Newly created department will focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, environmental impact, social impact and governance

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is creating a new Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Social Impact to further the organization’s long history of focusing on diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), environmental and social impact in the communities it serves.

 “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,” said William Sudow, chairperson of the Airports Authority Board of Directors.

At Wednesday’s Board of Directors meeting, Tanisha Lewis was named to the newly created role of vice president of diversity, inclusion and social impact. In her new position, Lewis will build a team to consolidate and deliver strategies and programs related to DEI across the Airports Authority. This office will also partner with the leadership team to align the Airports Authority’s DEI strategic 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,” said Airports Authority President and Chief Executive Officer John E. Potter.

A 21-year veteran of the Airports Authority, Lewis brings extensive Human Resources leadership experience to the position. She has served in key Human Resources 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 robust 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.