League of Women Voters of Woodland Announces 2022 Democracy Works Award Winner – Daily Democrat


Tessa Smith, the current chair of the Multi-Cultural Community Council, is the recipient of the League of Women Voters 2022 Democracy Works Award.

Smith was nominated by Will Ferrier and Wendy Wilcox. They state, “Tessa Smith has dedicated her life’s work to positively impacting and improving the human experience of local citizens by closing the racial disparity gap. Tessa has worked tirelessly as chair of the Yolo County Multicultural Community Council (MCCC), a group that advises the district attorney’s office on community and racial issues. She also brought together a rich mix of stakeholders to raise awareness in an effort to effect change on the issue of racial disparities in the health care, criminal justice and child welfare systems.

Ms. Smith resides in Woodland and is employed by the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) as the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator and is engaged in the following community groups:

  • Appointed to Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Member of the MICAH Forum, a partnership with Greater Second Baptist Church
    and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Woodland.
  • Current President of the MCCC and member since 2016.
  • Co-lead of Resilient Yolo, a group of trainers and providers working to reduce
    negative childhood experiences and build resilience in children and families
  • Leads the HHSA Cultural Competency Committee
  • Mental Health First Aid Trainer for HHSA, training over 4,000 community members. (MHFA teaches understanding the signs and symptoms of a mental health crisis.)

Learn more about Tessa Smith at the Democracy Works Awards and Dinner on Wednesday, May 25 at the Historic Woodland Hotel, located at College and Main Street in Woodland.

The car park is located at the rear of the hotel. Patio doors open at 5:30 p.m. The presentation begins at 6:00 p.m. sharp with a catered dinner to follow on the charming patio of the hotel. Tickets for the event, including dinner, are available on the League website as reservations are required. The reservation form is posted on the LWVW website my.lwv.org/california/woodland with two payment options.

The LWVW annual meeting will take place after dinner and members of the public are welcome to attend our Democracy Works award and dinner and then stay for the meeting.


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