy Press Secretary in the Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation


Aketa (Simmons) Williams, Director of Strategic Outreach and Engagement in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, Department of Education


Date:  Mon, May 11, 2015

Time:  5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center,

Congressional Room SOUTH

AAWHN Speaker Series Featuring Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (4/23)

African American Women on the Hill Network Presents: 
Leadership Roundtable Speaker Series


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)

Date: April 23, 2015
Time: 1:00pm
Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485
No RSVP Necessary

Kirsten Gillibrand was first sworn in as United States Senator from New York in January 2009. In November 2012, Gillibrand was elected to her first six-year Senate term with a historic 72 percent of the vote, winning 60 of New York’s 62 counties. Prior to her service in the Senate, Gillibrand served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing New York’s 20th Congressional District, which spanned 10 counties in upstate New York.

Throughout her time in Congress, Senator Gillibrand has been committed to open and honest government. When she was first elected, she pledged to bring unprecedented transparency and access to her post. She became the first Member of Congress to post her official public schedule, personal financial disclosure, and federal earmark requests online. The New York Times called Gillibrand’s commitment to transparency a “quiet touch of revolution” in Washington, and The Sunlight Foundation, the leading advocacy organization dedicated to making government more open and transparent, praised Senator Gillibrand as a pioneer for her work.From her seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gillibrand has been a vocal advocate for strengthening America’s armed services, national security and military readiness. In 2013, as chair of the sub-committee on personnel, she held the first Senate hearing on the issue of sexual assault in the military in almost a decade. Gillibrand went on to lead the fight in reforming how the military handles sexual assault cases, building a broad bipartisan coalition of 55 Senators in support of legislation to remove sexual assault cases from the chain of command.

In April 2014, in honor of her ability to work across the aisle and elevate the issues that are important to her, Gillibrand was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People In The World.”After attending Albany’s Academy of Holy Names, Senator Gillibrand graduated in 1984 from Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, the first all women’s high school in the United States. A magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College in 1988, Gillibrand went on to receive her law degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1991 and served as a law clerk on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

AAWHN and SBLSC Present: A Discussion with Senator Tim Scott and Senator Cory Booker (12/9)

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The African American Women on the Hill Network
& The Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus


A Discussion with Senator Tim Scott and Senator Cory Booker

timscott    cory booker

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time:  12:30 – 1:30 pm
Location:  Russell 485

United States Senator Tim Scott is working daily to ensure that every American has the opportunity to succeed.

Growing up poor in a single parent household in North Charleston, South Carolina, Tim learned the importance of faith, hard work, and living within your means. By understanding the basic economic principles Washington so often forgets, and with the same determination he brings to advancing conservative principles in the Senate, Scott grew from his humble beginnings to build one of the most successful Allstate agencies in South Carolina.

An unbridled optimist, Senator Scott believes that despite our current challenges, our nation’s brightest days are ahead of us. As a teenager, Tim had the fortune of meeting a strong, conservative mentor, John Moniz. Moniz helped instill in Tim the notion that you can think your way out of poverty, and that the golden opportunity is always right around the corner. The American Dream is alive and well, and Tim’s story is a concrete example of that.

Senator Scott was sworn in to the U.S. Senate in January 2013. He has launched his Opportunity Agenda, a new way forward including robust initiatives that give our students and workers the greatest chance to succeed. Tim knows that success is created in studio apartments and garages, at kitchen tables, and in classrooms across the nation – not in government conference rooms in Washington.

His agenda will empower Americans through economic freedom and high-quality education. Senator Scott will work with anyone else committed to building a better future to develop bold ideas that break away from our past failures. This includes tax reform to increase economic freedom, expanding school choice so every child has a chance at a quality education, and providing alternatives for single parents to work their 40 hours a week by allowing for wider use of comp time.

Senator Scott is also working to find ways to help redevelop our poorest areas without pushing current residents out, bring down energy costs that consume a quarter of after-tax income for families making $30,000 or less, help young offenders and those aging out of the foster care system to receive the vital opportunity for education, and ensure our kids who want to attend college can do so without incurring debilitating debt.

Tim also continues his work to get our nation’s spending under control, and has opposed measures he believes do not go far enough. In his first hundred days as a Senator, he worked with colleagues to introduce a Balanced Budget Amendment, and was an original cosponsor on a bill to permanently ban the wasteful earmarking process.

Prior to being sworn in to the Senate, Senator Scott served in the United States House of Representatives from 2011-2013, where he was a member of House leadership and sat on the influential House Rules Committee. Tim also served on Charleston County Council for 13 years, including four terms as Chair and in the South Carolina House of Representatives for two years where he was elected Chairman of the Freshman Caucus and House Whip. He was the owner of Tim Scott Allstate and partner of Pathway Real Estate Group.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is connected to the people he serves and the challenges they face every day. He has spent 16 years in public office focused on addressing the vital needs of New Jersey families by putting partisanship aside to get things done.

Cory was raised in Harrington Park in Bergen County, New Jersey. A star athlete at Northern Valley High School in Old Tappan, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University, where he also played for the football team. While at Stanford, he ran a crisis hotline for students and worked with disadvantaged youth in East Palo Alto. He then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar where he managed a student tutoring and mentoring program in a disadvantaged community. Cory went on to Yale Law School, where he helped lead free legal clinics for New Haven residents.

After earning his law degree, Cory moved to Newark, where he served on the Newark City Council and lived for eight years in Brick Towers, a low-income housing complex. In 2006, he was elected to his first of two terms as mayor of Newark. He now owns a home and lives in Newark’s Central Ward community.

In 2013, Cory won a special U.S. Senate election in October 2013 to complete the term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg and became New Jersey’s first African-American senator. He serves on the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation, Small Business and Entrepreneurship and Environment and Public Works Committees.

In his short time in the Senate, Cory has worked across the aisle to sponsor sweeping legislation to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system, passed legislation to ensure veterans with traumatic brain injuries received the medical care they deserve, and has fought to ensure women receive fair treatment in the workplace and full control over their personal health decisions.


AAWHN Leadership Roundtable with White House and Senate Staffers (10/15)

African American Women on the Hill Network Presents:



Director of Legislative Affairs at the Office of Vice President Joe Biden 


Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Finance

When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time:  12:30 – 1:30 pm
Where: H-144 U.S. Capitol

Join the AAWHN Leadership Roundtable Series for an opportunity to have a candid discussion with senior White House and Senate staffers.

Please email “Senior Staff October 15 Roundtable” to

This event will not be capped.