Alicia Wilson is a black, female millennial lawyer who was born and raised in Baltimore City. She serves as the Senior Vice President of Impact Investments and Senior Legal Counsel at Covington Impact Investments LLC. In addition, Alicia also serves in a volunteer role as Chairman of The Board for the CollegeBound Foundation. It is a non-profit working exclusively out of Baltimore to help students pursue post-secondary education.
In her capacity serving in that role, Alicia was able to introduce her students to Former First Lady Michelle Obama. She had previously met Michelle through a mutual friend. Then she met up with her again during the book tour for Becoming in Washington. Both Alicia and Michelle spoke on stage in front of 150 of Alicia’s students.
“Without question, meeting First Lady Michelle Obama was transformative. I remember growing up and hearing that ‘so-and-so’ forgot where they came from… Mrs. Obama is no ‘so-and-so’ and it is evident that she has not forgotten. She not only looks back, but also comes back by extending her hand so that others might walk forward with her. ”
Alicia believes in today’s diverse youth
The challenges for young black women in the legal field have remained constant for decades. So, Alicia, as a black millennial lawyer, understands that change must come from within institutions and outside of them for diversity to flourish in the legal field.
Wilson believes for today’s diverse youth, it will be seeing other transformational black female leaders like Obama that will ignite change in the law industry, as the challenges for young black women in the legal field have remained constant for decades.
It is Alicia’s hope that young people will see black female lawyers like Michelle Obama and up-and-coming Vice President Kamala Harris and be inspired to pursue careers in the fields of law and government.
“I have followed Senator Kamala Harris’s life and career since she announced her run for attorney general of California. The breadth and depth of her experiences and character inspire me. I think that her choice to open her headquarters here speaks volumes about what we can expect from her as a candidate and executive. I would say to with her with open arms- welcome to Baltimore!”