State of Pennsylvania

06/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/14/2021 11:11

Governor Wolf Appoints 19 Members to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs

Governor Tom Wolf announced the appointment of 14 new commissioners and reappointment of 5 returning commissioners to the Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs.

'It is an honor to welcome our new and returning commissioners to the Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs,' said Governor Tom Wolf. 'My administration is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and our work to implement policies, programs and services that help Pennsylvanians - especially Black Pennsylvanians - is informed and improved by the work of this commission. Thank you to all of our commissioners for your dedication to serving your fellow Pennsylvanians.'

The Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs (GACAAA) was established by Executive Order 2015-07, to serve as the commonwealth's advocate agency for the African American community in Pennsylvania. GACAAA's mission is to ensure that state government is accessible and accountable by advising the governor on policies, procedures, legislation and regulations. GACAAA also works to expand and enhance the civic, social, educational, cultural and economic status of the African American Community.

The new members of the Commission held their first meeting virtually on Friday, June 11, 2021 to establish GACAAA policy priorities for the year.

The GACAAA members include:

Idris Abdul-Zahir, Philadelphia
Hasshan Batts, Lehigh
Rev. Dr. Malcolm Byrd D. Min, Philadelphia
Lauren Enlow, Philadelphia
Chioma Azi, Esquire, Philadelphia
Nasaiah Izon Hoskins, Monroe
Cynthia L. James, Allegheny
Glynis M. Johns, Lackawanna
Chantay Love, Philadelphia
Andita N. Parker Lloyd, Luzerne
Anette Nance, MSW, Allegheny
Shamelle Price-Wheeler, Allegheny
Oni Richards, Philadelphia
Wanda Richards, Montgomery
Haniyyah B. Sharpe-Brown, Philadelphia
Rev. Walter S. Thomas, Jr., Dauphin
Kyasha C. Tyson, Philadelphia
Dwan Walker, Beaver
Ivan Watson, Philadelphia