DeAngela Burns-Wallace

Secretary of Administration and Chief Information Technology Officer for state of Kansas

Where were you born and raised?
Kansas City, MO.

What is your occupation?
Secretary of Administration and Chief Information Technology Officer for State of Kansas.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Family reunions in Swope Park. Working at Worlds of Fun. Being with cousins and my family at family gathers (Granny's home - her front porch on 37th Indiana) - family makes a difference and we were also together and supporting.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month is a moment of celebration and acknowledgment of the contributions of Black Americans to the founding, building, and lasting strength of our nation and the world.

What do you believe is the most important issue currently facing the Black community?
Equity and access on many levels. Education, healthcare, workforce opportunities, housing- equitable access is still something we are fighting for on many levels.

When did you realize you were Black in America and what has that meant for your life?
I was raised to know and appreciate my blackness from a young age - so not sure how to answer the first part- what that has always meant for me personally was that I work harder, strive to be the best and always represent excellence when I show up, it matters.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration to push for change?
My son. For his future, his access to opportunity, his success and his journey.

How have you supported or contributed to the local Black community?
I am member of various organizations that enrich and support the black community but also I am an active member and voice of that community on both the Missouri and Kansas side of the border. Also I serve in public sector role where i work to bring issues of equity and inclusion to every policy decision possible.

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