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 Councilwoman Kesha Hodge Washington's Biography

Kesha Hodge Washington was sworn in as District 8 Councilwoman on April 17, 2023, she is the first African-American woman to be elected to the Phoenix City Council.  Councilwoman Hodge Washington serves on the Economic Development and Housing and Transportation Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittees and her top priorities in the district are homelessness, affordable and attainable housing, and economic development.

Councilwoman Hodge Washington moved to Arizona from the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1999 and has been active in Phoenix ever since. The daughter of a mechanic and a bookkeeper, she is a first-generation college graduate who earned her bachelor's degree from the University of the Virgin Islands and her law degree from Arizona State University College of Law.

After graduating from law school, she clerked at the Arizona Court of Appeals. She served as Assistant Attorney General working to protect children in physically and sexually abusive environments, before moving into private practice.  

Councilwoman Hodge Washington is a professional problem solver, lawyer, consensus builder, and passionate leader committed to the constructive development of our community. Her 20 years of experience in law firms, government practice, and in-house settings has given Kesha valuable insight on how to effectively achieve results.

Among her community service, she helps to raise scholarship money for high school and college students, mentors young women, and provides free legal services to those in need. She is also active with several organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the American Bar Association. ​