TNWPC Officers and Board Members
President / EC
Gabriela, as known as Gabby, received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Christian Brothers University in 2011. She is currently pursuing her PhD through the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University Of Tennessee Health Science Center. Gabby works on anti-malarial drug discovery in the department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Under the mentorship of Dr. Kip Guy, and in collaboration with her colleagues, she has published articles in several peer-reviewed scientific journals, including; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PlosOne, and Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters.
As a three time cancer survivor and a scientist, Gabby believes funding scientific research is imperative in American policy. She is a member of Life Sciences TN and advocates for venture capital for research and development for both industry and academia.
Gabby is also an active member of various organizations that work towards improving the lives of women and children. On the local level, she has worked with U.S. Dream Academy and the Society of Women in Engineering. On the National level, she has been involved with the Children’s Defense Fund and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.
Gabby was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia but moved to Memphis in 1996 at the age of seven. She became a U.S. citizen in 2007 and has been involved in politics ever since. Gabby has worked on many campaigns and has been a member of the caucus since 2009. She currently serves as an executive committee member of the Shelby County Democratic Party.
President-Elect / EC
Gloria Johnson taught Special Education for 27 years. After serving 4 years as Chair of the Knox County Democratic Party, she decided to run for State House 13 and was elected in 2012, serving through 2014. She was carried to victory by tapping grassroots support for education, women’s healthcare, and good paying jobs with equal pay for equal work.
VP of Membership
VP of Political Planning
Zulfat Suara is a Certified Public Accountant and the owner of Advance Business Consultants, CPA in Bolivar Tennessee and past state president of Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Tennessee. She has worked tirelessly addressing inequities that affect women in the workplace, and she continuously seeks to bring about fairness for all. For the last three years, she served as the Day on the Hill Chair, helping to coordinate joint legislative day on Capitol Hill for BPW and other women organizations, including the Tennessee Women’s Political Caucus.
In 2003, she started the Hardeman County branch of Junior Achievement, a K-12 program that teaches children to be fiscally responsible. Since its inception, the program has benefitted thousands of children in six different schools. In 2010, she was honored by the Jackson Sun and the Jackson BPW as one of 20 Most Influential Women in West Tennessee for her community involvement. She currently serves as the chair of The American Muslim Advisory Council and the vice- chair of the Hardeman County Democratic Women.
She previously ran for the Hardeman County School Board and received 41% of the votes despite running against the current chairman of the board. She plans to run again in adherence to her belief that more women are needed in politics.
Secretary / EC
Brigitte Tubbs-Jones serves as Director of Legal Services for the Tennessee Department of Human Resources, where she serves as the Commissioner’s designee for all employment appeals. She is also responsible for all contracts of the Department relative to procuring professional services as well as approval of requisitions for all state agencies.
She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee-Martin where she graduated magna cum laude and her law degree from the University of Tennessee.
An active volunteer in her community and state, she is committed to the profession of law and the advancement of government in service of her fellow Tennesseans. She is a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Law Class, a statewide leadership program sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association. She is an alumna of both LEAD Tennessee and the Tennessee Government Executive Institute (TGEI) program, sponsored by the University of Tennessee, Institute for Public Service. She also served as President of her TGEI class and now serves as the 2015 Chair of the TGEI Alumni network. She is a charter member of the Tennessee Government Leadership Council and serves on the Tennessee Wellness Council.
She was recently named on the 2015 “Top 40 Under 40” List of business professionals by the Nashville Business Journal.
Ex officio / TECW
Deidre Malone has devoted her career to the advancement of women in both public service and business. As a candidate she has run for Shelby County Mayor, and has run several successful political campaigns. She is the CEO of the Carter Malone Group in Memphis, TN, and the vice-chair of the Shelby County Democratic Party.