Sista to Watch: CO Senator Angela Williams

Headshot_official.jpgOccupation Colorado State Senator Angela Williams

Twitter Handle: @COSenWilliams

 

About Angela Williams

Angela Williams is the current Colorado State Senator representing Senate District 33.   Prior to beginning her first term as State Senator in 2017, she represented House District 7 in the Colorado House of Representatives for six years.   Williams is the first African American female to serve as the House Majority Caucus Chair.  Williams served as the Chair of the Business, Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee; and a member of the Legislative Council Committee.  Williams also served as Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee as a freshman and later as its Chair.  Williams founded the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus and currently serves as the Chairwoman.  Williams is known as the Democrat business champion of the Colorado General Assembly. 

Senator Williams  is known for working across the isle to find solutions to complex issues.  As one of the few women of color serving in the Colorado legislature, promoting legislation that advances equality for all women and the underserved is important to Williams.  Williams has been recognized on a National level for her work on Rebuilding Trust between community and Police.  Before pursuing a life in public service she was the principal owner of Angela Williams Allstate Insurance Agency for 14 years.

Williams is affiliated with several national organizations. She serves on committees of National Conference of State Legislators and National Black Caucus of State Legislators.  Other affiliations include Higher Heights for America, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc.  National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,  and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

 

Higher Heights: What inspired you to want to work in the political arena

Senator Williams: I was inspired to work in the political arena after many years of serving on non-profit boards.  I realized so many Coloradoans voices are not being represented in state government.  Underserved, people of color, children, women, seniors and the incarcerated.  I decided to run to be a voice for those who do not have a voice.

 

Higher Heights: What advice do you have for Black women that want to spark change?

Senator Williams: My advice to Black women who want to spark change is not to be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to begin the change.  Get involved and advocate for our children and families.  Being a leader of change is not easy, having the courage to be the voice for the voiceless will empower you to make the changes necessary for our communities.

 

Higher Heights: What do you feel is the single most pressing issue facing Black women today and why?

Senator Williams: The single most pressing issue facing Black women today is Black Women Leadership and Political representation.  We need to see more black women in leadership to represent this issues facing our women, children and families.  Representation is needed Black women in leadership positions on corporate and non-profit boards, more appointments to judicial, education, and health boards.  More black women being mentored to run for public office at the local, state and federal level will ensure our issues are being represented and Black women will stand up passionately for these issues. 

 

Higher Heights: Tell us about a woman mentor that has helped you on your journey? 

Senator Williams: The Honorable Gloria Tanner helped me on my journey and continues to help me on my journey.  The Honorable Gloria Tanner was the first African American female elected to the Colorado General Assembly of 100 years of Statehood.  Gloria has an open mind and mentors women every day.  She is the founder of National Organization of Black Elected Women and started its first leadership development program for Black Women who aspire to run for office.  Gloria is a lady who gives her coaching in a caring thoughtful way.  What I love most about Gloria’s mentorship is her ability to allow me to grow through this journey.