On March 6th, in the chambers of the Capital of California, District 7 Assemblymember Kevin McCarty named community representative Tamika L’Ecluse as his “Woman of the Year”.

L’Ecluse has a 13-year history working with children at the early childhood age, roughly age 6 and younger, and reducing African-American child mortality is a focus of her efforts as she currently works as the program Manager for the Greater Sacramento Urban League.

“We can’t forget our most vulnerable and often that’s our children,” said L’Ecluse. “It all comes down to the children and making sure they’re in an environment where they can thrive.”

L’Eclise has also volunteered as a board member, Vice President, and President of the Oak Park Neighborhood Association, and as an appointed member of the Sacramento Promise Zone Resident Council. Although her background is in work with children, her main emphasis is on helping the community at large.

“Supporting the people in the community is definitely my number one priority,” L’Eclise says.“I’ve always grown up in struggling neighborhoods and I think it gives me a more grounded perspective.”

L’Eclise has advocated for women’s rights, including reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and gender equity. In 2000 she campaigned for marriage equality against Proposition 22.

“Tamika L’Ecluse is a bright light in the Sacramento region, giving inspiration and hope to people in our community and throughout the 7th Assembly District,” commented Assemblymember McCarty. “I am pleased to honor Ms. L’Ecluse for her commitment and dedication to help students maximize their potential, to build a strong and diverse workforce and to improve the lives of residents throughout Sacramento County.”