Donisha Cotlone joined TACHC as its Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator in July 2020. She was born in Lufkin, Texas, raised and educated in Houston, Texas. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston (UH). During her time at UH she became heavily involved in civic engagement through registering citizens to vote in 5 counties in the Houston area. Following voter registration efforts, Donisha worked with Battleground Texas to help Get Out the Vote efforts for various statewide elections. During the 86th Texas Legislative Session, she worked as a policy analyst for the Texas Legislative Study Group where she focused on the Elections and Land and Resource Management Committees. After the session, she was hired as the Community and Constituent Liaison for Representative Jarvis Johnson where she developed skills collaborating with local, state and federal elected officials, organizations and district constituents. During her part-time internship at Full Circle Strategies, a racial equity consulting firm, she assisted organizations with implementing racial equity practices through research, training, coaching and outreach.
As Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, Donisha leads health center advocacy programs in Texas. Her duties include building relationships with health center leaders across the state to assist with developing plans that suit their advocacy efforts at state and federal levels. Donisha also helps to identify, train, and coach health center staff, boards, patients and external stakeholders to increase support at the state and federal levels to improve health status of vulnerable communities, strengthen community health centers and increase access to care and health insurance for medically underserved populations. In addition, Donisha writes and distributes advocacy materials, develops advocacy strategy and tactics to help advance policy goals and helps to integrate advocacy policy into all TACHC departments, programs and services