(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Each March, in recognition of Women’s History Month, members of the Legislature have the honor of recognizing a member of their community as their district’s Woman of the Year. This afternoon during a remote ceremony on the Assembly Floor, Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord) was able to honor and recognize Latressa Wilson Alford, J.D. of Vallejo.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be able to recognize Latressa as the 14th Assembly District's Woman of the Year,” said Assemblymember Grayson. “I am so inspired by Latressa and the work that she's done for our region, and I hope that by honoring her in this way she will inspire and lift up even more members of our community.”
Latressa Wilson Alford, J.D. is a member of the Napa-Solano Chapter of Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) and serves as its Chapter Vice President. She serves on BWOPA’s State Board as its State Director of Legislative Education and Policy and has previously been awarded the organization’s highest honor, the Ella Hill Hutch Award.
Latressa is Senior Campaign Advisor for U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee of the13th Congressional District. She previously served as Senior Aide to Congressman George Miller for 15 years until his retirement in 2015. Latressa is highly respected for her success helping to elect black women to office and is one of the founding members of California's Black Women’s Collective – a statewide initiative to support women in elected and appointed offices.
As CEO of the firm L. Wilson Alford & Associates, she provides community engagement services and assists agencies seeking to work on issues of diversity and inclusion. She recently assisted the City of Richmond to reach underserved communities with its innovative First Mile, Last Mile Transportation Strategic Plan.
A resident of Vallejo, Latressa serves on the Board of the Community Democratic Club and is Vice Chair of the City of Vallejo Design Review Board. In 2019, Latressa collaborated with a team of diverse women to draw the winning map for the first-ever District elections in Vallejo.
A strong advocate for promoting and protecting the performing arts, she was inducted into the Bay Area Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.
Latressa is also an Adjunct Professor and a featured lecturer on Law and Public Policy throughout the Bay Area, which has included the School of Nursing at Touro University.
Latressa has a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from New College/JFK University, School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from San Jose State University and is the proud mother of three daughters.