MWAA Creates Diversity Office, Names VP

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has created an Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Impact.

“The Airports Authority’s Board of Directors supported the establishment of this new department, as its creation will further strengthen and improve the organization’s commitment to DEI,” Chairman William Sudow stated.

During Wednesday’s Board of Directors meeting, Tanisha Lewis was named to the newly created role of vice president of diversity, inclusion and social impact. She will be charged with consolidating strategies related to DEI across the organization and help align the Airports Authority’s DEI initiatives with overall business strategy, goals, and objectives to ensure that the organization represents and reflects the national capital region. 

“Combining these initiatives with data analysis and a clear strategic approach, the Airports Authority can objectively assess our current state, accurately report progress, and align corporate reporting with stakeholder expectations to transparently communicate what we stand for as an organization,” Airports Authority President and Chief Executive Officer John E. Potter stated. 

A 21-year employee of the Airports Authority, Lewis has served in several HR roles, most recently as manager of Human Capital Management Performance and Business Readiness. In the past five years, Lewis has led the implementation of the Airports Authority’s Human Capital Management System, created a succession planning and development program for critical positions, developed the Leadership Development and Supervisor Training courses, implemented a Management Intern Program, developed the Airports Authority’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program, and created the program’s first annual report. Lewis holds a master’s degree in human resource management from The Catholic University of America.

“Tanisha has a demonstrated record of diversity and social impact leadership and will be an asset to the Airports Authority’s leadership team,” Potter said.

8 thoughts on “MWAA Creates Diversity Office, Names VP

  • 2021-11-17 at 12:57 pm

    Diversity, equity & inclusion have gotten bad raps by some extremists in Loudoun County. But this story shows it’s the wave of the future. If young people want to succeed in the business world, they have to get with the program. (I think the vast majority of them already embrace DEI.) Congratulations & good luck to Tanisha Lewis. Happy Holidays, Loudoun!

  • 2021-11-17 at 4:58 pm

    What is a “record of diversity” – and how does it get planes to leave on time and improve lives of passengers

  • 2021-11-17 at 11:21 pm

    If she held several HR positions with the organization and has an excellent record on diversity why is there a diversity issue at the organization. If there isn’t a diversity issue at the organization why is this position necessary? She may be very competent at her job, I’m just curious why more tax dollars are being spent.

  • 2021-11-18 at 4:44 am

    We will have to watch and observe who they hire and who they are going to displace.

  • 2021-11-18 at 7:47 pm

    Yeah, how do planes and passengers benefit? Sounds like more PR for wmaa that is useless to most.

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