Makya is a mother, a former FBI and CIA officer, and an equity advocate. She is running to represent the new 19th District encompassing portions of Prince William and Fairfax Counties in Virginia’s House of Delegates. In 2019, Makya fought to reform how African American history is taught in Virginia as the Parent Advocate of Governor Northam’s Commission on African American History Education. As President of the TJ Alumni Action Group, she led the admissions reform advocacy efforts for the nation’s #1 high school—Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Most recently, as a survivor of domestic violence, she authored House Bill 1351 (known as “Makya’s Law”) and advocated for the removal of the one-year waiting period that victims of domestic violence must wait to be granted a full divorce in Virginia.
A certified Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practitioner who led the development of the CIA’s first accessibility strategy, Makya seeks to ensure a more inclusive future where shared prosperity is achieved collectively. Her goal is to enhance access and opportunities for residents of the 19th House District—one of the most diverse districts in the nation—and to center equity in all of Virginia’s legislation. Removing barriers with regard to transportation, justice, and women’s health and safety are her top priorities. Makya is a 26-year resident of Woodbridge, Virginia, a small business owner, and a coalition-builder who believes that partnerships and creative problem-solving are keys to her community’s enhanced success. She lives with her three children and service dog.