CBA Presents the 2019 TrailBlazer Awards



On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the Congressional Black Associates (CBA) hosted its Annual Trailblazer’s Awards, where Members of Congress and congressional staff are recognized for their distinguished achievements and respected influence. In honor of the recent history made in the 116th Congress with the most black women elected to Congress and appointed to leadership roles in the House of Representatives, CBA dedicated the Trailblazer's Awards to salute the black women on the Hill in leadership who have not only attained professional success in their own right, but in doing so, have set a trail for others to follow.

"We appreciate those who attended CBA's Annual Trailblazer’s Awards and it was our honor to recognize Members of Congress and congressional staff who have ignited a flame of inspiration, empowerment, and new opportunities for black staffers on Capitol Hill. We look forward to continuing to celebrate the accomplishments of black staffers on Capitol Hill," said Audra Jackson, President of the Congressional Black Associates.   

In addition to words of wisdom from the honorees, the audience heard powerful remarks from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts,“You all are chosen family, this is a very rare walk and journey that you are on and lets just make sure that we continue to build communities and strong precedent that will last."

The Congressional Black Associates (CBA), is a non-partisan Congressional Staff Organization of the United States House of Representatives. The purpose of CBA is to enhance the political, social and economic capabilities of Black Capitol Hill staffers  through professional development, community service, and social networking opportunities.


2019 CBA Trailblazer Honorees 

Rep. Karen Bass – CBC Chair

Rep. Yvette Clarke- CBA Sponsor

Black Women’s Congressional Alliance

Stephanie Cherry- Director of Media Affairs, Speaker Pelosi

Ashley Etienne-Senior Advisor and Communications Director, Speaker Pelosi

Shuwanza Goff- Director of Floor Operations, Leader Hoyer

Hope Goins- Staff Director, Committee on Homeland Security

Taylor Griffin- Press Secretary, Speaker Pelosi

Kemba Hendrix- Director of Diversity, Committee on House Administration

Tasia Jackson- Chief of Staff, Democratic Caucus Chairman Jeffries

Cheryl Johnson- Clerk of the House

Charla Ouertatani – Staff Director, Committee on Financial Services

Ashli Palmer- Director of Floor Operations, Whip Clyburn

Wyndee Parker- National Security Advisor, Speaker Pelosi

Véronique Pluviose – Staff Director, Committee on Education and Workforce 

Latrice Powell- Deputy Floor Director, Speaker Pelosi

Wintta Woldemariam- Policy Director, Whip Clyburn

Shalanda Young- Staff Director, Committee on Appropriations