CHARLESTON -- Kanawha County Delegate Meshea Poore visited to the nation's capital this week to work with senior decision and policy makers in President Obama's administration and other state leaders from throughout the country on the President's agenda for the African American community.
"I am truly honored to have been invited to participate in such a positive, much-needed effort on behalf of this country's African American population, and to represent my district and the State of West Virginia," said Poore, an attorney. "It's an exciting opportunity not only to join in an initiative of national importance, but also to be able to bring back valuable information to my home state."
On Wednesday, Poore attended the White House Policy in Action Leadership Conference hosted by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.
The conference offers participants an opportunity to learn more about how the President's agenda and policies have benefitted the African American community and to:
"Interact and engage with senior decision and policy makers in the Obama Administration from a diverse array of policy areas; Develop ways to collaborate with the Administration and other leaders from across the country to address pressing issues that affect the African American community; and Obtain information in order to develop local action steps to address the issue of unemployment in the African American community."
As part of the day-long conference at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, each participant joined two afternoon break-out sessions, facilitated by senior White House and Administration Officials.
"With the difficult times West Virginians have been facing, I am eager to learn of every opportunity to create jobs, expand education and training, reduce poverty, decrease prison overcrowding and increase public safety," Poore said.